published Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Clarinet festival at UTC registering musicians

The River City Clarinet Winter Festival is set for Saturday, Jan. 4, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. in UTC’s Fine Arts Center Roland Hayes Concert Hall.

Presented by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Department of Music and the Chattanooga Clarinet Choir, the event is open to high school and college students, amateur or professional clarinetists.

Featured artists will be Oskar Espina-Ruiz, faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts; Nicholas Hartline, artistic director for the Chattanooga Clarinet Choir; Meghan Merciers, faculty member at the University of North Alabama; and Nikolasa Tejero, a UTC faculty member.

The festival will include a master class, lecture, artists’ recital and festival clarinet choir. New this year will be the River City Clarinet Winter Festival High School Solo Competition in which clarinetists in grades ninth through 12th are eligible to compete for a chance to perform in a master class and at the festival choir concert.

A preliminary recorded audition round and the final round of competition will be held on Friday, Jan. 3, on the UTC campus. For eligibility, rules and application, visit

Registration is $15, which includes a catered box lunch. To register for the event, go to

Festival T-shirts, $10 each, may be ordered on the online registration form.

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