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Clarinet Studio
  • From lessons to ensemble rehearsals and concerts to recitals, there is always something going on in the Clarinet Studio at Capital University.

    Applied Lessons
    Clarinet Choir/Clarinet Quartet
    Information for Prospective Students  


    Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
    Dr. Gail Lehto Zugger
    Associate Professor of Clarinet
    gzugger@capital.edu  /  (614) 236-6173

    Applied Lessons:

    All clarinet majors take weekly lessons with Dr. Zugger. Each week, students perform in their lessons assigned materials from each of the following categories, advancing in difficulty from the first through fourth year:

    • Warm-ups: exercises which focus on a particular aspect of clarinet playing: tone, range, articulation, intonation
    • Technique: Scale and finger-busting exercises from Baermann's famous scale study book or Kroepsch's 416 Studies
    • Etudes: short one-page selections with a musical emphasis. Rose, 32 Studies; Rose, 40 Studies; Cavallini, 30 Caprices; Polatschek, Advanced Studies, James Rae, 12 Modern Etudes
    • Repertoire: works from the literature tailored to each student's interests, strengths, challenges; includes works for clarinet and orchestra, clarinet and piano and unaccompanied clarinet solos.
    • Other lesson materials include duets and orchestral excerpts, as well as important chamber works. Master classes occur monthly, during which studio members perform pieces from their repertoire for their peers, and Dr. Zugger presents clarinet topics such as tips for working on reeds.


    Students perform a jury at the end of each semester to be advanced to the next level. A jury performance has four components:

    • Required scales, played from memory
    • A prepared selection-typically a repertoire piece worked on in lessons
    • A "One-Week Piece"-a one-page etude received by the student 7 days previous to the jury that can not be discussed with or played for Dr. Zugger.
    • Sight-Reading

    Clarinet Choir/Clarinet Quartet

    The clarinet studio offers two chamber ensemble opportunities. The Clarinet Choir, under the direction of Dr. Gail Lehto Zugger, meets on Wednesdays at 3pm and performs one on-campus performance each semester as well as other concerts. The Clarinet Choir rehearses and performs works for a wide variety of instrumentations, making use of the E-flat Soprano Clarinet, E-flat Alto Clarinet, B-flat Bass Clarinet, E-flat Contralto Clarinet and B-flat Contrabass Clarinet as well as the traditional B-flat Soprano Clarinet. Recent repertoire has included: Gates' Seasonal Sketches, Rossini's Italian in Algiers, Nelhybel's Chorale & Danza and Schickele's Monochrome III for 9 Clarinets. The Clarinet Quartet meets weekly, and performs works for 4 clarinets or 3 clarinets and bass clarinet.

    Information for Prospective Students

    If you are a clarinetist interested in majoring in music and would like to find out more about Capital University and the Conservatory of Music's degree offerings, feel free to contact Dr. Gail Lehto Zugger for more information. A campus visit can include the following:

    • Campus tour
    • Meeting with Susanna Mayo, Assistant Director of Admission, Coordinator of Conservatory Recruitment
    • Take a clarinet lesson from Dr. Zugger
    • Attend a Symphonic Winds rehearsal, under the direction of Dr. Jeff Gershman
    • If you wish to experience "a day in the life", consider spending a day here at Capital shadowing a first year clarinet student. Your day's activities include attending music classes, taking a lesson, having lunch in the MDR (Main Dining Room), and rehearsing with chamber ensembles such as the Capital University Clarinet Choir and large ensembles such as Symphonic Winds.