Double Reed Day – April 13, 2019

Our UCA double reed studio is honored and excited to be hosting the first annual Arkansas Double Reed Day on April 13th! Professors from across the state of Arkansas will be sharing their many years of experience and expertise with our Arkansan students and music educators. We are proud to announce that Ken Futterer (ATU), Dale Clark (ASU), Michael Clardy (UALR), Kristin Leitterman (ASU), Lia Uribe (UA), and Shannon Clardy (HSU) will be among the many professors that will be conducting workshops and lectures. There will be a featured recital, a workshop on instrument care, masterclasses with our guest artists and our Arkansan professors, reed making workshops, and ensemble performance opportunities. Guest artists Professor Keither Sweger (bassoonist) and Professor Lisa Kosenko (oboist) from Ball State University (IN) will perform a masterclass and recital. Certified instrument repairman, George Anderson, from Independent Music will be there for instrument repair. In addition, Edmund Nielsen Woodwinds will be bringing their reed supplies that will be for sale. Join us for a day of Double Reed fun! Please click here to register. Registration is $25 (includes a t-shirt and lunch),  and can be paid at the door or through mail. You can view the schedule of events below and also read more about our featured guests. Please contact Dr. Duso Kitts or Katelyn Gahr at

Schedule of Events

8:30 – 9:00 Pre-registration breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 Registration

9:45 – 10:00 Warmup for Double Reed Ensemble

11:00 – 12:30 Morning classes will include (subjects may change)

Workshop on beginning double reeds for students and band directors: Ken Futterer, ATU

Lecture on All-State Success: Christopher Tate, Forrest City band director and All-State judge

Preparing for Auditions: Lia Uribe, UA

9th Graders preparing for Senior Oboe All-Regions 2019-2020: Shannon Clardy, HSU

Careers in Music: Kristin Leitterman, ASU

College Masterclasses: Lisa Kozenko and Keith Sweger from Ball State University

12:30 – 1:15 Break for Lunch (food and sodas provided)

1:30 – 2:00 Guest Artist Recital featuring Lisa Kozenko, Keith Sweger, and Professors from around the state of Arkansas.

2:15 – 4:30 Afternoon Classes will include (subjects may change)

Beginner’s reed making for oboists: Lorraine Duso Kitts, UCA

Advanced reed making for oboists: Michael Clardy, UALR

Bassoon Reed Making: Dale Clark, ASU

Oboe and Bassoon Maintenance: George Anderson from Independent Music Repair Service

College Masterclasses: Lisa Kozenko and Keith Sweger, Ball State

4:50 – 6:00 Double Reed Ensemble Dress Rehearsal (Recital Hall)

5:45 Double Reed Ensemble Performance (Recital Hall)

6:30 Clinic Ends


Featured Guest Artists

Critically acclaimed American oboist Lisa Kozenko has performed throughout the world as a concerto soloist, chamber artist, and orchestral musician. She has 12 solo oboe and chamber music commissions to her credit. Her solo recording of Doubles by Judith Zaimont was named to Chamber Music America’s Century List of recordings. She was awarded the Chamber Music America Heidi Castleman Award for excellence in chamber music teaching. She was principal oboist of the New York City Opera National Company and has performed with the New York Philharmonic and the New Jersey Symphony. She has served on the faculty of the Bowdoin International Music Festival and as an adjudicator for the 2017 Carnegie Hall New York China Orchestra. Dr. Kozenko is Associate Professor of Oboe at Ball State University and Assistant Professor of Oboe and Chamber Music at Mannes, The New School.


Keith Sweger is Professor of Bassoon at Ball State University. Active in the International Double Reed Society (IDRS), he is immediate past president. He previously served as Chair of the Gillet-Fox bassoon of the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, contrabassoon of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and performs regularly with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded on the Arsis, Capstone, Albany, and Alicia labels. Sweger was named the recipient of the 2007 College of Fine Arts Dean’s Teaching Award, the 2008 Indiana Music Educators Association Outstanding University Educator’s Award, the 2013 Dean’s Creative Endeavor Award, and a 2010 American Masterworks grant from the National Endowment for the ARts. He was a guest artist/teacher at the 2011 Asian Double Reed Association (ARDRA) conference, the 2012 Beijing International Bassoon Festival, the 2017 Brazilian Double Reed Society (ABPD) conference and others.