Clarinetists, Saxophonist Performing at Single Reed Day 2012 Concert

by News Bureau on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 30, 2012 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts is hosting the Southeast Missouri Single Reed Day Concert on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall of the River Campus.

Southeast Missouri Single Reed Day is a one-day festival that features clarinet and saxophone master classes, performances, clinics and more. Single Reed Day events are open to students, teachers, amateurs, professionals and all those interested in the clarinet and/or saxophone. Admission to all Southeast Missouri Single Reed Day events is free.

The concert will feature three musicians: Rochelle Oedemann of George Mason University, Kenneth Tse from the University of Iowa and Michael Dean of Southeast Missouri State University.

Oedemann will perform “Rhapsody” by Willson Osborne and “Wings” by Joan Tower. Tse will perform “Total Absorption” by Perry Goldstein, “Billie” by Jacob ter Veldhuis and “Rock Me!” by Barry Cockcroft. Dean will perform “Tango-Etude No. 4” by Astor Piazzolla and “Andy and Me” by Robert Fruehwald.

Rochelle Oedemann, clarinet

Dr. Rochelle Oedemann earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in 2004 and Master of Music degree in 1998, both from Rice University.  At Rice she was a student of esteemed clarinetists Michael Webster and David Peck. She earned her Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1995. While studying at Rice, she performed extensively with the Shepherd School Symphony and Chamber Orchestra.

Oedemann substituted for the Houston Symphony on several subscription concerts and held the position of bass clarinetist with the Houston Grand Opera. She also performed with the San Antonio and New World Symphonies. Her considerable experiences in music festivals include the Aspen Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Breckenridge Music Festival and the National Orchestral Institute. An active freelancer in the Washington, D.C., area, Oedemann has performed with the American Festival Pops Orchestra, on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, and in venues such as the Hylton Performing Arts Center Strathmore and the National Cathedral.

From 2002-2008, Oedemann was a member of the U.S. Air Force Concert Band. While serving in the Air Force Band, she performed with the Air Force Chamber Players and Symphony Orchestra, and was tour soloist in 2004 with the Concert Band.

Oedemann was appointed adjunct professor of clarinet at George Mason University School of Music in 2010. She resides in Fairfax, Va., with her husband and two children.

Kenneth Tse, saxophone

Widely recognized as one of the leading classical saxophonists in the world, Dr. Kenneth Tse began his career as a winner of the New York Artists International Competition, making his Carnegie Hall debut in 1996 and being hailed “a young virtuoso” by the New York Times. Since then he has been a frequent soloist in five continents and has made solo appearances with the Des Moines Symphony, U.S. Navy Band, Slovenia Army Band, La Armónica Band of Spain, Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra and Hong Kong Sinfonietta among others, as well as at venues such as World Saxophone Congress and North American Saxophone Alliance conferences. He has also been a guest clinician at prestigious conferences hosted by the California Band Directors’ Association, Iowa Bandmaster’s Association, and the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinics, as well as universities worldwide.

Since publishing his first recording with Crystal Records at age 23, Tse has subsequently released 10 critically acclaimed solo and chamber CDs. As an advocate for new music, Tse has had over 20 works dedicated to him by notable American composers. Tse has recorded and premiered many of these concertos, sonatas, solo works and chamber pieces. He has also arranged music for the saxophone (published by Reed Music, Australia), and his articles have been featured in the Saxophone Journal, Saxophone Symposium, Iowa Bandmaster Association Journal and Yamaha Education Series.

Kenneth Tse has received numerous awards and grants including the prestigious Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholarship, New York Music Performance Trust Fund, Indiana University Marcel Mule Scholarship, University of Iowa CD Subvention Fund, Arts and Humanities Initiative Grant, Barlow Commission Fund, as well as an honorary life membership from the Contemporary Record Society. As a winner of the Artists International Competition, Tse gave his acclaimed debut recital at Carnegie Hall. He made another appearance at Carnegie after receiving the Alex Award from the National Alliance for Excellence.

In 2009, desiring to give back to his home city, Hong Kong, Tse created the first Hong Kong International Saxophone Symposium which attracted more than 70 saxophonists from around the world to join the event. With the tremendous success of the premiere event, Tse has formed the Hong Kong International Saxophone Society as part of an effort to facilitate more interest in saxophone performance as well as to continue hosting the symposium every two years to expose Asian saxophonists to world-class saxophone performers and teachers.

Although still early in his teaching career, Tse’s students have already garnered high recognition through competitions and recordings as well as concert appearances.

Tse is currently a professor of saxophone at University of Iowa and vice president of the International Saxophone Committee. He holds degrees from the University of Illinois, ChampaignᾰUrbana; (D.M.A.), Indiana University (B.M., M.M. and Artist Diploma) and Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He was the first saxophonist to receive the prestigious Artist Diploma from Indiana University School of Music.

Michael Dean, clarinet

Michael Dean has performed internationally and across the United States as a clarinet recitalist and master clinician to much acclaim. He has appeared as a recitalist at Carnegie Hall, the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest, and the NACWPI National Symposium. Recently, he has given recitals and master classes at prestigious universities.

His recent CD, “Desertscape: New Music for Clarinet,” consists of works he has commissioned and premiered. Dean is featured on a recently-released new CD, “Woodwind Music of Robert Fruehwald, Vol. 1.” A second CD of Fruehwald’s music (Vol. 2) featuring Dean will be available this year. A new solo clarinet CD, “Mysteries,” is currently in preparation and will also be available this year.

In addition to commissioning, premiering and editing numerous new clarinet works, Dean has published a book, “Clarinet On Campus.”  He also created and actively writes for his clarinet blog, clarinetmike.wordpress.com. He is associate professor of clarinet and saxophone at Southeast Missouri State University. He is also currently immediate past-president of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI).

As usual, high school seniors and potential transfer students may audition for a music scholarship during Southeast Missouri Single Reed Day. For more information, please contact Dr. Michael Dean at (573) 651-2535 or palmtree1999@yahoo.com. For more information on Southeast Missouri Single Reed Day, please visit http://clarinetmike.com/singlereedday.