Thanks for joining me on my website!

Here you can find information about Arrangements, Transcriptions and Compositions as well as Workshops, Clinics and Lectures I am prepared to do for university, school or community ensembles or classes.

You can also contact me to arrange a recital by James and Penelope Mark or to buy our ECMA nominated CD  “Canadian Music for Clarinet”.

Sincerely, James Mark

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My new publication, “Solos for the Young Eb Clarinettist” has come back from the printer and is now available on this page! It fills a need I certainly experienced when looking for music for my young students who couldn’t stretch to play the keys of a Bb clarinet.

This collection contains eight arrangements and on original composition for beginning and second year clarinettists. Most of them have been performed at festivals and recitals; my composition “Viennoise” will be performed at this year’s Sackville Music Festival by my new student who is eight years old. The price is $24.00 plus tax and postage.

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Private teaching

I am really enjoying teaching privately, and I am having great and gratifying success with my students. I would like to expand my studio, and am interested in working with clarinet and saxophone  students of all levels.

I have also been coaching/tutoring theory and ear training at Mount Allison University, and also have prepared students for their written and aural RCM exams.

I would be pleased to hear from anyone interested in taking lessons or doing coaching; just email jmark@mta.ca or call (506)224-0070.

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A very young student

In 2015 I took on a very young student, Simone, who was interested in the clarinet but was too small for her fingers  to cover the holes. I wanted to take advantage of her enthusiasm, so I started her on my Eb clarinet, which proved to be just the right size (Simone was 8 years old).  She has progressed beautifully and will resume in September playing in both chalemeau and clarion registers.

I wanted to put her into the Music Festival but couldn’t find anything suitable for lower register Eb clarinet. I arranged She’s Like the Swallow, and it came out very well. Accompanied by Penelope Mark, Simone performed it at a pre-festival concert, the festival, where she got an 89, and at the final concert, .  The range for this arrangement is from low G to throat Bb. Notated an octave higher it would be very good for a young alto saxophone player, too. Contact me if you want to get a copy.

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The Beausejour Wind Quintet

I am proud to be a member of the Beausejour Wind Quintet, which has performed at the Classics by the Bay Festival in Parrsboro, NS for the past four seasons.

The members are Anne Varner, flute, Belinda Code, oboe, Iris Frazer, bassoon, William Costin, horn and myself, clarinet.

This year’s programme was very well attended despite the cold, rainy weather, and enthusiastically applauded!  Our programme was: Mozart’s Overture to the Magic Flute, arranged by Linckelmann, Kleine Kammermusik by Paul Hindemith, Trois pièces brèves by Jacques Ibert, Tarantweeka (ode to a hyperactive cat!) by James Grant Code, Le tombeau de Ravel by Maurice Ravel, transcribed by Mason Jones, and Dance Suite by Norman Hallam.

All the members of the Beausejour Quintet are also members of Musica Viva NB. We are available for concerts and background music and you can contact me or Anne Varner (caavarner@gmail.com) to discuss details.

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Musica Viva Orchestra Notes

Musica Viva NB was a partner with the Atlantic Ballet Academy under the direction of Dina Leisch in performances of The Nutcracker on December 12th, 2015 in Convocation Hall on the Mount Allison University campus.

Convocation Hall has been host to the Atlantic Ballet Academy for the last several years, but the addition of a live orchestra was a thrilling experience for the dancers and the audience. Musica Viva played exceptionally well and the event was a great success.

It took a lot of work and fundraising to make this happen, but we are hopeful that  there will be enough enthusiasm to repeat it next year.

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