Colorado Clarinet Day


Join us for the 6th annual Colorado Clarinet Day on Saturday, Oct. 7, hosted by Colorado State University in the University Center for the Arts.

Colorado Clarinet Day began in 2012 by Dr. Wesley Ferreira and this successful annual event rotates each year between the various music colleges in the state. All clarinet enthusiasts are welcome to participate in this one-day event.


Saturday, October 7, 2017
Colorado State University
University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington St. Fort Collins, Colo.

Highlights of Colorado Clarinet Day 2017

  • Featured guest artist and world renowned clarinetist Mark Nuccio conducts an afternoon masterclass and joins with pianist Wendy Chen for an evening recital.
  • Product displays and vendors including Vandoren, D’Addario, Selmer, Taplin-Weir (Buffet), and Boomer Music. These vendors will be available for all to try their products and purchase depending on your needs.
  • Colorado clarinet artists will join together to perform an opening concert.
  • Clarinet Choir rehearsal and concert and open to all participants (music provided on the day of the event).
  • Performance and clinic by the US Air Force Academy - The Rockies Clarinet Quartet.
  • Topic classes on a variety of clarinet subjects.


All Access Pass/Registration

The cost for the day is $35
Note - Registration is available on the day of the event
Registrants may pay by cash or check (payable to Colorado State University).

Register for Colorado Clarinet Day

9 a.m. - Registration desk opens
10 a.m. - Colorado Artists Recital
11:30 a.m. - Vendor Exhibits Open
LUNCH BREAK (not provided)
12:30 p.m. - Mark Nuccio Masterclass
2 p.m. - Vendor Exhibits/BREAK
2:30 p.m. - US Air Force Academy Band Clarinet Quartet Clinic 
& Performance
3 p.m. - Buffet Crampon Topic Lecture
4 p.m. - Vendor Exhibits
4:30 p.m. - Participant Clarinet Choir Rehearsal
5:30 p.m. - Participant Clarinet Choir Concert
6 p.m. - DINNER BREAK (not provided)
7:30 p.m. - Mark Nuccio & Wendy Chen Featured Recital

Festival Partner Level
Colorado Clarinet Day 2017 is presented by Buffet Crampon and the Colorado State University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Festival Contributor Level
D’Addario Woodwinds, Selmer

Featured Guests: Mark Nuccio, Clarinet, Wendy Chen, Piano, The Rockies Clarinet Quartet

Mark Nuccio, Principal Clarinetist of the Houston Symphony

Critics have praised clarinetist Mark Nuccio for his solo, orchestral, and chamber appearances, describing him as "the evening's highlight," full of "mystery and insight" and "shaping his phrases beautifully with a rich, expressive tone."
(NY Times)

Mr. Nuccio officially began his position as Principal Clarinet with the Houston Symphony Orchestra in the 2016-17 season after seventeen years with the New York Philharmonic. He also serves as clarinet faculty at the University of Houston's Moore School of Music. Mr. Nuccio joined the NYP in 1999 as Associate Principal and Eb Clarinetist and during that time he also served as Acting Principal Clarinet from 2009-2013. Prior to his service with the Philharmonic, he held positions with orchestras in Pittsburgh, Denver, Savannah, and Florida working with distinguished conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, André Previn, Christoph von Dohnányi, and Gustavo Dudamel. Additionally, Mr. Nuccio has toured extensively with the New York Philharmonic and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in numerous countries, recorded with both orchestras, and performs regularly with the Philharmonic on the award-winning series, Live from Lincoln Center, broadcast on PBS. Recent highlights include the Philharmonic's historic and newsworthy visits to North Korea and Vietnam.

Nuccio is an active solo and chamber chamber musician and continues to regularly perform recitals in Asia and Europe as well as across the United States. During the 2017-18 season, Nuccio will be heard with the Colorado Philharmonic and in his subscription solo debut with the Houston Symphony. Mr. Nuccio also performs and teaches in summer music festivals including the Texas Music Festival, Buffet Clarinet Academy, Strings in the Mountains in Steamboat Springs, CO, and Tippet Rise Music Festival in Billings, MT.

As a studio musician, Mr. Nuccio is featured on numerous movie soundtracks, including Failure To Launch, The Last Holiday, The Rookie, The Score, Intolerable Cruelty, Alamo, Pooh's Heffalump, Hitch, The Manchurian Candidate, and various television commercials. Additionally he has performed on the Late Show with David Letterman and on the 2003 Grammy Awards. His own debut album featuring the clarinet quintets of Mozart and Brahms, Opening Night, was released in November 2006.

A Colorado native, Mr. Nuccio was recently awarded the "Distinguished Alumni Award" from his alma mater the University of Northern Colorado, a very selective honor bestowed on an elite group of 200 alumnus representing various fields throughout the long history of the university. He also holds a master's degree from Northwestern University where he studied with renowned pedagogue Robert Marcellus. Beyond his active performing schedule, Mr. Nuccio is a dedicated teacher committed to training the next generation of musicians and teaches master classes in the U.S. and abroad. Nuccio is a D'Addario Advising Artist & Clinician and a Performing Artist/Clinician for Buffet Music Group.

Pianist Wendy Chen

At the age of fifteen, Wendy Chen debuted with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under conductor André Previn. In 1990, she became the youngest winner ever of the National Chopin Competition, was one of the inaugural recipients of the Irving S. Gilmore Young Artists Award, and was named a Presidential Scholar by the National Foundation for the Arts. Since then, her career has flourished, adding Young Concert Artists International Auditions and Washington International Competition to her numerous awards.

Ms. Chen has garnered critical acclaim for her engagements with leading orchestras and concert halls worldwide, with reviewers exclaiming that “having pianist Wendy Chen on the program is a guarantee that sparks will fly.” Her numerous orchestral appearances have included the New York Chamber Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Uruguay’s Orquesta Sinfonica del Sodres, New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia and Wellington Sinfonia, Montreal’s I Musici and many others. The Dominion of New Zealand described that “Chen possesses all the qualities of a modern musical star. Her playing was cuttingly virtuosic, had fantastic clarity and crispness, yet also plenty of sensitivity.” Ms. Chen has also appeared with the Boston Pops and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in unique programs that also featured musical legends James Taylor and Art Garfunkel, respectively. Of her performance with the Pops, the Boston Globe wrote “Chen’s performance had stamina, chops, brilliance and sensitivity – a formidable combination.”

She has given recitals throughout the world, including appearances in Prague’s Philharmonic Hall, Poland’s Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, Korea’s Seoul Arts Center, New York City’s Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Washington D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Center, Toronto’s Glenn Gould Studio, Nexus Hall in Tokyo, The Forbidden City in Beijing, and at the United States Supreme Court, in a special evening presented by The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Equally sought after as a chamber musician, Ms. Chen spent many years performing duo recitals with the late cellist Stephen Kates, a pupil of Gregor Piatigorsky. She regularly appears in duo recitals with cellist Andrés Diaz. She has appeared at the Tanglewood, Boston Chamber Society, Montreal, Seattle, Spoleto, Amelia Island, Strings in the Mountains, Cartageña, St. Denis and Montreux music festivals.

Having studied with legendary pianists Aube Tzerko and Leon Fleisher, Ms. Chen is a dedicated pedagogue, frequently giving master classes throughout the world. She completed a five-year residency teaching at the University of Louisville, and has taught at the Innsbrook Institute in Missouri, the Community School of Performing Arts in Springfield, Massachusetts, the International Festival of Music in Cartageña, Colombia, and The Juan Corpas University in Bogota, Columbia.

The Rockies Clarinet Quartet

Established in 1999, The Rockies Clarinet Quartet presents the unique mixture of clarinet musical offerings of The United States Air Force Academy Band.  Supporting community relations, recruiting, troop morale, and educational outreach missions, this well-honed ensemble embraces traditional clarinet quartet repertoire, exciting new works, and an eclectic collection of arrangements originating from folk and popular styles. With "clarinetistry" at its finest, the quartet's winning mix of inspirational, sophisticated selections and quirky, comedic musical jests is sure to satisfy a wide array of audience members, young and old.  As seen and heard from their public concerts to military functions across America, The Rockies Clarinet Quartet exemplifies the world-class musicianship of The United States Air Force Academy Band and the outstanding professionalism of the United States Air Force.
The United States Air Force Academy Band, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Daniel L. Price, is composed of 60 active-duty Air Force professionals and includes nine performing ensembles. For over 60 years, the Academy band has used the power of music to honor our nation’s heroes, inspire Air Force personnel and the nation they serve, produce innovative musical programs and products, and communicate Air Force excellence to millions around the world.
Past Featured Guests

Caroline Hartig, Professor of Clarinet, The Ohio State University
Greg Dufford
Wesley Ferreira
Abby Raymond
Jeremy W. Reynolds
Jason Shafer
Daniel Silver
Andy Stevens
Sergei Vassiliev

Ambler Colorado Clarinet Choir
Jacob Beeman
Daryl Coad
Gregory Dufford
Copper Ferreira
Jerome Fleg
Lauren Jacobson
Robin Korevaar
Jessica Lindsey
Blake McGee
Timothy Phillips
Jeremy Reynolds
Jason Shafer
Daniel Silver
James Kellan Toohey
Wesley Ferreira

James Campbell
Kimberly Cole Luevano
Gregory Dufford
Wesley Ferreira
Copper Feerreira
Jerome Greyson Fleg
Lauren Jacobson
Robin Korevaar
Blake McGee
Jeremy Reynolds
Robert Riseling
Jason Shafer
Daniel Silver

Robert Spring
Lee Livengood
Daniel Silver
Jeremy W. Reynolds
Wesley Ferreira