The Concinnity Quartet, which has been invited perform at an international clarinet festival in Italy this summer, is made up of Conservatory students (left to right) Sean Widger '14, Matthew Erickson '15, Matthew Jansen '15 and Sarah Hafley '13.

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Pacific Student Clarinet Quartet Invited to Perform in Italy

The Concinnity Quartet, comprised of undergraduate students at the Conservatory of Music, has recently been invited to perform a recital at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest 2013 in Assisi, Italy. This event is the pinnacle forum for clarinetists in the world.
Feb 12, 2013

The Concinnity Quartet will perform standard clarinet quartet repertoire as well as premiere a new work by Yoshi Onishi, a Pacific alumnus, and winner of the 2011 Gaudeamus International Composition Award. This is particularly special for the members of the Concinnity Quartet because Onishi was a member of the clarinet studio while he was studying at Pacific.

Prior to ClarinetFest 2013, the Concinnity Quartet will attend the InterHarmony Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy, as a two-week intensive program to prepare for their performance in Assisi. During the spring semester, the members of the quartet are enrolled in an undergraduate research course in order to learn the logistical skills that are required for managing a professional chamber group such as the Concinnity Quartet.  

As a part of their preparations for their performances in Italy, the Concinnity Quartet will be performing recitals both on and off campus, and will participate in recording projects with students in the music management program. Additionally, the quartet will give educational concerts at schools in the Stockton area, and will organize a summer chamber music workshop for high school students interested in playing in their own clarinet quartet.  

The Concinnity Quartet was originally formed as part of a class project as an experiment with chamber music outside of the regularly required curriculum in the Conservatory of Music. The group immediately discovered that they had a unique and extraordinary chemistry, both in their personalities and in their ability to produce enjoyable music at a high level. They were brought together by a mutual passion for experiencing life and all the world has to offer, using music as the medium.  

Each member of the Concinnity Quartet is a music performance major studying with Dr. Patricia Shands (center), professor of clarinet and director of chamber music in the Conservatory of Music.