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Backun Afternoon at The Music Place- May 3rd 2014

The Music Place and the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Victoria are pleased to present the Backun Afternoon for CLASAX members and friends.


Saturday May 3rd 2014 between 2:30pm-5pm

The Music Place, 339 Clarendon St South Melbourne

An exclusive opportunity to try Backun clarinets, barrels and bells and find out some more about these exciting products.

RSVP:  Brett at The Music Place on  1300729899 or by Wednesday April 30th.

Click here for more information: Backun Flyer CLASAX

A Weekend With Mark Walton

Registration is now open! Click here for registration form.


Saturday May 31st and Sunday June 1st, 2014 at Fintona Girls School, Balwyn

Saturday May 31st– Professional Development for Teachers
2pm-5pm $25 CLASAX members $35 non-members
This day is for teachers who work with clarinet and saxophone students of all standards, and discussion will focus on a variety of issues surrounding this, led by Mark. Certificates noting the amount of hours attended will be available for VIT requirements.
Sunday June 1st– Clarinet and Saxophone Ensemble Day
9:30am-5:30pm $50 CLASAX members $60 non-members
A day for clarinet and saxophone players of all ages (suggested minimum standard AMEB Grade 4). Bring along your instrument to play in the large massed ensemble, led by Mark! The day will also feature masterclasses, forum-style discussion panels, and a gala concert featuring Mark and the massed ensemble.
About Mark Walton

Mark Walton is a highly respected and popular figure in the Australian and New Zealand musical scene and widely acknowledged as a virtuoso clarinet and saxophone performer, inspiring teacher and charismatic musician.
Mark has held senior positions and been the guest artist in many of the leading International Musical Institutions from London to Kabul. For many years Mark held the position of Chair of Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Mark has recorded numerous solo albums, written and compiled over 200 hundred music publications and performed in many parts of the world. He is also regarded as a leading authority and pioneer in Distance Instrumental Music Education and currently he teaches students in several different countries.
Registration for both days closes on Monday 19th May. Please complete the attached registration form and send to CLASAX by this day.


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.


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