Registration for upcoming CLASAX events


2014 Performance Competition

CLASAX Junior Day 2014

On Friday April 11th, 34 young clarinettists and saxophonists met at the High Street Rd Uniting Church in Mt Waverley for a fun day of ensemble playing and learning about their instruments. Here’s what they got up to! (more photos to come!)


Junior CLASAX Day: Friday April 11th.

CLASAX are pleased to present the 2014 Junior CLASAX Day, this year including both clarinet and sax students, on Friday 1th April at High Street Uniting Church (Mt Waverley) with Ben Snowdon and Fiona McKellar.

This day is for all clarinet and saxophone students who range from beginners to AMEB Grade 4 standard . Students will spend the day as part of an ensemble, led by educators and single reed players Ben Snowdon and Fiona McKellar. Activities will include:

  • Workshops on breathing, tonguing and other techniques
  • Playing great music in small and large ensembles
  • Making new friends who play clarinet and saxophone
  • Showcasing the day’s activities in an open session for family and friends at the end of the day

Registration must be received by Monday March 30th. Download the flyer with registration details from here : JuniorCLASAXday2014flyer.

VCE Clarinet Afternoon: Sunday March 23rd

CLASAX is delighted to be presenting a VCE Clarinet Afternoon on Sunday March 23rd at Methodist Ladies College (Kew) between 2-5pm with clinician Megan George.

This session is for clarinet students in Years 10, 11 and 12 who are studying or intending to study VCE Music Performance, and teachers of VCE Clarinet.

The afternoon will include:
-Practical strategies for successful preparation in Units 1-4 VCE Music Performance/Investigation
-Discussion of the roles of the student, teacher and accompanist in VCE Music
-Performances of a selection of works from the VCE Music Performance Prescribed List by Vanessa George with accompanist Alison Conrau
-Discussion of the final exam– criteria and repertoire selection

The cost of the afternoon will be $25 for CLASAX members and $35 for non-members. Why not become a member and get discounts on all of our 2014 events?

Registration must be received by Friday March 14th. Download the flyer with registration details from  here.   

CLASAX Children’s Concert- November 2013

Our first Children’s Concert was a roaring success, with approximately 100 people attending and about 20 children joining in the fun! We even had a visit from Father Christmas!

All photography by Denise Illing.


Events Wrap-Up for 2013

Our August Super Sax Sunday was a roaring success! Many thanks to clinicians Martin Hemingway and Ian Godfrey, as well as David and Glenn from The Music Place who joined us for the day.

CLASAX was pleased to be a part of the Monash University Mega Clarinet Day in August. We would like to congratulate Brendan Toohey, the winner of the Orchestral Excerpt Competition and recipient of a cheque from CLASAX for this.

As the first of our regional workshops, CLASAX visited Ballarat High School in October to run a Junior Clarinet Day for students from the area, with some travelling from as far as Stawell! Thanks to Fiona and Sam, clinicians, and Glenn from The Music Place for his instrument maintenance sessions.





CLASAX End of Year Concert!

The CLASAX End of Year Concert will be on Sunday November 24th, titled “A Concert for Children”. We are welcoming children of all ages, as well as adults, for a fun concert exploring the clarinet and saxophone families. Bring a cushion to sit on and your favorite teddy! We hear that Father Christmas might be making an appearance….



Mega Clarinet Day!

Monash Day 2012

Monash University
Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music


Clarinet Mega Day


Sunday September 8, 2013


Monash University School of Music invites all clarinet players to the Clarinet Mega Day II. Come along for a day of all of things clarinet. Featuring masterclasses with leading professionals, orchestral excerpt class, warm up session, vendor exhibits, panel discussions, VCE masterclasses and join in with a performance of the Monash Clarinet Mega Day Clarinet Choir.

Paul Champion – Principal Clarinet, Orchestra Victoria
Philip Arkinstal – Associate Principal Clarinet, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
David Griffiths – Ensemble Liaison, Senior Lecturer in Clarinet, Monash University
Ian Morgan – Former Associate Principal, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Tentative Schedule:


Warm up Session with David Griffiths
Masterclasses with Philip Arkinstal and Paul Champion
Orchestral Excerpts, Mock Audition Competition
Open Masterclasses with Phil Arkinstal and Ian Morgan
Panel Discussion with (PA, IM, DG, PC)
VCE Masterclasses with David Griffiths and Paul Champion
All in Clarinet Choir rehearsal
Dinner break
Final Evening Concert featuring Paul Champion, Philip Arkinstal, David Griffiths and the Monash Clarinet Mega Day Clarinet Choir.


Monash Clarinet Mega Day 2013 -1


Australian Saxophone Retreat

DSC_8628The inaugural Australian saxophone retreat will take place at the iconic property ‘Seacroft’ on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. Visiting artists include Joshua Hyde, Australian saxophonist based in Paris, Joseph Lallo, Australian saxophonist based in Strasbourg and Barry Cockcroft, Melbourne based saxophonist. The residential retreat will feature workshops, performances, ensemble playing, lessons as well the all important time-out for saxophonists to meet, talk music and get to know one another away from their instruments. For full weekend tickets, accommodation, meals and performances are included in the registration fee. Day tickets are available for either the Saturday or Sunday and include some meals and performances without accommodation.

The sessions are geared to all ages and everyone is welcome.

A range of Selmer products will be available to try during the weekend.

7pm Friday 23rd August – 5pm Sunday 25th August

Please visit for more details.

CLASAX Midyear Concert

On Friday June 21st CLASAX held it’s midyear concert at Fintona Girls School, featuring the four CLASAX ensembles (Saxophone Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, Mixed Woodwind Ensemble and Clarimania), as well as prizewinners from our recent performance competition.

A full report will follow in the August edition of CLASAX members magazine- a great night was had by all! All photographs below were taken by Denise Illing.