Proud to Present: The Clearly Clarinet Camp by Bocal Majority – new for 2017!clarinet-picture-many


When: July 10-13, 2017

Where: Vandeventer Middle School in Frisco, TX

Times: 10am to 1pm Monday through Thursday

Cost: $125 – includes free t-shirt

Ages: 11-23  (3 months playing experience minimum requirements)

Enroll now!  On time deadline May 15th


Sample Schedule – daily schedule varies

10:00-10:45 Small Ensembles – Chamber Music

10:50-11:30 Masterclass / Special Topics

11:35-11:50 Faculty Recital

11:50-12:00 Break – Special clarinet vendors on site

12:05-12:30 Special Topics / Masterclass

12:35-1:00 Large Ensemble


Official Camp Sponsors:

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Dr. Cheyenne Cruz

cheyenne-cruzDr. Cheyenne Cruz joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Arlington in 2016 as Lecturer of Clarinet. Previously, she held a position as Adjunct Clarinet Instructor at Stephen F. Austin State University, and was the Teaching Fellow in chamber music for the University of North Texas in 2015. In addition to her collegiate teaching, Cheyenne maintains a private clarinet studio in the DFW area including students from Hebron High School (winners of “Best Music” at BOA Grand Nationals in 2015) and Argyle High School (UIL 4A State Marching Band winner for 4 consecutive years). Cheyenne’s high school students have been accepted into All-State bands and orchestras for both the TMEA and ATSSB organizations. Cheyenne completed her DMA in clarinet performance with a related field in music education at the University of North Texas in 2015. She also holds a Master’s degree in clarinet performance from the Florida State University and Bachelor’s degree in music education from McMurry University.

As a performer, Cheyenne has appeared with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the San Angelo Symphony, the Longview Symphony Orchestra, and the Dallas Wind Symphony. She is presently a member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Corporon. Cheyenne has also been the long-term substitute 2nd clarinetist with the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. An active chamber musician, Cheyenne’s previous wind quintet, The Center Quintet, was invited to perform at both the Plowman and Fischoff chamber music competitions. Now Cheyenne is composing and arranging in addition to performing with her newest chamber music group, WoodWired, an electroacoustic duo with flutist Hannah Leffler. WoodWired has been actively performing original music for bass clarinet, flute, and electronics since 2015, and appeared at the National Flute Association convention in 2016.

In addition to her performing ventures, Cheyenne has been published in The Clarinet Magazine, the monthly journal issued by the International Clarinet Association, with an article entitled “A Pedagogical Guide to Playing Bass Clarinet in a Wind Ensemble.” Prior to that, she completed an undergraduate thesis entitled “Mickey Mousing Squared: Postmodernism in Cartoon Music” for which she graduated with special honors in Music History. Her major clarinet teachers include Dr. Kimberly Cole Luevano and Dr. Frank Kowalsky.

Katie Combest

Katie has been teaching professionally since 2000 and has a passion for teaching, learning and growth. She takes great pride in her students’ accomplishments. Her students’ accomplishments have included top chairs in All-Region, Area, and All-State Orchestras. Katie has helped her katie-combeststudents place First Chair in All State (both 4A and 5A) on soprano and bass clarinets. Many of Katie’s students have continued playing/performing in college and beyond. Her students have been accepted as clarinet majors, with scholarships to: Juilliard, the Eastman School of Music, Northwestern University, USC, TCU, Baylor, Texas Tech, SMU, CU, OU, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Katie has been a guest adjudicator for the Clarinet Solutions clarinet camp, frequently judges All-Region, Solo contest, and has served as one of the Woodwind Judges for the Collin County Young Artists Competition, in conjunction with the Plano Symphony. Katie teaches out of Music Masters Studio in Plano, TX, out of her home, and in the Flower Mound, Plano, and McKinney schools.

Music in general, and the clarinet, more specifically, have always been an important part of Katie’s life. She studied Clarinet Performance at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York.

She also studied Business and Spanish at the University of North Texas in Denton,TX. Some of her most notable past instructors include Nancy Gamso, Denise Gainey, John Scott, Paul Garner, Stanley Hasty, Kenneth Grant, David Weber, and Jon Manasse.

Katie has also participated in master classes with Larry Combs. Katie has performed with the East Texas Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, Texas Winds, Musica Nova, and the Orchestra of New Spain. She also substitutes with major orchestras in the area. Other performances include various pit orchestras for musicals including The Sound Of Music and The Music Man. Additional works include movie scores, operas, chamber music, and as well as many performances of Latin and Jazz. Katie is comfortable with all clarinets including the Bass clarinet.


Chastine Hofmeister


Chastine Hofmeister is currently the Second Clarinetist of the Longview Symphony Orchestra and the Monroe Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Irving Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Arlington, Garland Symphony, Midland-Odessa Symphony, East Texas Symphony, Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, Sherman Symphony Orchestra, and was previously Acting Principal of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in clarinet performance at the University of North Texas.

While at the University of North Texas, she was a performance scholarship recipient and played with the North Texas Wind Symphony and Chamber Orchestra. During her time with the Wind Symphony, she recorded with the Klavier label and GIA educational projects. She has also had the honor of being featured in the International Clarinet Association’s journal, The Clarinet.

Her primary teachers have included Greg Raden, John Scott, and Rena Feller. Chastine has participated in several master classes with distinguished performers including Donald Montanaro, Charles Neidich, Robert Spring, and Anthony Gigliotti. She has also attended music festivals such as the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Sewanee, Tennessee and Domain Forget in Quebec, Canada.

Chastine is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, the International Clarinet Association, National Federation of State High School Associations, Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity for Women, and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.

Chastine also maintains a private studio in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Chastine also enjoys running and has completed several full and half marathons. She resides in McKinney, Texas with her husband, Jason, and their Cockatiel named Gustav.


Dr. Allen Buffington

Dr. Allen Buffington is currently teaching privately in Frisco ISD and Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD. He has performed with the allen-buffingtonLongview Symphony Orchestra, Ruston Symphony Orchestra, Vicksburg Chamber Orchestra, Mississippi Metropolitan Symphony, and the Mississippi Symphonic Winds. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from Louisiana Tech University, and a Doctor of Arts in Music Education Music Theory, and Music History from the University of Mississippi.

As a graduate student at Louisiana Tech University, Allen was a teaching assistant with band department and performed in the Symphonic wind Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, Jazz Ensemble, and was co-director of the La Tech Clarinet Camp. He was also the winner of the Ruston Symphony Concerto Competition and performed as guest soloist with the Ruston Symphony Orchestra. While at the University of Mississippi, he performed with the Ole Miss Wind Ensemble, the Mississippians Jazz Ensemble, and the UM Faculty Woodwind Quintet.

Dr. Buffington taught band for over twenty years in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas, and has performed with outstanding musicians such as Nell Carter, Debbie Allen, Don Sinta, David Samuels, and David Shifrin. He has studied with Dr. Edmund Winston, Gene Saucier, and has taken master lessons with David Shifrin and Ricardo Morales.

Dr. Buffington is a member of Texas Music Educators Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He has presented master classes, clinics, and judged throughout the South. Dr. Buffington lives in Denton, TX with his wife Mary Ann, and two pound puppies Jazz and Ragtime.

Jeanene Johnson

Jeanene Johnson - Clarinetist
Jeanene Johnson – Clarinetist

Jeanene Ioppolo Johnson graduated Magna Cum Laude from TWU with a Bachelor in Music Education. She served as the Principal Clarinetist in the Wind Ensemble and Lead Alto in Jazz band II. She also participated in Sigma Alpha Iota and served as Editor, Treasurer and VP Ritual. She received the SAI Honor Award, Scholastic Award, Leadership Award and was twice the recipient of the Marjory Murphy Scholarship Award. Jeanene was also selected for the Presidential Honors Concert, was awarded Music Major of the Year and participated as an officer in Alpha Chi, Kappa Delta Pi and Mortar Board Honor Societies.

Jeanene graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas Christian University with a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance. She was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship under professor Gary Whitman. Jeanene served as the Principal Clarinetist of the TCU Wind Symphony and the Principal Clarinetist of TCU Wind Ensemble. She is featured on TCU’s compact disk, Regenesis – Music Of Renewal performing the extended clarinet solo on Alfred Reed’s Variations on the “Porazzi” Theme of Richard Wagner. While at TCU, Jeanene was also selected for membership in Pi Kappa Lambda, National Music Honor Society and served as a substitute Principal Clarinet in the Los Colinas Symphony.


Jeanene is an active clinician, performer and private teacher in the DFW area. She has been a featured soloist in many short film and full feature film compositions of composer Douglas Edward. She has taught clarinet and saxophone since 1997 in the HEB and GCISD school districts and has taught clarinet sectionals & ensembles for the TCU Summer Band Program since 2009. Jeanene has had numerous students in the All Region, Area and All State bands on Eb, Bb, Bass and Contrabass clarinets. Jeanene also served as Adjunct Professor of Clarinet and Director of Clarinet ensembles at Tarleton State University from 2007-2012. Jeanene’s students have been awarded the Center Stage Scholarship at TSU and have also been selected as members of the CDBNA National Collegiate Band. Many of her students have gone onto complete masters degrees at UNT, TCU and TWU. She is an active member of Texas Music Educators Association and The International Clarinet Association. Jeanene has studied clarinet with Susan Ishii, Gary Whitman and Andy Crisanti. Jeanene enjoys all things clarinet, running, baking, taking photographs with her husband Stephen and spending time with her awesome son, Christian!