Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



Committee Chair(s)

Max F. Dalby


Max F. Dalby


For several years the writer had considered the idea that being an accomplished performer would be challenging and stimulating. He had been in public school music instruction and unable to develop this idea to the point that he would like. After his decision to work on a Master 's Degree in music, the thought of performing a recital was greeted as a welcome experience.

Certain aspects had to be considered before actual practice on a recital could begin. When planning a program to present for the recital, two facts came to mind. The writer had played the clarinet for 16 years and had experience in many bands and solo performances for region contests. The writer also had experience on the flute, bass clarinet, saxophone, and oboe. It was decided that the B~ clarinet would be the major performing instrument. Because of the limited practice time over the past two years on the flute, oboe, and saxophone, it was decided in conference with Dr. Max F. Dalby that the bass clarinet would provide a desirable companion. The contrast of sound between the B~ and the bass clarinet lent variety to the program.

Selection of music then had to be made. Certain criteria had to be met by this literature to provide the performer stimulation, interest and intellectual growth. Again Dr. Dalby was consulted and a decision was made as to which pieces would best meet these criteria.