Fall 2012 Master: Cory Tiffin | Principal Clarinet, Las Vegas Philharmonic
MASTER CLASS PERFORMERS:
Barun Das – McNeil HS
Sean Flaherty – Vandegrift HS
Justin Kim – Westwood HS
Josephine Luna – Cedar Ridge HS
Kuan Sanchez – Westwood HS
Jessica Treffer – Round Rock HS
About the Master:
Cory Tiffin has been called a “clarinet maverick” by Time Out New York, commended by Bryant Manning for “boldly showing his chops,” and praised by Lawrence Johnson of the Chicago Classical Review: “…Tiffin’s understated virtuosity was the fulcrum of the performance – as it was all afternoon.” Currently the principal clarinetist for the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Nevada Ballet Theater, he also performed as principal clarinet of the Green Bay Symphony, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and the Beethoven Festival Orchestra. Since appointed principal of Las Vegas, Nathan Tannenbaum of the Las Vegas Review-Journal gave “props to clarinet soloist Cory Tiffin’s saucy/sassy note bending” for his take on Rhapsody in Blue and Alan Adams wrote that Tiffin’s solos in Dvorak’s New World Symphony were “flawlessly executed.”
As a chamber artist and soloist, Tiffin has appeared on numerous programs and series. Most notably, he was featured on Live from WFMT, the Pritzker Pavilion’s summer series, Chicago Cultural Center’s Noontime Series and he toured throughout the U.S. and Europe with the Carma Trio. Tiffin has also collaborated with University of Chicago’s New Music Ensemble, and is an original member of the Manhattan-based operamission. He is the co-founder of the Anaphora Ensemble, deemed by the Chicagoist “among the leaders of the Chicago new music scene.”
Tiffin is on the faculty for the Chicago High School for the Arts and DePaul University, currently serves as Director of Operations for Chicago’s International Beethoven Project and maintains a private studio. He has guest lectured on extended clarinet techniques for Lee Hyla’s composition class at Northwestern University, and volunteers at the YOURS Project where he was a regular faculty member for three years. He has presented master classes throughout the Midwest and is slated to present master classes in the Southwest this season. Tiffin received his BM from DePaul University in 2007 where he studied under Larry Combs. Cory Tiffin exclusively plays and endorses LeBlanc clarinets.
About our Sponsor:
This master class is generously sponsored by Conn-Selmer, Inc. Conn-Selmer is the leading manufacturer and distributor of band and orchestra instruments, and its legacy brands include such names as Vincent Bach, Selmer, Emerson, Ludwig, and Steinway. The focus on US manufacturing and the highest quality standards associated with this position can be seen in instruments produced in Elkhart, Indiana, Cleveland, Ohio, Eastlake, Ohio, Monroe, North Carolina, and LaGrange, Illinois. An unwavering support for music education and advocacy for the arts can be seen through leadership by Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser and the Conn-Selmer Division of Education. In 2005, Leblanc was acquired by Conn-Selmer and a new era of manufacturing began. In 2009, Leblanc released the Bliss line of clarinets in partnership with namesake, Julian Bliss. The Bliss clarinets offered unique features and playability not typically found in affordable student instruments. With all clarinet production for Leblanc Vito and Bliss clarinets moved to Elkhart, Indiana, a new level of craftsmanship and innovation has been achieved. Cory Tiffin plays and endorses Leblanc clarinets and is a Conn-Selmer Artist.