Andrew Sprung, Clarinetist & Educator

Doctorate Degree

I am very happy to announce that as of May 4, 2017, I have completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance from Michigan State University. My document and lecture recital was to create three original transcriptions for bass clarinet and piano of works originally written for bassoon and orchestra, with composer biographies, formal analyses, and performance guides.

The transcriptions will be available for purchase in the near future. Details will be announced and a link posted when the publications are complete.

Summer Performances

Upcoming performances for summer 2016 include:

Guest Soloist with Mason City Municipal Band
Thursday, June 30 @ 7:30 pm
Southbridge Mall, Mason City, IA

Music @FIRST! Guest Artist Recital Series
Sunday, July 3 @ 3:00 pm
First Congregational United Church of Christ
Mason City, IA

Jackson Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, June 9 @ 7:30 pm
Riverwalk Ampitheatre, downtown Jackson, MI

Chamber Music Concerts @ Fountain Point Resort
Tuesday, July 12 @ 7:30 pm
Tuesday, August 2 @ 7:30 pm
990 South Lake Leelanau Drive
Lake Leelanau, MI

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp
Music Faculty Performances TBD
Twin Lake, MI

Student Wins Award at Festival in New York

Elena Komesu, a freshman at Novi High School, won the “Outstanding Instrumentalist” award at the Big Apple Classic Music Festival last week. The NHS Symphony Band performed “Baron Piquant on Pointe” by Donald Grantham, a piece which featured many clarinet solos performed by Elena.

Congratulations to Elena on this outstanding achievement!

Performance & Master Class at Interlochen Arts Academy

I will be visiting the Interlochen Center for the Arts for a performance and master class in the coming week.

On Wednesday, March 5, I will be performing the Dohnányi Sextet for Piano, Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Viola, and Cello with faculty members of the Arts Academy. The performance will take place at the Dendrinos Chapel Recital Hall at 7:30 pm.

The following morning, I will be coaching student ensembles of the Arts Academy in a chamber music master class. The student groups will be performing works by Hindemith, Ligeti, Nielsen, Ibert, Danzi, and others. This will take place on Thursday, March 6 from 8:30-9:40 am in The Shed.

I’m looking forward to spending time working with the very talented faculty and students of Interlochen in the coming days!

Carmina Burana with the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra

The Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, along with local choral organizations, presents Carl Orff’s masterwork Carmina Burana on February 21 & 22, 2014. Friday evening’s performance will take place at Albion College, while Saturday’s performance will be held at Kellogg Auditorium in downtown Battle Creek. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

Jackson Symphony Orchestra: “Bits and Pieces”

The Jackson Symphony Orchestra presents “Bits and Pieces” on Saturday, February 8 at 7:30 pm. The program features works by Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Mahler, and more. For more information, visit the JSO web site.

Traverse Symphony Orchestra presents “Fireworks”

The Traverse Symphony Orchestra presents a program full of well-known classical gems, such as Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture, Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. The performance will take place this Sunday, February 2 at 3pm at Interlochen’s Corson Auditorium. Yours truly will be performing the famous solo at the beginning of Rhapsody in Blue – one of my favorites!

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit the Traverse Symphony Orchestra’s web site.

Jackson Symphony Presents Chamber Concerts

On February 8, 9, and 10, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra will present the chamber series “Classical Cabaret with the JSO All-Stars.”  The series features the section principals of the orchestra performing pieces by Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss.   The performances will take place in the intimate venue of the JSO Building in downtown Jackson.  To purchase tickets or learn more, click here.

Upcoming Performances

2013 starts off with performances in Hillsdale and Traverse City. The Hillsdale College Music Faculty will be performing a chamber recital on Sunday, January 20 at 3:00 pm in the Howard Music Building on campus. On Sunday, January 27, the Traverse Symphony will perform the fourth subscription concert of the season, “Fireworks,” at 3:00 pm at Interlochen’s Corson Auditorium. For more information on these events, visit my calendar or the Traverse Symphony Orchestra’s web page.

Jackson Symphony concert Saturday

The Jackson Symphony Orchestra will be performing Mahler’s First Symphony Saturday, October 13 at 7:30 pm.  The concert will be held at the Potter Center on the Jackson Community College campus.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.jacksonsymphony.org.