A noted clarinet artist, instructor, and clinician is the featured instructor for a clarinet masterclass at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, scheduled for Monday, Oct. 3.

James Tobin, an instructor of clarinet from Central Virginia is the featured clarinet performer and instructor this year. His students frequently place in the All-Virginia Band and Orchestra.

The purpose of the free, day-long event is to provide excellent clarinet training for area clarinetists – college clarinetists, high school and middle school students or community members – by outstanding, professional clarinetists/clinicians.

The event, which will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m., also introduces students from the region’s high schools to the music programs offered at UVa-Wise. As soon as students register, they will immediately be immersed in the day’s warmup routine. They will also be given a questionnaire focusing in on the day’s activities to enhance their critical thinking skills. The program is open to everyone from all parts of Southwest Virginia, East Tennessee and Eastern Kentucky.

Suzanna Masters, organizer of the event and a noted clarinetist and instructor, said the event gives participants a chance to enhance their skills.

“Many clarinet players from the region do not have the opportunity to hear a professional clarinetist perform live,” Masters said. This event will provide an outstanding learning experience for any instrumental music student. The masterclass is for anyone who loves playing clarinet and who wants to improve their playing skills.”

Those who attend need to bring a clarinet in good working condition, playable reeds and related equipment. Lunch will be provided by the UVa-Wise Office of Admissions. For more information or to register, contact Suzanna Masters at 276-328-0271 or via email sem7m@uvawise.edu.

As part of the day’s events, Tobin will present a recital at 1 p.m., which will feature a clarinet duet with Masters, as well as teach and coach participants throughout the day. Additionally, he will offer constructive tips for individual students interested in playing a short musical excerpt for him.

Tobin plans to devote a portion of the day to “How to take an audition” – including an All-State audition with steps as to how to prepare for the audition process.

“The audition is a process, not just an outcome,” said Tobin.

The UVa-Wise Department of Music is pleased to offer these types of quality musical education and exceptional learning experiences to clarinetists of all ages and levels in the region and hopes instructors and their students will take advantage of this opportunity geared toward student clarinetists.

About James Tobin

James Tobin is a clarinetist in central Virginia who has performed with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Quad Cities Symphony, Ash Lawn Opera, Opera on the James, The Oratorio Society of Virginia, the Virginia Consort, and the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as guest with the Albemarle Ensemble and performed frequently with the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia. As a soloist Tobin has been featured several times in the Concerts at Cove summer chamber series.

Tobin is the founding director of the Youth Orchestra of Charlottesville-Albemarle Clarinet Ensemble, and the Charlottesville Clarinet Workshop. He appears as clinician throughout Central Virginia and maintains a large studio. In 2016 he gave several masterclasses, including Blacksburg High School and Virginia Tech. Tobin frequently collaborates with the Charlottesville Symphony Preludes program: performing and teaching in schools throughout central Virginia.

As frequent participants in All-Virginia Band and Orchestra, students of Tobin’s have placed in the top-ten nine times in the past seven years, including the Principal clarinet the last two years. They have performed in masterclasses for Matt Hunt (Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie), Andrew Simon (Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra), Boris Allakhverdyan (L.A. Philharmonic), Carol McGonnell (the Argento Ensemble), Dr. Charles West (VCU), Dr. Janice Minor (JMU), Phil Paglialonga (VT), Robert DiLutis (Maryland) and others. Studio members have also been accepted to Virginia’s summer Governor’s School for the Arts, Interlochen’s One Week Clarinet Institute, and the Philadelphia International Music Festival’s Young Artist Program.