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Colorado Clarinet Day

Sunday | October 9, 2022

The School of Music at University of Northern Colorado is proud to present the Annual Colorado Clarinet Day.

On Sunday, October 9th, students, educators, and professional musicians from around the region will gather on the beautiful UNC campus for a day of all things clarinet. We invite you to join us for recitals, special lectures, masterclasses, and more. Arrival at UNC for the day’s events will begin at 8:15am, and the final event of the evening will finish around 8:00pm.

Vendors will be on hand with instruments and accessories for attendees to explore. These vendors include Vandoren, Mark Sloss with PWIC (many excellent instruments, accessories, and more, including stock from D’Addario), Lee Livengood (custom mouthpieces), and Dave Saull (instrument repair).

We are thrilled to welcome the acclaimed Akropolis Reed Quintet as our special guest artists! They will lead classes and perform a feature recital in the evening. More information on them can be found at https://akropolisquintet.org/.

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Register by September 15th to receive the special early bird discount. Day-of registrations are also welcome.


Register on or before September 15th

$30 for students, $40 for non-students

Register after September 15th

$35 for students, $45 for non-students


Clarinet day t-shirts are available at the time of registration and on October 9th (pending availability). 

Clarinet Day T-Shirt




Ambler Clarinet Choir Performance 

CC Atrium


Vendors Open

Multi-Purpose Hall 

Mouthpiece Lecture | Lee Livengood 

CC Rehearsal Hall

View the Mouthpiece Lecture Info


Akropolis Career Power Hour

CC Performance Hall


Potpourri Recital

CC Performance Hall

View Potpourri Recital Program



Masterclass | Akropolis Clarinetists

CC Performance Hall


Clarinet Choir Rehearsal

CC Rehearsal Hall


Clarinet Choir Performance 

CC Rehearsal Hall


Discussion of ICA 2023 in CO

CC Rehearsal Hall


Dinner | Vendors Close


Evening Recital | Akropolis

CC Rehearsal Hall

View Akropolis Recital Program




Mouthpieces, accessories, reeds, and more



Professional quality instruments, accessories, and more

Lee Livensgood

Lee Livengood Custom Mouthpieces

Experienced professional custom mouthpiece maker and adjuster

Dave Saull

Dave Saull Instrument Repair

Professional woodwind repair and adjustment technician

2022 Guest Artists

Akropolis Winds

Akropolis Winds


Celebrating their 13th year making music with “faultless detail and refreshing artistry” (I Care if You Listen) as a “collective voice driven by real excitement and a sense of adventure” (The Wire), Akropolis has “taken the chamber music world by storm” (Fanfare). As the first reed quintet to grace the Billboard Charts (May 2021), the untamed band of 5 reed players and entrepreneurs are united by a shared passion: to make music that sparks joy and wonder. 

Winner of 7 national chamber music prizes including the 2014 Fischoff Gold Medal, “the performance standards of Akropolis are award winning for a reason” (Fanfare). Remaining the same 5 members since their founding in 2009, Akropolis delivers 120 concerts and educational events worldwide each year and has premiered and commissioned over 130 works by living artists and composers. They are the first ensemble of their kind to grace the stage on noteworthy series like Oneppo (Yale University), Chamber Music 

San Antonio, Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.), Summerwinds Münster (Germany), Flagler Museum (Palm Beach), and many more. The “rise of the reed quintet” (Chamber Music America) and Akropolis’ “infallible musicality and huge vitality” (Fanfare) make them one of the most sought-after chamber ensembles today.

Experimenters and creators at their core, “there’s nothing tentative in their approach, and that extends to their programming of multifariously challenging and imaginative new works” (The Wire). Akropolis has collaborated with poets, a metal fabricator, dancers, small business owners, string quartets, pop vocalists, and more. Currently, Akropolis is collaborating with GRAMMY-nominated pianist/composer Pascal Le Boeuf and drummer Christian Euman on an album and touring program drawing classical and jazz idioms together to reflect on American identity, entitled, Are We Dreaming the Same Dream? 

Akropolis’ chief collaborators are youth and their Detroit community. Winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award and a nonprofit organization which has received 5 consecutive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Akropolis runs a summer festival in Detroit called Together We Sound and holds an annual, school year long residency at Cass Tech, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Detroit School of Arts high schools. Akropolis believes anyone can compose great music and during their 20-21 season premiered and recorded more than 30 works by youth aged 12-22 alone. 

An engine perpetually generating new sounds and ideas, Akropolis’ 22-23 season will include world premieres by Pulitzer Prize finalist Augusta Read Thomas and Omar Thomas; imaginative renditions of music by Ravel, Bernstein, Rameau, Shostakovich, and Gershwin; Storm Warning, a concerto grosso for reed quintet and wind band by Roshanne Etezady; and touring their recently released 4th album, Ghost Light, lauded for its “range, agility, and grace” (The Whole Note), by “exploring everything from the Egyptian Book of the Dead to racial violence in their native Detroit” (AnEarfull)

The “pure gold” (San Francisco Chronicle) Akropolis Reed Quintet performs worldwide and is represented exclusively by Ariel Artists. They come to you with joy and wonder, ready to be unleashed.