Single Reed/Flute Day

Single Reed and Flute Day - January 20, 2018


9:30 Registration
10:00 Masterclasses
11:00 Student ensembles rehearsals
12:00 Lunch (included)
1:00 Masterclasses/Special Topics
2:00 Ensembles Rehearsals
3:00 Guest Artist and Ensembles Recital

Pre-registration is $15, through January 19
On-site registration is $20

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Guest Artists:

  • Randall Smith

    Dr. Randall Smith


    Randall A. Smith is Professor Emeritus of Saxophone at Truman State University, a position he held for thirty years (1987-2017). Dr. Smith began his teaching career at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, MO, in 1983. A graduate of Jackson High School, Jackson, MO, he completed undergraduate music degrees at Southeast Missouri State University and graduate degrees at Indiana University—Bloomington where he studied with Eugene Rousseau. Dr. Smith is a champion of new music and has commissioned nine works for soprano, alto, and baritone saxophones. Most recently, he commissioned Eric Ewazen to compose Fantasia for Alto Saxophone and Band, which is available with piano accompaniment from Theodore Presser. Another popular work, Sonata No. 1 (1983) for Alto Saxophone and Piano, was composed for Dr. Smith’s thirtieth birthday by his father, Dr. Charles W. Smith, and is available from Southern Music. Dr. Smith has performed in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, and Europe (Austria, England, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland, and Ukraine) and is available for performances and clinics. He can be contacted at

  • James Thompson

    James Thompson


    An energetic and passionate musician, James Thompson has performed on three continents in diverse venues ranging from LA's Walt Disney Concert Hall to medieval Italian churches to the Great Wall of China. Recently, James was named a winner of the National Flute Association Masterclass Competition, the Ball State University Graduate Concerto Competition, and the Illinois State University Concerto Competition, and he received 2nd place in the Flute Society of St. Louis’s Young Artist Competition.

    An avid chamber musician, James has performed for three years as the flutist of the Ball State Graduate Wind Quintet and he has been invited to perform at four National Flute Association conventions as a member of the flute ensemble, “Calliope.” James has appeared in numerous summer music festivals such as Domaine Forget, the Southern Illinois Music Festival, the Fresno Opera & Orchestra Summer Academy, and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. He has also served as faculty for Festival Suoni d’Abruzzo (Italy) and the Southeast Orchestra & Chamber Music Institute.

    Raised in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, James began studying the flute with his father at the age of 12. James completed his Bachelor of Music Performance at Truman State University and his Master of Music Performance at Illinois State University. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Arts in Music Performance at Ball State University, where he studies with Mihoko Watanabe and is the flute studio graduate assistant.

  • Larkin Sanders

    Larkin Sanders

    D’Addario Artist, special presentation on single reed equipment

    Dr. Larkin Sanders is a native of Branson, Missouri and currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri where she works as the Director of Marketing and Community Engagement for the Friends of Chamber Music, maintains a private clarinet studio, and performs with various ensembles. Dr. Sanders is also a Woodwind Method Clinician for D'Addario Woodwinds, for which she frequently gives masterclasses and lectures. She is also a Selmer Paris Artist and performs on Selmer Présence clarinets in addition to D'Addario Reserve mouthpieces and Reserve Classic reeds. Most notably, Larkin is the founder, executive-artistic director, and a clarinetist of the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, a summer music festival in Branson, Missouri.

    In addition to her activities as a clarinetist, teacher, and administrator, Dr. Sanders is also a composer who has a fondness for songs and unique chamber ensembles. Larkin has had her works performed in a variety of settings. Her works are inspired by the talents of her friends and colleagues, and the genres of her works span from chamber operettas, art songs, children's music, and more.

    Dr. Sanders recently completed her Doctor of Music degree in clarinet performance and a certificate in arts administration at Florida State University. At FSU, she has studied clarinet with Dr. Frank Kowalsky and Dr. Deborah Bish. Larkin also holds a master of music degree from Michigan State University where she studied clarinet with Dr. Justin O’Dell and composition with Dr. Ricardo Lorenz. Previously, she earned her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Kansas while studying clarinet with Dr. Stephanie Zelnick and Dr. Larry Maxey.

    In addition to her exciting musical activities, Dr. Sanders is also an avid craftswoman and enjoys sewing, furniture rehab, and other creative activities. In her free time, she enjoys creating things, reading, and spending time with her Norwegian forest cat, Miles.


Faculty Member

Dr. Gabrielle Baffoni

Applied Clarinet and Saxophone, Chamber Music
Office: River Campus Seminary 352

Faculty Member

Mr. Paul Thompson

Applied Flute and University Studies
Office: River Campus Seminary 353


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Department of Music
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