The University of Alabama College of Arts & Sciences School of Music presents Mary Karen Clardy, with sponsorship by The University of Alabama School of Music, Gadsden Music Company and the Yamaha Corporation of America Band and Orchestral Instrument Division. Clardy will give a lecture during Convocation on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 12:00 noon in the Concert Hall in Moody Music Building on the campus of The University of Alabama. Folowing Convocation Clardy will present a Master Class at 2:00 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Moody Music Building. The Convocation lecture will be entitled “The Flute in Culture from Past to Present.” The Master Class program will include “Le Chant du Vent” by Johannes Donjon, “Fantasie, Op. 79” by Gabriel Fauré, “Sonata” by Lowell Liebermann, “Suite Antique” by John Rutter and “Sonata for flute and piano” by Francis Poulenc. These events are FREE and open to the public.
Mary Karen Clardy is the Regents Professor of Flute in the College of Music at the University of North Texas and appears throughout the United States and the world as a soloist and chamber artist.
Performances for the National Flute Association include conventions throughout the United States and for British Flute Society events in London and Cambridge. Solo appearances include Hong Kong’s City Hall; Bogotá’s Teatro Colon; Venice’s Benedetto Marcello Conservatorio; Tokyo’s American Embassy and Taipei’s American Cultural Center.
Her recordings include Sonatas and Sonatinas with the world premiere recording of Steven Harlos’s “Sonata Rubata” and works by Guarnieri, Rivier, Wilder and Geraedts; “After Syrinx” with October Trio; in works by Claude Debussy, Richard Rodney Bennett, Sir Arnold Bax and François Devienne; and “The Solo Flute Past to Present” in works of J. S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Claude Debussy, Paul Hindemith, Pierre O. Ferroud, and John La Montaine for the Encore Performance Recordings label. Acclaimed in Dallas Morning News for her virtuosity and effortless fluidity, Ms. Clardy was featured on NPR’s Performance Today in a recent concert in Dallas’s Meyerson Symphony Hall.
She recorded a solo recital of American music for the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio 3, and her orchestral recordings are found on the Pro Arte, Dorian and Klavier labels. Festival appearances include Brazil’s Campos do Jordao; the XXVth Annual Peruvian Flute Festival in Lima, Peru and the Vth Festival Latinoamericano de Flauto Traverso in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Renowned as a teacher, Ms. Clardy regularly presents master classes at home and abroad, including London’s Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, and Guildhall School; Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, Oberlin College, Yale University, San Francisco Conservatory, Miami’s Frost School of Music and University of Southern California. Her students are consistent winners of international and national competitions, with former students placed in prestigious orchestral and faculty positions throughout the world, including Boston Symphony Orchestra, France’s Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique, Bogotá, Colombia’s Orquesta Sinfonica and the premiere U. S. Military Bands (Air Force, Army, Army Field Band, Navy, and Marine) in Washington, D.C., and the Military Academy Bands (Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy, Naval Academy and West Point Military Academy)
An established author, Ms. Clardy’s award-winning publications are in multiple reprint. Standard in curriculums world-wide, her publishers include Alphonse Ledue (Paris), European American Music (US), Schott Music Corporation (Germany), and Universal Edition (Vienna) and her 12th book (Classic Études UE 70 363) was released worldwide in 2011.