K-State Clarinet Studio
The philosophy of the K-State Clarinet studio is to strike a balance between creating a competitive environment with high standards of performance and maintaining a friendly and supportive atmosphere between all students. The clarinet studio has produced three consecutive winners in the K-State Orchestra Concerto and Aria Competition (2007, 2008, and 2009), and five winners overall during my ten years at K-State. In 2008, Chris Johnson was named the first prize winner at the annual. Music Department Honors Recital competition. In 2009, Melissa Woodworth was named the K-State Presser Scholar, perhaps the highest award that an undergraduate music major can receive. Alumni of the studio have gone on to do graduate work at prestigious institutions such as the University of Kansas, Arizona State University, and the University of Minnesota. We also have a very active Clarinet Ensemble that performs fun music at many different venues. Please come visit (email me!) if you would like to consider studying here! K-State is a great place to be a student, and Manhattan is a beautiful place to live!
About K-State and our Music Program
I believe with all sincerity that our music program offers an incredible value for the money. With
a total number of music majors only around 200, the average class size for music major courses is quite small—typically around 20 to 30, and often smaller. There are 27 full-time faculty members, giving us a very small student-to-faculty ratio—similar to that of private institutions, which are significantly more expensive to attend. Our faculty members are full-time teachers, and are readily available and accessible to our students. Regular faculty members teach almost all of our classes—we do not have very many graduate assistants teaching courses for our music majors.
K-State is certainly a relatively large school with around 22,000 students. This gives us many of
the advantages of a larger institution—world-class guests presenting lectures, an incredible performing arts series at McCain Auditorium, and strong athletic programs. Yet many of our music students comment on how small and personable the music program feels. This is indeed our strength, and we feel it makes our music education degree second to none. When you graduate
with a music education degree from K-State, you will have no problem securing a job. Very few
majors can make this claim as strongly as we can.
Any suggestions or news that you think should be included on the K-State Clarinet Studio website would be appreciated!
Just email me!
Files of Dr. Kerstetter’s Recent Performances
Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, by Alban Berg
Kerstetter’s Favorite Clarinet Links
Dr. Kerstetter’s Clarinet and Saxophone Equipment
last updated august 25, 2012
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