Welcome to the UVic Clarinet Studio

Welcome to the University of Victoria clarinet studio website. Graduates of the UVic clarinet studio make meaningful contributions to musical communities and the greater society not only through their advanced performance level on the clarinet, but also artistry, professionalism, and leadership. Students who study clarinet at UVic go on to exciting performance, teaching, academic, and leadership positions. The UVic clarinet studio website provides a window into the talent, activities, and excellence at UVic. Students should check here often for updated information related to lessons, upcoming events, rehearsal schedules, latest information in clarinet research and pedagogy, and much more!

If you are interested in auditioning to play clarinet at UVic please contact Dr. Earle directly to express your interest and schedule an introductory lesson which can take place in person or over Skype. Also Dr. Earle can answer any questions you have about clarinet at UVic and set you on the right path for a successful audition. Audition information can also be found here.

More details about Music at UVic can be found on the UVic music website. Click here to read about opportunities for clarinetists at UVic.

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Channing Mar Recital

Fourth year UVic clarinet student, Channing Mar, will be performing a recital April 7th 2019 at 2pm in the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall at UVic. Channing’s concert will include works by Schubert, Brahms, Caravan, Dreaseke and more! Channing will be joined by special guests Professor Patricia Kostek and Emily Markwart.

Free Admission

Caring for your clarinet in Cold Temperatures

Since we are now in the depths of winter it important to take extra precautions to care for your clarinet. These tips will help you get through the winters months without cracks or too much trauma to the bore:

  1. Never play a cold clarinet. It’s imperative to warm up your clarinet before playing. If your instrument is cold to the touch, hold it in your hands or under your arms until it is warm. I find that touching the wood to my face is the best way to test to see if the wood is warm. We want to warm the outside of the instrument first before blowing warm are into the clarinet.
  2. Be sure to remove all water from your clarinet after play. Swab your clarinet regularly when playing and be sure to do a good clean at the end of your playing session. I find it helpful to look into the bore of the clarinet after swabbing just to be sure all the water is gone.
  3. Blow water out of the tone holes on the top joint. Use cleaning player or cigarette paper to take the water out from under pads under the trill keys and A and G sharp keys.
  4. Never leave your instrument in a cold space. Keep your clarinet in a room temperature environment. Avoid leaving your clarinet in the car or being outside for extended periods of time. This is also true for hot weather as well.

These tips should help you keep your clarinet in great working order over the winter. It’s best to see a repair person right away if you do notice a crack in the wood of your clarinet.

Entering Students Application Deadlines

The deadline to apply and audition for the UVic clarinet studio is fast approaching:

Master of Music:

  • International Students. December 15th 2018
  • Canadian Students. January 15th 2019

Bachelor of Music

  • Application (early admission). February 28
  • Application and letters of recommendation. March 31
  • Audition recording (if unable to audition in-person). March 31
  • Final Transcripts. May 15

For detailed information about the application process visit the UVic Music website. 
Click here for audition requirements. 
If you have any questions about the audition process don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Earle

UVic Clarinet Studio Open Master Class

The UVic Clarniet Studio will be hosting an open master class for all students, teachers, and community members interested in hearing clarinet repertoire and getting a few tips on their playing. The master class will be lead by Dr. Shawn Earle and will feature performances by four UVic clarinet students. As well, the UVic clarinet choir will also perform. This is a free event and will take place Nov. 24th at 1pm in the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall on the UVic campus. 

If you are interested in attending but cannot make it to Victoria, the open master class will be live-streamed. Click here to watch the live-stream. 

We hope to see you on Nov. 24!!!