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Eight weekends in eight months (Saturday-Sunday)

All students arrive at 8:30 am on Saturday and work intensively at BCA until 10 pm on Sunday. There are coffee breaks for mingling, and Saturday night is free for a night on the town in Boston or Cambridge, but otherwise your weekend is full!

Dates Faculty
October 31 - November 1, 2015 Franklin Cohen, Jonathan Cohler
January 23 - 24, 2016 Yuan Yuan, Jonathan Cohler
February 13-14, 2016 Philippe Cuper, Jonathan Cohler
March 26 - 27, 2016 Karel Dohnal, Jonathan Cohler
April 16 - 17, 2016 Wenzel Fuchs, Jonathan Cohler
May 21-22, 2016 Luis Rossi, Jonathan Cohler
June 4 - 5, 2016 Gabor Varga, Jonathan Cohler


observe and perform

Both days, each student will observe and participate in 7.5 hours of masterclasses, and all active students play in two 30-minute slots for each of the faculty members. Professional pianists are provided free of charge.


clarinet-related topics

Learn valuable information to enhance your clarinet playing in focused seminars dealing with everything from mouthpieces and reeds, to modern techniques, circular breathing, double tongueing, audition preparation and much more.

Clarinet Ensemble

end of the day

No clarinet school would be complete without the harmonious sounds of clarinet ensemble! Both afternoons end with ensemble rehearsals, conducted by our illustrious faculty. The student clarinet ensemble will perform one work on the Closing Concert.


Mingle and Meet

BCA gives you a unique opportunity to meet and work with the top clarinet players in the world in both formal and informal settings. You can form lasting bonds with colleagues and faculty alike at Boston Clarinet Academy!

Closing Concert

Closing Concert

faculty concert and clarinet ensemble

We close each weekend with a performance by the faculty and the clarinet ensemble followed by a final reception!

State-of-the-Art Facilities

At Cambridge Music Consortium

BCA is held in the newly refurbished facilities of the Cambridge Music Consortium, including sound-treated rooms, air conditioning, hi-speed WiFi, as well as full video and audio capability.

Typical Saturday Schedule

08:30-09:00 Orientation
09:00-11:00 Masterclasses
(snacks & coffee provided)
11:30-13:30 Masterclasses
13:30-15:00 LUNCH BREAK
15:00-15:45 Mouthpieces
15:45-16:30 Reeds
(snacks & coffee provided)
17:00-18:00 Clarinet Ensemble

Typical Sunday Schedule

9:00-11:00 Masterclasses
(snacks & coffee provided)
11:30-13:00 Masterclasses
13:00-14:30 LUNCH BREAK
14:30-15:15 Circular Breathing &
Double Tongueing
15:15-16:00 Questions & Discussion
(snacks & coffee provided)
16:30-17:30 Clarinet Ensemble
17:30-19:30 DINNER BREAK
19:30-21:00 Closing Concert
21:00-21:30 RECEPTION

What you get at BCA

For the price of one clarinet lesson…

  • Two days of direct interaction with our famous faculty
  • Two 30-minute masterclass performances
  • 7.5 hours of masterclasses
  • 3 hours of lecture/demonstrations
  • 2 hours of clarinet ensemble
  • professional piano accompaniment
  • faculty recital
  • 2 hours of coffe & Mingle time
  • Small class size of just 15 Active and 5 Auditor students

When you apply for an intensive weekend at BCA, plan to arrive first thing Saturday morning and and depart after the closing faculty concert and reception on Sunday night.

Choose your degree

  • Professional Clarinet Studies Diploma
    (attend all 7 weekends)
  • Professional Clarinet Studies Certificate
    (attend all 4-6 weekends)
  • Certificates of Participation
    (attend all 1-3 weekends)