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About Clarinetist Phillip O. Paglialonga

About Clarinetist Phillip O. Paglialonga

Now Available from Imagine Music Publishing

Now Available from Imagine Music Publishing

Clarinet Studies at Virginia Tech

Clarinet Studies at Virginia Tech

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Faculty • Virginia Tech 
Clarinetist • PEN Trio
Artist • Gonzalez Reeds

 

Clarinetist Phillip O. Paglialonga maintains an active career as a performer and pedagogue.  He has appeared as a soloist on four continents and also throughout North America.

His performances have been heard on National Public Radio, the CBC in Canada, as well as several other regional radio stations.    In recent years he has appeared as a soloist with the University of Michigan Symphony Band, Virginia Tech Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and the First Coast Wind Ensemble in Jacksonville, Florida.  Other recent appearances include performances at Baylor University, Bowling Green State University, Colorado State University, Mahidol University (Thailand), Miami University (Ohio), Pontifica Universidad Javeriana (Colombia), Oklahoma City University, Shenandoah Conservatory, Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas (Colombia), University of Florida, University of Memphis, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, University of North Texas, University of Northern Colorado, University of Pennsylvania, University of Western Ontario, the International Double Reed Society conferences in Oklahoma and Ohio, Society of Composers conference in South Carolina, College Music Society National Conference in Virginia and California, Bellas Artes Guatapé, ClariBogotá, and the International Clarinet Association Conferences (ClarinetFest) in Belgium, Kansas City, Texas and Spain.

He has been a member of the Haddonfield Symphony, Sarasota Opera Orchestra and the Walt Disney World Orchestra.  He has also appeared with numerous other orchestras including the: Charleston Symphony, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Concertante di Chicago, Florida Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Kalamazoo Symphony, New World Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Sarasota Orchestra, and Windsor. He has participated in numerous summer festivals including the National Repertory Orchestra, the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, and Lake George Opera in Saratoga, New York. 

As an educator he has been a clinician at Universal Studios in Orlando for their “Partners in Performance” program.  He has written articles for Keynotes Magazine, School Band and Orchestra, the journal of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors and The Clarinet, many of which are available on his Web site (www.thefirstgissilent.com) for download.  His articles have also been translated into Spanish and are available in South America through Aulamusica.  He currently serves as the Editor for the International Clarinet Association’s E-Newsletter, and is a curator of TrevCo Publishing’s PEN Trio Collection, which is helping to expand and improve the repertoire for the traditional Trio d’Anches.  Dr. Paglialonga recently completed work on a new book, Squeak Big: Practical Fundamentals for the Successful Clarinetist that will be published by Imagine Music Publishing and available worldwide in 2015.

He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan where he also earned a Masters of Music and a Bachelor of Music from DePaul University in Chicago. His primary teachers were Larry Combs, Fred Ormand and Daniel Gilbert with additional applied study with Julie DeRoche, Monica Kaenzig, Mitchell Lurie, Virginia Wright and John Bruce Yeh.  

Currently he serves on the faculty of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.  Prior to this appointment he taught for five years at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida where he was awarded the Bethune-Cookman University Excellence in University and Community Service award.  He is a founding member of the PEN Trio (www.PENtrio.com), which regularly tours throughout the United States and is represented by Price Rubin & Partners.  During the summer months he is on faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan where he frequently performs both with the Festival Orchestra and in various chamber music groups. Dr. Paglialonga is a Gonzalez artist and performs exclusively on Gonzalez GD reeds.

 
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Squeak Big is filled with healthy, concise, no-nonsense advice, as well as some great tips and tricks. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to advance their relationship with the clarinet.
— Samuel Caviezel • Associate Principal Clarinet, Philadelphia Orchestra
Squeak Big provides valuable advice for players at every stage of development, with easy, practical methods, useful exercises, and even a bit of historical context. I’ve already been able to incorporate many of these ideas, not only into my teaching, but also into my own playing!
— Ralph Skiano • Principal Clarinet, Detroit Symphony
Squeak Big is a wonderful resource for student and teacher alike. In it, Dr. Paglialonga provides helpful insights on clarinet playing from the fundamentals of producing a beautiful sound to hints on practicing in real life situations. His methodical approach helps to demystify clarinet playing and is geared toward helping improve both technique and musicianship. A must-have for any clarinetist’s library!
— Benjamin Lulich • Principal Clarinet, Cleveland Orchestra
I would recommend Squeak Big to anyone wanting to improve or better understand the fundamentals of sound clarinet playing.
— Carey Bell • Principal Clarinet, San Francisco Symphony
Phillip Paglialonga’s book, Squeak Big, is full of useful information. I highly recommend it to anyone who’s looking for practical ways to become a better clarinetist!
— Alexander Fiterstein • Prominent International Soloist
Phillip Paglialonga has written a thoughtful and detailed analytical treatise on playing the clarinet. He communicates from a thorough knowledge of the instrument and its workings. This volume is a valuable reference for teachers and performers alike, replete with numerous practical suggestions and exercises. If only every clarinet player could digest the information Dr. Paglialonga sets forth herein, good solid foundations would be formed and bad habits easily prevented.
— John Bruce Yeh • Assistant Principal Clarinet, Chicago Symphony
Squeak Big is a treasure trove of useful clarinet wisdom. Phillip Paglialonga presents practical, time-tested fundamentals in a way that is thoughtful, innovative, and compelling. I highly recommend this book to any clarinetist seeking new ideas, pedagogical clarity, or renewed inspiration.
— Timothy Phillips • Troy University
Dr. Paglialonga has the marvelous ability to take complex ideas and present them clearly and concisely. Squeak Big is full of fresh approaches to mastering the instrument to help free your musical voice. Highly recommended!
— Rob Patterson • University of Virginia
Squeak Big is excellent and I’m sure it will be of great value to many players. Phillip Paglialonga explains so many of the fundamentals in a very clear, concise way. Bravo!
— Larry Guy • Prominent Pedagogue
Squeak Big is a valuable resource for serious high school and college level clarinetists, providing useful tips, information, and exercises to help students achieve a thoroughly informed approach to the clarinet.
— Suzanne Tirk • University of Oklahoma
Squeak Big reinforces sound fundamentals of clarinet playing with clear explanations and useful exercises. It will be a staple in my studio at Marshall University and in many others around the country very soon.
— Ann Bingham • Marshall University
Squeak Big is a worthy addition to the body of resources for clarinetists. It describes the essential components of successful clarinet playing with clear, concise explanation and helpful photographs. Dr. Paglialonga includes interesting quotations from historical pedagogues and a fine list of resources. Exercises that he suggests for mastering concepts are both helpful and beneficial. Readers can readily grasp these exercises. I will certainly recommend this excellent resource to clarinet students and teachers alike.
— Kimberly Cole Luevano • University of North Texas
A great publication detailing clarinet fundamentals. A must for educators, high school through college
— Maxine Ramey • University of Montana President, International Clarinet Association