How Perfect Does Your Intonation Actually Have to Be?

Here is an interesting article about intonation, perception of intonation, and musicality.





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!!!


Performance Anxiety

UVic 2nd year clarinetist Alex Chernata took these notes during a session on performance anxiety.

  • Practice.  You have to know your instrument to find success in performance.
  • Mentally train yourself.  Replace fear of difficult passages by practicing with only your fingers to build confidence.  Try to keep your practice sessions as accurate as possible to your performance.  More specifically, pretend that you are performing when practicing and/or wear the same clothing to rehearsals with your pianist and the concert.  These methods prevent placing you into a situation that is unknown to you and prevent those pesky intrusive thoughts.  Look into training your sub conscience positively!
  • Before your show, place yourself into the shoes of the audience.  What do you want your music to say and how can you achieve that goal?  If you reach yourself emotionally, you’ll likely do so with others.
  • Performance stress is not necessarily a bad thing.  It can give you a boost of adrenaline and surprise you.  This is exactly how your body behaves under stressful situations outside of music. You must tame the beast and keep it manageable.  Fear is a completely different matter and must be dealt with.
  • Have a back up plan.  If you think you may get lost in performance during a specific spot, make yourself a mental note of where you can come back in.