Information for High School Clarinetists

by Dr. Edward Joffe

The following is a brief listing of notable soloists, recordings, and study materials with which a high school clarinetist should become familiar. This information will be particularly useful for those wishing to audition as music majors in college. In all cases, the young clarinetist should be encouraged to study with a professional clarinetist who also has formidable teaching experience. In addition, all clarinetists should become members of the International Clarinet Association.

Notable Classical Performers

  • Daniel Bonade
  • Ralph McLean
  • Harold Wright
  • Stanley Drucker
  • Robert Marcellus
  • Karl Leister
  • Ricardo Morales

Notable Jazz Soloists

  • Benny Goodman
  • Artie Shaw
  • Buddy DeFranco
  • Eddie Daniel
  • Pacquito d’Rivera

Recommended Etude & Scale Books

  • Carl Baerman: The Bettoney Baerman Method, Part III
  • Daniel Bonade: Orchestral Studies for Clarinet
  • Paul JeanJean: Vade-mecum du clarinettiste
  • Hyacinthe Klosé: Celebrated Method
  • Fritz Kroepsch: 416 Progressive Daily Studies
  • Cyrille Rose: 40 Studies; 32 Etudes

Recommended Solo Repertoire

  • Paul JeanJean: Arabesques
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto in A+, K.622
  • Carl Stamitz: Concerto No. 3 in Bb+
  • Robert Schumann: Fantasy Pieces
  • Camille Saint-Saens: Sonata
  • Carl Maria von Weber: Concertino, Grand Duo Concertante

Recommended Books

  • Daniel Bonade: The Clarinetist’s Compendium
  • Jack Brymer: Clarinet—The Yehudi Menuhin Music Guides
  • Larry Guy: Selection, Adjustment and Care of Single Reeds
  • Thomas Ridenour: Clarinet Fingerings
  • Arthur Weisberg: The Art of Wind Playing