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Clarinet Spectacular 2023

Sunday, October 29  •  8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Timashev Family Music Building

A special event honoring the life and legacy of Professor Emeritus James Pyne (19362020).

Featuring guest artists, master classes, performances, vendors, the Ohio State ClariNetwork Ensemble and the Pyne Celebration Clarinet Choir.

Open to clarinetists of all abilities.


Caroline Hartig

Hosted by Professor Caroline Hartig

Schedule and Guest Artists

James Pyne

James Pyne (1936–2020) had a long and distinguished career as a clarinetist and teacher. He completed his BFA degree in clarinet performance and music education from the University of Buffalo, and his MM in performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music. Additionally, he served in the Air Force Reserves. He was an Emeritus Professor of clarinet at The Ohio State University, where he taught for 26 years. Prior to his tenure at Ohio State, he was principal clarinet of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra for 27 years, having been selected at age 18 by acclaimed conductor Josef Krips. During his time with the Philharmonic he was frequently featured as a soloist and made numerous recordings. As a teacher he inspired a legion of students at the Ohio State School of Music, and additionally at The Cleveland Institute of Music, The University of Michigan, State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo and SUNY Fredonia.

Jim Pyne collaborated with many of the world's leading clarinetists in the design of his renowned hand-crafted clarinet mouthpieces. He was a member of The Ohio State University Center for Cognitive Science, and of the Technical Committee for Musical Acoustics for the Acoustical Society of America. He was the artistic director for the 1998 International Clarinet Association Convention held at Ohio State with over 1,000 clarinetists in attendance. Jim gave numerous solo performances, recitals, master classes and mouthpiece clinics at ICA conventions and summer festivals at the University of Arizona, Grand Tetons Orchestral Institute, Sebago Long Lake Chamber Music Festival, Lake Placid Sinfonietta, to name a few.