Andrew Sprung, Clarinetist & Educator

Six Studio Members Earn All-State Honors

Congratulations to the following students, all of whom earned invitations to Michigan All-State Band or Orchestra:

Andrew Li (Senior) – 1st chair clarinet, High School All-State Orchestra
Lynette Lee (Junior) – 16th chair clarinet, High School All-State Band
James Chen (Junior) – 23rd chair clarinet, High School All-State Band
Adi Sinha (Junior) – 2nd chair bass clarinet, High School All-State Band
Eric Ma (7th Grade) – 9th chair clarinet, Middle School All-State Band
Emily (Seohyeon) Choi (8th Grade) – 12th chair clarinet, Middle School All-State Band

They will participate in rehearsals for their respective ensembles January 24-25 with a concert on January 26 in DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids. I’m very proud to call them my students, and I look forward to attending their performances!

October Performance Schedule

The month of October features five orchestra concerts:

October 5: Michigan Philharmonic (Plymouth, MI)
Hector Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Samuel Barber: Violin Concerto
Wael Binali: Earth: Plunder, Wound, Renewal, Hope
Paul Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis
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October 14: Traverse Symphony Orchestra (Traverse City, MI)
Johannes Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
Aaron Copland: Clarinet Concerto (Jeanmarie Riccobono, soloist)
Jean Sibelius: Symphony no. 2 in D Major
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October 20: Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra (Palos Heights, IL)
Leonard Bernstein: Candide Overture
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Violin Concerto
Ben Ash: World Premiere
George Gershwin: An American in Paris
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October 27 & 28: Windsor Symphony Orchestra (Windsor, Ontario, Canada)
Paul Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Harold Arlen: music from Wizard of Oz
John Williams: music from Harry Potter
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Baermann Method Part 3 for Bass Clarinet to Low C

My latest publication is now available through Alea Publishing: Carl Baermann’s Method For Clarinet: Part 3, Op. 63 adapted for Bass Clarinet to low C. Click here for more information or to purchase.

Also available from Alea Publishing are my transcriptions for bass clarinet and piano of:
Antonio Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto in G Minor, RV 495
Carl Stamitz’s Bassoon Concerto in F Major
Ferdinand David’s Bassoon Concertino in B-flat Major, Op. 12.

Student Wins MYAF Concerto Competition, Performs with Orchestra

On April 6 in Mount Pleasant, MI, studio member Andrew Li (a junior at Novi High School) was named one of four winners of the 2018 Michigan Youth Arts Festival Concerto Competition. On Friday, May 11, Andrew performed Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Concerto no. 1 in F minor, 1st movement, with the Detroit Youth Symphony Orchestra as part of the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Gala Concert.

This is one of the highest honors a high school instrumentalist can achieve in the state of Michigan. Congratulations to Andrew!

Michigan Youth Arts Festival nominations

Congratulations to the following students for their recent Michigan Youth Arts Festival nominations:

- Senior Ivy Purkiss and junior Andrew Li received invitations to perform in the clarinet section of the MYAF Honors Band

- Junior Andrew Li (clarinet), junior Kyle Heslop (bass clarinet), and sophomore Adi Sinha (bass clarinet) were nominated as outstanding soloists

- The following chamber groups were nominated for outstanding ensemble: Andrew Li & Aditya Ravi (clarinet/bassoon duet); Angie Jung, Mariel Williams, Andrew Li, Aditya Ravi, and Riley Rich (woodwind quintet); Momoka Ichihara, Lizzie Babcock, Yuna Tsujibayashi, Brendan Ireland, and Sid Battacharya (woodwind quintet)

Upcoming Orchestral Performances

West Michigan Symphony: “Hollywood’s Greatest Melodies”
Friday, February 9 at 7:30 pm
Frauenthal Theater, Muskegon, Michigan

Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra: “West Side Story In Concert”
Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 pm
W K Kellogg Auditorium, Battle Creek, Michigan

Traverse Symphony Orchestra: “Beethoven + Shostakovich”
Sunday, March 18 at 3:00 pm
Corson Auditorium, Interlochen, Michigan

Solo Performance in Belgium, July 2018

I will be performing my bass clarinet and piano transcriptions as part of ClarinetFest 2018. This festival will be held in Ostend, Belgium July 6-11, 2018. More details will be announced at a later date.

Hillsdale College Faculty Recital: March 24, 2018

Mark your calendars for March 24, 2018 at 4pm – pianist Brad Blackham and I will perform a faculty recital in Conrad Recital Hall at Hillsdale College. The program consists of two staples of the clarinet & piano repertoire (sonatas by Bernstein & Poulenc) and two world premieres, including my latest bass clarinet transcription project. The recital is free and open to the public. 

Visit the Hillsdale College Music Department Facebook page for more details about concerts & recitals taking place at Hillsdale College.

Third Bass Clarinet & Piano Transcription Now Available for Purchase

My third transcription for bass clarinet and Piano is now available through Alea Publishing:

Concertino in B-flat Major, Op. 12 by Ferdinand David (originally for bassoon and orchestra)

Click here to visit Alea Publishing’s web site to learn more and/or to purchase.

Five Studio Members Earn Michigan All-State Band Invitations

Congratulations to the following members of my studio who made Michigan all-state bands this year:

Andrew Li (Junior) – 2nd chair clarinet, high school band
Olivia Welling (Senior) – 16th chair clarinet, high school band
Aditya Sinha (Sophomore) – 1st chair bass clarinet, high school band
Kyle Heslop (Junior) – 4th chair bass clarinet, high school band
Jaden Sheng (8th grade) – 13th chair clarinet, middle school band

The all-state ensembles concert will be in Grand Rapids on January 27, 2018.