Clarinet Day

SUNY Schenectady Clarinet Day

Saturday, February 22, 2020

SUNY Schenectady School of Music invites clarinetists of all ability levels to a day with some of the area's finest professional players. Spend the day fully immersed in music making with other clarinetists as you attend a masterclass, hear performances, attend informative sessions and rehearse for an afternoon, all-clarinet concert.


Saturday, February 22, 2020
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
SUNY Schenectady, School of Music Building

8:30 a.m. - Registration
9:30 a.m. - Recital featuring School of Music faculty, Paul Green, and School of Music Alumna, Michele Von Haugg
10:30 a.m. - Masterclass with Paul Green
11:30 a.m. - Lunch, Visit Exhibitor Booths
1:00 p.m. - Massed ensemble rehearsal
2:00 p.m. - Sessions (choose 1): NYSSMA Solo Audition Prep or Careers in Music Panel Discussion
3:30 p.m. - Concert featuring performances by Julie Taylor, SUNY Schenectady Alumni Clarinet Quartet, the Capital Region Wind Ensemble clarinet section, and the Clarinet Day massed ensemble.

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Paul Green holding a clarinet  Julie Taylor holding a clarinet  Michele Von Haugg holding a clarinet and giving a thumbs up  Brett Wery holding a clarinet and a saxophone 

Paul Green

Clarinetist Paul Green's career spans jazz, classical music and klezmer. He was the co-director of "A Summer Celebration of Jewish Music," which presented a wide variety of Jewish music throughout the Berkshires until 2017. He performs jazz and klezmer music widely throughout Western Massachusetts and the Capitol District of New York, appearing at the Barrington Stage, the Colonial Theatre, the Saratoga Performing Arts Festival, the Gateways Inn and the Red Lion Inn, among other venues. He is an active teacher and a member of the faculties of SUNY Schenectady, Williams College, Skidmore College, and the Berkshire Music School. As the director of the band Two Worlds, he has actively engaged in fusing the genres of jazz and klezmer music. Two Worlds first recording, Music Coming Together, garnered rave reviews from several jazz publications, including the prestigious Jazz Times. The group's second recording, A Bissel Rhythm, comprised entirely of Paul's original compositions, was named one of the top ten jazz CD's of 2019 by the Chicago Tribune. He participates widely in classical music in the Berkshires and beyond. He is the first clarinetist of the Berkshire Symphony and the Broad Street Orchestra, and is a frequent participant in chamber music performances with the Williams College Chamber Players, the Musicians of Ma'alwyck and the "Concerts in the Village" chamber series in Kinderhook, NY.

Julie Taylor

Julie Taylor has been the Director of Bands at Bethlehem Central Middle School in Delmar, NY since 2007. Ms. Taylor earned a B.M. in Music Education and a Performance Certificate in Clarinet from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, and a M.M. in Music Education from Ithaca College. An active performing musician, she has played clarinet with the Capital Region Wind Ensemble, Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, Glens Falls City Band, and Albany Pro Musica Orchestra; and as a woodwind doubler with Park Playhouse Company and numerous local pit orchestras. Ms. Taylor maintains a private clarinet studio, hosts woodwind clinics throughout the Capital District, is a NYSSMA adjudicator, conducts the ESYO Concertino Woodwind Ensemble, and has conducted honor bands across New York state. She is grateful for the opportunity to inspire young musicians each and every day and perform with such talented musicians throughout the Capital Region.

Michele Von Haugg

Staff Sergeant Michele Von Haugg is a clarinetist with the United States Air Force Band of the West where she is assigned to the Concert Band, the Ceremonial Marching Band, and the Mission Winds Clarinet Quartet. After SUNY Schenectady, SSgt Von Haugg earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree (Summa Cum Laude) from Ithaca College in 2001 and her Master of Music degree in clarinet performance (Summa Cum Laude) from New England Conservatory in 2006. Passionate about educational outreach, Michele is founder of the non-profit organization, Daraja Music Initiative, based in Tanzania, Africa. Between her two active duty enlistments in the Air Force, SSgt Von Haugg toured the country and the world, performing for and lecturing on behalf of the Daraja Music Initiative. Additionally, SSgt Von Haugg has over twenty years of teaching experience in collegiate, public school, and private studio settings.

Brett L. Wery

Brett Wery serves as the Dean of the School of Music at SUNY Schenectady. Prior to being appointed Dean, Mr. Wery served as professor of music at SUNY Schenectady for 25 years. While on the faculty, he received the SCCC Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the SUNY Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. He conducts the SUNY Schenectady Wind Ensemble and for fourteen years has been the Music Director of the Capital Region Wind Ensemble. An active composer/arranger and member of ASCAP and SCI, Mr. Wery has had works performed on three different continents. Recently premiered works include Making the Darkness Conscious for Tenor Saxophone and Wind Ensemble, Sonata for Multiple Woodwinds, and his Sonata for Soprano Saxophone which was premiered the North American Saxophone Alliance annual conference. Mr. Wery is a freelance clarinetist/saxophonist and has performed with many area orchestras and bands including the Empire Jazz Orchestra, and the Schenectady Symphony. Mr. Wery received his M.A. from the University of Denver and his Bachelor of Music degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied clarinet performance with Robert Listoken.