~ 2017 Master Classes ~


~ Wesley Rice from Rice Clarinet Works and JLWC Clarinet Faculty, Kristen Spiridon ~
Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 6:00-9:00p - St. Stephen's United Methodist Church, Burke, VA - Instrument Exhibit, Master Class and Featured Performance by Clarinet Scholarship Recipient ~


​Since 2003, Rice Clarinet Works has specialized in all things

clarinet - barrels, bells, mouthpieces, hand-selected clarinets,

and world-class instrument service!  Mr. Rice and Ms. Spiridon

will present a unique and interactive master class featuring

student performers from the 2017 Judith Lapple Summer

Woodwind Camp (open to all woodwind instruments,

not just clarinets!).  Students who wish to perform on the

master class should contact Ms. Spiridon directly

at KristenSpiridon@hotmail.com.  In addition to the

master class, Mr. Rice will provide an informative session

and instrument exhibit for students and parents.  Questions and "sampling" of instruments are welcome!  The evening will also include a performance by this year's Clarinet Scholarship Recipient.  

For more information on the 2017 Rice Clarinet Works Scholarship, please click  


Proposed schedule for this event
6:00-7:30 - Master class by Wes Rice and Kristen Spiridon featuring 2017 JLWC Performers 
7:30-7:45 - Performance by 2017 JLWC Scholarship Recipient 

7:45-8:30 - Presentation by Wes Rice on hand-selected clarinets 
8:30-9:00 - Question and answer session/ Instrument 'sampling'


Mr. Rice will also host an instrument-maintenance class for students during the camp day on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from 1:30-3:00 at Trinity Christian School.  All interested students (and parents!) welcome to attend.  


Wesley Rice holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Peabody

Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Clarinet Performance and a

Master of Music degree from West Virginia University in Clarinet

Performance. He was awarded the assistantship for clarinet and

aural theory from West Virginia University and the Martha and

William Bill Memorial Prize for Woodwinds from the Peabody Institute.

Wesley has been restoring, repairing, and maintaining woodwind

instruments, mainly clarinets, since 2003. He has repaired the clarinets

of many symphony and freelance clarinetists from across the country and around the world, including Steven Barta, Bill Jenken, John Weigand, and Ed Palanker of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Doris Hall-Gulati of the Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, and many others. Wesley has repaired clarinets for members of the Navy Band, Naval Academy Band, and Marine Band. He also performs repairs and overhauls for students from The Peabody Conservatory, West Virginia University, Cincinnati College-Conservatory, Ithaca College, and their surrounding areas.

From 2009 to 2010, Wesley worked with Conn-Selmer (Leblanc) as a professional clarinet tester in Elkhart, Indiana. Currently, Wesley resides in Princess Anne, Maryland, where he runs his clarinet repair/restoration and parts manufacture business full-time.


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~ Flutist, Jeana Melilli ~

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - St. Stephen's United Methodist Church, Burke, VA - Chamber Recital and Master Class


Flutist, Jeana Melilli brings an abundance of orchestral experience to her students and a passion and love for music that is as inspiring as it is informative. Ms. Melilli, joined by JLWC Director, Jennifer Lapple and Clarinet Faculty, Kristen Spiridon, will perform solo flute and piccolo works and chamber music before opening the floor to JLWC Student Performers in a two-hour master class covering solo flute and piccolo repertoire and orchestral excerpts. Ms. Melilli will share her years of orchestral experience, concert appearances and pedagogical insights in an informative master class that is beneficial for all musicians, not just flutes! 


Students who wish to perform on the master class should contact Ms. Lapple directly at jlapple917@gmail.com.  


Proposed schedule for this event: 
6:00-6:45 - Chamber Recital

6:45-7:00 - Break

7:00-9:00 - Master Class 

Jeana Melilli is currently principal flute of the Savannah Philharmonic

and piccolo/third flute for both the South Carolina Philharmonic,

Columbus (GA) Symphony Orchestra and Greenville (SC) Symphony

Orchestra. She is an extra musician for the Atlanta Symphony

Orchestra, the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera Orchestra,

and has appeared with the West Virginia Symphony, the Florida

Orchestra, New World Symphony, and the Charleston Symphony

Orchestra. She is on the recordings Sounds of HIV with the

Sequence Ensemble, Music From Paris with the Atlanta

Chamber Winds, and The Golden Ticket with the Atlanta Opera

Orchestra.

As a Baroque flutist, Jeana is a member of both the Vista Ensemble in Columbia, SC, and Savannah Baroque in Savannah, GA. She enjoys introducing flutists to the traverso and has given introductory workshops at Agnes Scott College and Furman University, and is looking forward to a workshop at the University of South Carolina in February, 2017.

Jeana is excited to open her flute studio in the Brunswick/St. Simons/Savannah area. She has taught at Agnes Scott College, as well as  the prestigious Woodward Academy in East Point, GA and she taught in the Atlanta area since 2003. Previous flute students have won positions in District Honor Band and Georgia All-State Band and several have gone on to music careers in performance and/or education. She also enjoys teaching piano, where her students have succeeded with such pieces as “The Lady Bug,” and “Dinosaurs.”

A native of Stockbridge, GA, Jeana played for four years in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and studied with Carl Hall. After performing with the ASYO at the Closing Ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games and soloing with them her senior year in high school, she went on to earn her BM in flute performance from the Catholic University of America, studying with Carole Bean and twice appearing as soloist with the college orchestra. Jeana continued her musical career at Northwestern University, where she studied with Walfrid Kujala and earned her MM in flute performance. She was a prize-winner for the Flute Society of Washington’s Piccolo Artist Competition and has worked in masterclasses with Janet See, Kathie Stewart, Stephen Preston, William Bennett, Göran Marcusson, Donald Peck, and Paula Robison.




2017 Master Classes

2017 Master Classes 

2017 Judith Lapple

Summer Woodwind Camp & Music Festival

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