PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University music faculty members
James Schoepflin and Gerald Berthiaume join efforts to present a March 2
concert of music for clarinet and piano.
The program, planned for Bryan Hall Auditorium at 8 p.m., will include
audience favorites, Weber’s “Grand Duo Concertant” and Brahms’ “Sonata in
E-Flat.” Added to the evening will be “Time Pieces” by Robert Muczynski.
Schoepflin and Berthiaume previously performed “Time Pieces” as part of a
gala Muczynski concert for the Music Teachers National Association
Conference in Miami. Schoepflin recorded Muczynski’s “Fantasy Trio” with
the Muhlfeld Trio, a recording that was selected as a feature on United Airlines
in-flight audio channels worldwide in 1992.
Schoepflin, coordinator of the WSU School of Music and Theatre Arts’
woodwind area, joined the faculty in 1976. He chaired the music department for
three years. Schoepflin conducted the Washington Idaho Symphony for 11
seasons before auditioning for a position in the Spokane Symphony, where he
has been assistant principal and principal e-flat clarinetist since 1987. He
recently conducted several operas with Spokane Opera including “La
Boheme,” “Le Nozze di Figaro,” “The Barber of Seville” and “Cosi Fan Tutte.”
He also founded and published “The Clarinet,” the official journal of the
International Clarinet Association, for its first dozen years.
Berthiaume, coordinator of the WSU keyboard area, joined the faculty in 1989.
He previously was head of the piano department of Lamar University in Texas.
In 1993, he won the United States Information Agency Artistic Ambassador
Competition and performed concerts at U.S. embassies and consulates
throughout the Middle East. Berthiaume has presented recitals and lecture
recitals for national and international conferences of the Music Teachers
National Association, the College Music Society, the MTNC and the
Percussive Arts Society. Some of his solo and chamber music performances
have been recorded on several record labels, including Albany Records,
Vienna Modern Masters, Arizona University Recordings and Northeastern
The pair also will perform the program as part of the Camerata Musica Series in