Clarinet Choir Blog

Silverwood Clarinet Choir

THIS BLOG IS FOR YOUR QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS. We are the sixteen member Silverwood Clarinet Choir located in upstate New York, USA.  #SilverwoodCC


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  1. A Superbowl of Sound A Free Concert at the Oneida Public Library
    Sunday, February 1 at 2:00 pm
    220 Broad Street, Oneida, NY 13421
    (315) 363-3050

    Join the Silverwood Clarinet team in a Superbowl of Sound. We will begin with the Star Spangled Banner and our Signature song Silverwood. Listen as our clarinets warm up their technique in Clarinetics. We continue our play with Gordon Jacob’s Wind in the Reeds. How about a half time show that intrigues your imagination? The Little Circus will take you through some of the most exciting clarinet literature that will give you memorable mental images . On with our game – Kroyer Variations by Wisconsin composer Donald Young. Onward to the polka from Schwanda the Bagpipe” to help dance to victory as we play Joplin’s Easy Winners. We will finish with the great American composer, John Philip Sousa, famous piece Stars and Stripes Forever.

  2. We just welcomed Dr. Ronald Caravan and Monk Rowe as guest conductors to our website. Mark your calendars for May 20 at Temple Concord, Syracuse, NY.

    • Ronald L. Caravan has been on the faculty of the Syracuse University School of Music since 1980 where he teaches clarinet and saxophone and directs the Syracuse University Saxophone Ensemble. He earned the Performer’s Certificate on clarinet from the Eastman School of Music, as well as the Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education and Master of Arts in Music Theory. As a performer, Dr. Caravan has broad experience as a solo and chamber-music recitalist and as a clinician. He has occasionally performed with the Syracuse Symphony, now Symphoria, as a saxophonist as well as a clarinetist. He is recorded in performance with several saxophone chamber groups, the Syracuse Symphony, and the Society for New Music. More recently, he and area pianist Sar-Shalom Strong have collaborated on a multi-volume set of CDs, representing a wide range of clarinet and saxophone repertoire, that will be released in the near future. As a composer, Dr. Caravan has several works published for clarinet and saxophone, and is particularly well known for his music and teaching materials dealing with unconventional sound resources on the single-reed instruments. His clarinet-choir experience began as a freshman music major at the State University of New York at Fredonia in 1965 when a select group of clarinet students under the direction of Dr. William C. Willett recorded an LP album of clarinet-choir repertoire. He has since directed clarinet choirs at the college level at Syracuse University and elsewhere. Dr. Caravan is presently Woodwind Review Editor for the “New York State School Music News.” He also has developed and markets a line of clarinet and saxophone mouthpieces specially designed for “classical” performance.

    • Monk Rowe has composed and arranged music for a variety of ensembles including the Utica Symphony, the Fredonia Alumni Jazz Ensemble, and the Jewel Winds Quintet. He is an Instructor of Saxophone at Hamilton College, and Director of the Fillius Jazz Archive. In this capacity he has conducted over 300 videotaped interviews with jazz artists across the country. Monk works frequently as a saxophonist and pianist and has recorded two CD’s of original music. Visit

  3. Silverwood Clarinet Choir December-February Update Newsletter (February 14, 2014)

    The Silverwood Clarinet Choir has been very busy presenting concerts and clinics
    for private events. In December we performed a concert and clinic at the
    New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) conference in Rochester.

    In January we be performed a private concert in Rome, NY. We have shared
    some of our events on YouTube, Facebook and our Blog*.

    Sean O’Boyle, Australian composer and conductor, conducted two pieces
    he composed for Siverwood at the NYSSMA conference. You can see Mr. O’Boyle
    conducting his “Waltz of Madness” on Facebook*.

    One of the major compositions performed at NYSSMA was
    “Clariphonic for Silverwood Clarinet Choir” arranged for Silverwood
    by Austrian composer Franz Cibulka. “Clariphonic” is on YouTube*.

    Pamela Mastrobattisto, Conductor, Kathleen Freer, Artistic Director, and
    Sean O’Boyle led a 2 hour Silverwood clinic “Challenge Your Clarinets”.
    Topics covered included presenting short sections of 30 compositions/arrangements
    for clarinet choir. Music educators and clarinet ensembles of all sizes and ages
    will find the 40 minute video on YouTube* very helpful in selecting new music
    for clarinet ensembles. Clinic handouts include sources of very reasonably
    priced or free music for all small ensembles, list and difficulty ratings
    for all the music performed at NYSSMA and lists of clarinet choirs
    around the world. The handouts can be seen on our Blog*.

    *Links to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and our Blog are on our website:

    Please join us at our upcoming, very popular public concert:
    Temple Concord, May 20, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
    Liverpool Public Library, September 21, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
    Onondaga County Community College, October 10, 11:15 – 12:05 AM

    Contact us to schedule an event for your organization or in your area.

  4. The NYSSMA 2013 Winter Conference application is on line. Visit Silverwood Friday, December 6 at 10:15am and 7:15 pm.

  5. Syracuse Oasis Concert – “REED! All About It!”
    November 11, 2013 2:00 – 3:00 PM

    6333 Route 298
    East Syracuse, NY 13057
    (Call to register)
    (315) 464-6555

    Silverwood Clarinet Choir – 12 Extraordinary Clarinetists with conductor, Pamela Mastrobattisto

    What is a clarinet choir? The Silverwood Clarinet Choir is made up of 12 talented clarinetists who play many different kinds of clarinets that you may not have seen. If you love variety, the ensemble will present many different styles of music. Can “Rhapsody in Blue” be played without a full symphony and piano? Who was Lucien Calliet? Why did he write innovative compositions for clarinet choir in the 1950’s? What rising young stars are arranging for this ensemble? Listen to their signature piece, “Silverwood”, that was written by an English composer who writes for the BBC. Would you like to hear a march? Perhaps a Klezmer piece? Silverwood music will simulate your imagination, keep your toes tapping and warm your heart. Join us for an entertaining and educational concert!

  6. Details for New York State Music Educators:

    The Silverwood Clarinet Choir will present a concert and clinic at the New York State School Music Association conference in Rochester, NY on December 6, 2013. The concert is at 10:15 and the clinic “Challenge Your Clarinets” is at 7:15 PM. You must register and attend the conference to attend these events.

  7. Alry Publications has many arrangements for clarinets and other ensembles. Visit them at:

  8. South Wales Clarinet Choir performs Libertango by Piazzolla:

  9. The Los Angeles Clarinet Choir performance of “Circus Stroll” by Charles Fernandez:

  10. Silverwood Clarinet Choir performing “Jupiter, from the Planets” by Gustav Holst.

  11. Claribel Clarinet Choir performing their theme song, “Claribel”, by Roland Cardon.

  12. Silverwood says:

    Another great source of scores and recordings in The Clarinet Institute of Los Angeles at:

  13. Silverwood says:

    ClarinetFest 2013 – July 24-28, 2013 in Assisi, Italy. Visit the International Clarinet Association at

  14. Ken says:

    Here are some of the larger Clarinet Choirs on line:

    British Clarinet Ensemble, UK
    Brussels Clarinet Choir, Brussels
    Chattanooga Clarinet Choir, Chattanooga, TN USA
    Claribel Clarinet Choir, Belgium
    Clarinet Connexions, Lansing, MI USA
    Clarinet Orchestra of Almada, Portual
    Clarinet Choir of Fribour
    Clarinets Unlimited, Groningen
    Clarinote of Caen, Caen, France
    East London Clarinet Choir, London, UK
    Ensemble de Clarinettes de Voiron
    Finnish Clarinet Ensemble, Finland
    Los Angeles Clarinet Choir, Los Angeles, CA USA
    Mpingo Clarinet Choir, Netherlands
    Netherlands Clarinet Choir, Netherlands
    North Wales Clarinet Choir, Gwynedd
    Northwest Clarinet Choir, Seattle, Washington USA
    Silverwood Clarinet Choir, Syracuse, New York USA
    Skjold Clarinet Choir, Bergen, Norway
    South Wales Clarinet Choir, Cardiff, UK
    The Thameside Clarinet Choir, South West London, UK
    Tokyo Clarinet Choir, Tokyo
    Walter Boeykens Clarinet Choir, Bornem, Belgium

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