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Curriculum & Events

About the Academy

The mission of the 2024 Buffet Crampon USA Summer Clarinet Academy is to offer an outstanding summer educational clarinet seminar to talented student clarinetists 18-26 years of age. The student/teacher ratio will be 4:1. The low student teacher ratio will offer a unique opportunity for students to live and work closely with the internationally acclaimed Artist Faculty in a unique and intimate setting.


When: July 8-13, 2024

Where:  The University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida

Application Deadline: Applications must be postmarked on or before April 15, 2024


Tuition and Scholarships:

Academy tuition is $1700, which includes one-on-one lessons with each Artist Faculty member, group master classes with each Artist, Instrument Technology classes, and a visit to Buffet Crampon USA to try clarinets and accessories.  The Buffet Crampon USA Summer Clarinet Academy does not offer scholarships but does present the Stanley Drucker Award at the conclusion of the Academy.  The recipient, selected by the Artist Faculty, will be presented a Buffet Crampon GALA B-flat or A clarinet, hand-selected by a Buffet Crampon Artist.


The curriculum includes:

Daily Private Lessons and Masterclasses:  Special emphasis is placed on instruction and review of fundamentals, solo repertoire, orchestral excerpts, chamber music, performance and audition technique, reed making and adjusting, E-flat and bass clarinet performance, as well as instrument maintenance.  Each student receives one lesson from every member of the Artist Faculty.  Afternoons are devoted to in-depth masterclasses taught by Artist Faculty members.


Private rehearsal/practice time: Private rehearsal and practice time are part of the daily schedule of events. Piano-accompanied rehearsal time is scheduled in order for students to prepare for Academy student recitals. Staff accompanists are assigned to perform with Academy students.

Instrument Technology classes: A comprehensive hands-on seminar Instrument Technology Program will focus on instrument maintenance, adjustment, design and manufacture.

Visit to the Buffet Crampon USA headquarters: Students will have an opportunity to test instruments and accessories in the Buffet Crampon professional clarinet line. 

Evening recitals/activities: Evenings will feature recitals by Academy Artist Faculty and Academy students. The Academy will also host several informal social events attended by students, Artist Faculty and administrators.

Two levels of participation in The Academy are available:

Academy Student Level: Students receive daily private lessons and participate in all masterclasses, lectures, performances, outings and social events. Students will have the opportunity to perform in recital as soloists and chamber musicians.

Academy Auditor Level:  Auditors are invited to attend and observe Academy events including masterclasses, lectures, and performances. Auditors do not perform and do not receive or audit private lessons.

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