Clarinet Professor Had Exciting Spring Semester

Gregory Barrett, Professor of Clarinet in the NIU School of Music, has had a very productive and exciting spring 2012 semester.

Here at NIU Greg hosted Burt Hara, principal clarinetist of the Minnesota Orchestra for the annual NIU Clarinet Cornucopia. Greg also hosted Gabor Varga, prinicpal clarinetist of the Hungarian Radio Orchestra, who presented a master class and performed Greg's concert etude "Tiszan Innen Dunantul," which is based on a Hungarian folk song.

Greg performed with the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, gave both a performance and a master class at the Reykjavik College of Music in Rekjavik, Iceland, and performed two chamber music works with the Slee Sinfonietta in residence at the Center for 21st Century Music at SUNY-Buffalo.

Also active as a composer and arranger, Greg's "24 Clarinet Etudes From the World" have been published by Gerard Billaudot Editeur, Paris. In addition, his published arrangement of Jean Sibelius' "En Saga Septet" was performed by the Saskatoon Symphony Chamber Players (Canada) and Ensemble MidVest (Denmark) where it was broadcast by the Danish Broadcasting Corporation.

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