Lee University Clarinet Festival

A week-long summer program for the advancing clarinetist

This July, Lee University is hosting its summer clarinet festival ONLINE to help you continue your clarinet studies in the summer months, and prepare for your upcoming auditions, all from the comfort of your own home. Registration opens in June. Continue reading or click the Learn More button to view the week’s schedule.


The Lee University Clarinet Festival online edition features 5 days of Zoom master classes with Dr. Kies and Guest Artist Linda Crummel, daily sheet music of intensive warm up and practice routines, and a library of clarinet etudes and duets. Along with the duet sheet music, you will receive backing tracks, or mp3 files with missing parts–so you can play along with the recordings and supply the missing parts.

The festival is open to student clarinetists between the ages of 11 and 23.


Linda Crummel

Linda Crummel, MM, is a private clarinet instructor and clinician. She received her Bachelor of Music Education from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico and her Masters of Music Education from University of Houston. Prior to opening her clarinet studio, she taught for 34 years in the Brazosport Independent School District in Freeport, Texas. As head director her bands received consistent 1st division ratings at the Texas UIL Concert and Sight-Reading competitions. Her bands advanced to the area level for the TMEA Honor Band competition and were twice named as a state finalist for the ATSSB Outstanding Performance Series.  After retirement, she opened her studio and currently teaches students in Brazosport, Lamar Consolidated, Sweeny, and West Columbia Independent School Districts. Linda is an active clinician and adjudicator in the Houston area. Currently she is principal clarinetist with the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra. She also performs with the Gulf Winds Woodwind Quintet, the Brazosport Jazz Orchestra, and the Brazosport Big Band. Linda is married to Jerry Crummel and has two sons Chris and Chad. She and her husband live in Jones Creek, Texas.

Charlotte Kies, DMA, is an international award-winning clarinetist currently residing in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is an Ishimori Artist, a former member of the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra, Adjunct Professor of Clarinet and Music Theory at the Lee University School of Music, and Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.

Dr. Kies performs regularly with the Chattanooga and Huntsville Symphony Orchestras. In addition, she has performed with the Steamboat Symphony, the Evansville symphony, and the Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra. In 2017, she was named the Second Prize Winner of the International Clarinet Association’s Orchestral Audition Competition.

Dr. Kies was a student of Ben Freimuth, Jonathan Gunn, Michael Rusinek, and James Campbell. She earned her BM from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, her MM from Carnegie Mellon University, and her DMA from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.


July 19 – 23, 2021


Students who are unable to attend the 4:00 pm master classes may watch video recordings of the classes for 30 days after the festival has ended.

9:00 amReceive Day 1 WarmupReceive Day 2 WarmupReceive Day 3 WarmupReceive Day 4 WarmupReceive Day 5 Warmup
10:00 amReceive Day 1 EtudeReceive Day 2 EtudeReceive Day 3 EtudeReceive Day 4 EtudeReceive Day 5 Etude
2:00 pmReceive Day 1 Duet: Sheet music and backing tracksReceive Day 2 Duet: Sheet music and backing tracksReceive Day 3 Duet: Sheet music and backing tracksReceive Day 4 Duet: Sheet music and backing tracksReceive Day 5 Duet: Sheet music and backing tracks
4:00 pmMaster Class 1: TopicAir, Tone, and IntonationMaster Class 2: Topic –Technique and Articulation: Become a virtuoso Master Class 3: TopicMaximize Your Potential with Efficient Practice MethodsMaster Class 4: Traditional Master Class with Student Performances. Taught by Linda CrummelMaster Class 5: Topic –Traditional Master Class with Student Performances. Taught by Charlotte Kies




Registration is open from June 14 – July 12. After submitting your registration information, you will be redirected to a payment portal. If you are not redirected, please scroll down or click here to submit your payment

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