Join us to celebrate the 32nd Annual UCF Clarinet Day! This year’s performing groups include the Orlando Youth Clarinet Choir, led by Jesus Lopez, and the Licorice Sticks Clarinet Orchestra, led by Rick Kissinger, with their energetic and exciting approach. At the end of the day, there will be a mass clarinet choir reading session — everyone is included!
Featured Guest Artists
Clarinet Ensemble led by Jesus Lopez
The Orlando Youth Clarinet Choir, also called the OYCC, is a 100-member ensemble made up exclusively of high school and middle school students from the Central Florida area. The choir features a variety of clarinets including the Contra-Alto Clarinet, and the Eb clarinet. The ensemble is complimented by a String Bass and Percussion section. The OYCC plays a variety of genres ranging from orchestral transcriptions, to jazz, and concert band music. The OYCC is under the direction of Jesus Lopez with assistance from guest clinician Vanessa Vache.
30-Piece Orchestra led by Rick Kissinger
The Licorice Sticks Clarinet Orchestra, or LCO for short, has been guest performing at the International Clarinet Festival for over 10 years, and entertained audiences throughout the United States since 1995. Artistic Director Rick Kissinger created “The Sticks” for the preservation of chamber, cabaret and vaudeville style performances while also incorporating classical, pop, jazz, Latin, swing, big band, klezmer and Broadway genres into one FABULOUS event. Adorned in their trademark 1920s and `30s attire, the LCO happily incorporates guest musicians, vocalists, percussionists and other performers to create a one-of-a-kind experience for all ages wherever they may be. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit ensemble, the LCO is open to advanced high school and college students, as well as professional and community musicians throughout central Florida. For more info, visit LicoriceSticks.com or call 407-616-4599.
Ensemble directed by Jessica Speak
The Stetson University Clarinet Choir includes student clarinetists who range from performance majors to music participants. We play a wide variety of literature and present three to four performances per year. The ensemble members rotate parts, so everyone has an opportunity to play all the instruments included in the clarinet choir literature. The mission of the ensemble is to have fun through making music and exploring the clarinet choir repertoire.
Ensemble directed by Bennett Harmon
Peacock Clarinets are the clarinet section of the Peacock Wind Ensemble, composed of experienced players from the greater Orlando area. The group has variable instrumentation from trios all the way to choirs and is part of the Band Preservation group of ensembles, under the direction of CEO and founder Bennett Harmon.