Round Rock, Texas
June 12-16, 2017
Cedar Ridge High School
2801 Gattis School Rd.
Round Rock, Texas 78664
Guest Artist, Mitchell Estrin
Mitchell Estrin is Professor of Clarinet at the University of Florida and Music Director and Conductor of the University of Florida Clarinet Ensemble. He also serves as the Artistic Director of the annual Vandoren Clarinet Ensemble Festival and was founder of the Buffet Crampon USA Summer Clarinet Academy.
Mitchell Estrin studied clarinet with Stanley Drucker at The Juilliard School where he received his Bachelors and Masters degrees and was a Naumburg Scholar. He had a 25-year association with the New York Philharmonic, where he performed in more than 2,000 concerts as principal, second, and E-flat clarinetist under such distinguished conductors as Alan Gilbert, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Erich Leinsdorf, Sir Georg Solti, Claudio Abbado, Klaus Tennstedt, Andre Previn, and Leonard Slatkin. He accompanied the orchestra on 19 international tours, made dozens of recordings with the orchestra, and on numerous occasions performed with the Philharmonic on the PBS award winning series, Live From Lincoln Center.
As an international concert artist, Mitchell Estrin has performed in 37 countries on 4 continents. During a visit to the Czech Republic, he performed and recorded with the Janacek Philharmonic in the world premiere of The Shadows of October for clarinet and orchestra by Michael Whalen. The work was recorded on the Arabesque label and the CD is being aired on classical radio stations internationally. The recording was reviewed in The Clarinet, which stated: “This beautiful and lushly scored tonal piece…. is performed by clarinetist Mitchell Estrin…. He plays beautifully with a lovely colored tone.”
Widely acclaimed as a conductor and proponent of the clarinet choir, Prof. Estrin has served as director of the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest College and Festival Clarinet Choirs, Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium Clarinet Choir, Texas Clarinet Colloquium Clarinet Choir, and United States Navy Clarinet Choir. He has conducted the University of Florida Clarinet Ensemble throughout the United States and Europe, including three feature recitals at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest. The ensemble has recorded three full-length CD's for Mark Masters, Clarinet Choir Classics (2012), Clarinet Thunder (2009), and Wind in the Reeds(2006). Each of these recordings was selected for the Grammy Nomination eligibility list. Prof. Estrin is a published author on the history, development, and logistics of the clarinet choir and his critical edition of the Weber Concertino for Clarinet, opus 26 was published by Jeanné in 2013.
As a studio musician, Prof. Estrin recorded dozens of motion picture soundtracks for Columbia Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, Paramount Pictures, MGM, 20th Century Fox, United Artists, and Warner Brothers on feature films including Aladdin, The Alamo, Intolerable Cruelty, The Score, You’ve Got Mail, Primary Colors, Fargo, Batman Forever, Interview With a Vampire, Home Alone 2, Pocahontas, Doc Hollywood, Regarding Henry, Beauty and the Beast, The Untouchables, Reds, and Dressed to Kill. His television credits include recordings for ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, HBO, TBS, and ESPN. Prof. Estrin was principal clarinetist for the NBC 75th Anniversary Special; broadcast from the famed NBC Studio 8H in New York City. He has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Phil Donahue Show, the television series Nurse, and in Kramer vs. Kramer, the 1980 Academy Award Winner for Best Picture. His clarinet playing has also been heard on hundreds of television and radio commercials. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has recognized him for his outstanding performances as a recording artist.
Mitchell Estrin is a Buffet Crampon Clarinet Artist and performs exclusively on the Buffet R13 clarinet. As a Vandoren Performing Artist, he endorses and performs exclusively on Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces. Prof. Estrin's educational articles are published regularly in the Vandoren Wave and his biography is listed in Who’s Who in American Music and Who’s Who in International Music.
Megan Wike, Camp Director
Megan Wike has been teaching band in Round Rock ISD since 2011 and is currently in her third year as the director of bands at Ridgeview Middle School. At Ridgeview Mrs. Wike teaches beginning clarinet, saxophone, and flute classes and directs the Honor Band. Mrs. Wike was an assistant band director at Cedar Ridge High School for two years which became a BOA Grand National Finalist in 2013. Prior to teaching band, Mrs. Wike earned a master's degree in music performance at the University of Miami where she was the runner-up in the 2010 UM Concerto Competition. She performed in the UM Wind Ensemble under Gary Green and the UM Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Wike earned a bachelor's degree in music education and performance at the University of Houston. She performed in the UH Wind Ensemble under Tom Bennett for four years as well as the UH Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed at TMEA, TBA, CBDNA, and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Mrs. Wike has taught private clarinet lessons and master classes since 2005, and she still actively performs in the greater Austin area.
Mrs. Jennifer Bergeron is the director of bands at Walsh Middle School in Round Rock ISD. Mrs. Bergeron graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education where she studied clarinet with Steven Cohen and was a member of the LSU Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and participated in various chamber ensembles including a performance at the International Clarinet Association Convention. At Walsh, Mrs. Bergeron teaches the beginning clarinet, trumpet, and trombone classes and directs the Honor Band. The clarinet students at Walsh in grades sixth through eighth perform chamber music and solo recitals twice each year. Prior to teaching in Round Rock, Mrs. Bergeron taught band in Louisiana for 8 years. Mrs. Bergeron has been a guest lecturer on multiple occasions at LSU to present her successful and innovative teaching techniques, particularly in the area of beginning band. She was recognized as teacher of the year at her school in 2005 and has been a guest clinician and adjudicator around Texas and Louisiana.
Rachel Johnstone is currently in her seventh year of band directing and is in her fifth year at Henry Middle School. Mrs. Johnstone teaches the Symphonic Band, the beginner clarinet, saxophone, oboe, and bassoon classes, and assists with the Honors and Concert Band.
During the 2013 – 2014 school year, Mrs. Johnstone was the associate band director at T.A. Howard Middle School in Mansfield ISD before returning to Henry Middle School in the fall of 2014 . During her time at both Howard Middle School and Henry Middle School, her bands received UIL Sweepstakes ratings each year and Best in Class honors at various festivals. She guest conducted the Henry Middle School Honors Band at their Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic performance in 2010, and at the Trombone Ensemble’s Midwest performance in 2012. In additional to those performances, The Henry Middle School Band was also awarded the prestigious John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Silver Cup in 2011, and was named the TMEA 2014 CCC Honor Band in the summer of 2013.
Prior to starting her band directing career, Mrs. Johnstone was an active private clarinet instructor for various band programs in Leander and Round Rock ISD.
In 2008, Mrs. Johnstone earned a Bachelor’s degree in Clarinet Performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. While at Northwestern, she performed in the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Mallory Thompson. Mrs. Johnstone has studied clarinet under Mary Schani, Leslie Grimm, Russell Dagon, Steve Cohen, and Lawrie Bloom. She was in the TMEA All-State Symphonic Band in 2003 and 2004, was a finalist in the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium Young Artists Concerto Competition and the Austin Civic Orchestra Pearl Amster Competition, and a winner of the National High School Music Institute Honors Solo Competition.
Mrs. Johnstone’s professional memberships include the Texas Music Educator’s Association and the Texas Bandmaster’s Association.
Mrs. Johnstone lives in the Austin area with her husband, Ryan, who is the director of bands at Canyon Vista Middle School in Round Rock ISD.