Reed Day 2013!

The Shepherd University Department of Music will host its first REED DAY on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at the Frank Arts Center on the Shepherd University Campus. This free, one-day seminar, is open to high school reed players (grades 9-12), college students, and instrumental music teachers and directors who have an interest in reed instruments.

The event will be led by clarinetist David Drosinos, Applied Professor of Clarinet at Shepherd University, saxophonist Jeremy Koch, Applied Professor of Saxophone at Shepherd University, oboist Gregory Shook, Applied Professor of Oboe at Shepherd University, and bassoonist Richard Polonchak, Applied Professor of Bassoon at Shepherd University.

Mr. Drosinos received his diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He studied clarinet with Loren Kitt, principal clarinetist with the National Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Drosinos won the Sidney Jensen Memorial Award for outstanding clarinet performance and has been a guest artist at the Greek Embassy in Washington and the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. Mr. Drosinos was the principal clarinetist and soloist with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra on their tour to Russia and a featured soloist with the Concert Artists of Baltimore. He has performed in Greece, Ireland, Moscow, Finland, the Bahamas, and all over the continental U.S.

Mr. Koch is an active saxophonist, chamber musician, and teacher based in the Washington D.C. area. He has been a member of the USAF Band since 1998, where he has been the featured concert soloist on national tours as well as performed with diverse artists such as: Tony Bennett, Wynonna Judd, and Kool and the Gang. As a freelance saxophonist, Mr. Koch performs with the United States Air Force Saxophone Quartet, Atlantic Reed Consort, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Prince William Symphony Orchestra, Serapis Ensemble, DC Syndicate and Great Noise Ensemble.

Mr. Shook has performed extensively in the tri-state and D.C. metropolitan areas, performing with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Opera, the Washington Bach Consort, the Harrisburg Symphony, and in pit orchestras at the National and Warner Theaters. In addition to his numerous performances as a solo and chamber music recitalist, Mr. Shook is co-founder and Music Director for Hagerstown Choral Arts, an auditioned choral group of 100 singers. He is a frequent workshop clinician and guest conductor in the area.

Mr. Polonchak was the former Principal Bassoonist of The United States Marine Band,"The President's Own" and of the White House Orchestra in Washington, D.C. His articles have appeared in The Instrumentalist, Woodwind World, The School Musician, The Double Reed and Bandworld Magazine. He is the author of Primary Handbook for Bassoon, the bassoon audio/text for Embou-sure, published by Western International Band Clinic, and is a contributing author to the Woodwind Players Cookbook.

Reed Day will be devoted exclusively to working with performance techniques, the audition process, how to choose the best repertoire for the player, and purchasing new and used instruments. The event will also include the opportunity to meet and speak with Mr. Robert DiLutis, Associate Professor of Clarinet at the University of Maryland School of Music and maker of The Reed Machine. Guest performers will include the Army Band Clarinet Quartet, and reed and mouthpiece vendors will be on hand through out the day.

The seminar is free but registration is required. For more information click on the registration form below, or contact Kari Edge at (304) 876-5555 or email at

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