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At the Lift Clarinet Academy, we want you to arrive with a goal and leave with a sense of achievement. Hosted annually by Wesley Ferreira (Colorado State University) and Jana Starling (Western University), the focus is on the individual musical, technical, and artistic goals of each participant. Through critical planning and communication prior to the academy, we create a program for undergraduate students, graduate students, and advanced high school students that ensures you will receive the musical boost you’re looking for.

Each year, the Lift Clarinet Academy brings in a rotating guest artist/teacher to contribute uniquely to each year’s program offerings. This coming year, Alan Kay from The Juilliard School of Music joins the academy as our guest artist. 

What sets the Lift Clarinet Academy apart is a focus on the individual. Each participant receives his/her own practice room to support daily lessons and performance coachings. Multiple group sessions and clinics cover a variety of topics from the fundamental to the progressive. Our goal is clear: to give each participant a tailored program with personalized instruction. The academy program includes activities such as topic and performance masterclasses, participant chamber music performances, and a faculty recital. Participants also enjoy social gatherings that allow students and faculty to mingle and take in some of beautiful Colorado.

The Lift Clarinet Academy is held in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado, on the campus of Colorado State University in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, a location designed to inspire.


Attend a clarinet academy where the focus is on you, and take your clarinet playing to the next level!

About the Program

Where our academy students have come from:

Arizona State University
Boise State University
Boston Conservatory of Music
Bowling Green State University
Brigham Young University
Central Michigan University

Colorado State University
Columbus State University
Drake University  
East Carolina University  

Eastern Michigan University
Eastern New Mexico University               

Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester
Emporia State University                 

Florida State University

Gettysburg College
Idaho State University
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Lawrence University
North Dakota State University

Northeastern State University
Northwestern University
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
McGill University (Canada)
Messiah College
Oklahoma State University  
Queen’s University (Canada)

San Francisco Conservatory of Music
State University of New York Fredonia
Stetson University
Tennessee Tech University

Texas A&M University at Commerce                   

​Universidad del Cauca (Columbia)
University of Arizona
University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of Colorado
University of Central Arkansas
University of Central Missouri

University at Hawai’i at Manoa
University of Houston
University of Indiana at Bloomington
University of Kansas
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Memphis
University of Miami
University of Minnesota at Twin Cities
University of Mississippi  
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Texas
University of Northern Colorado
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon
University of Puget Sound  
University of Southern Mississippi
University of the Pacific
University of Texas at Arlington
University of Texas at Austin

University of Wyoming
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia Tech University

Wayne State College
Wichita State University
Western University (Canada)

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