Dr. Qian's article at the International Clarinet Association's magazine
Dr. Qian research and recording project called “ East meets West” has been noticed by and received great reviews from the International Clarinet Association (ICA). He was interviewed by the ICA’s official magazine, Clarinet, about his recording project and his thoughts regarding the global perspectives on the clarinet repertoire. The resulting article was just published on March 1, 2023. The Clarinet is the official publication of the International Clarinet Association, published quarterly. Each issue is packed with valuable information for everyone from professional players and teachers to amateurs and students of all levels. The magazine features reviews of new CDs and sheet music, insights on teaching from leading pedagogues, the latest clarinet research, notes on the jazz scene, reports from around the world, and much more.
GDYO First Chair
April 22, 2023 Diego is a member of the CSRA Premier Program from Colleyville Heritage High School. He is the first chair bass clarinet of GDYO and a TMEA 6A All-State player (8th overall) His most recent achievements include Texas Tech Band Camp Saxophone Principal Chair, Grapevine- Colleyville ISD Music Merit Concerto Competition first prize, and GCISD Solo Contest Outstanding Award on Bass Clarinet and Soprano Sax. He was a featured sax soloist at the Oklahoma University Saxophone Summer Camps. He is also a talented sax player who will be a freshman at UT Austin as a music major!
First season of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Clarinet Choir
2022-2023 GDYO launches Clarinet Choir with Dr Jun Qian serving as conductor bringing the number of ensembles to ten. Their videos could be heard from the following link!
Madalyn, No.2 All-Stater, Principal Eb Clarinet, Texas All-State 6A Symphonic Band
February 2023 Madalyn was ranked No.2 Eb Clarinet in 6A division by the Texas Music Educators Association ( TMEA) All-State audition process. As a result, she will be the principal Eb player for Texas All-State 6A Symphonic Band and perform in San Antonio for the TMEA annual conference. She also serves as the principal clarinetist and the Eb clarinet soloist of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony for its 2022-23 concert season. Madalyn is a member of the premier program at the academy, a junior at Marcus High School, and a member of the award-winning Marcus Marching Band. She has been studying clarinet with Dr. Qian since seventh grade at Downing Middle School. Madalyn is also in the top 20% of her graduating class and has been recognized outside of music by receiving awards for her artwork through Region VASE (2022) and the LISD District MLK Contest (2022).
Grayson, Freshman All-Region Band, Marcus Sports Star
February 2023 Grayson is a member of the CSRA Premier Program, a freshman and member of the Marcus High School Marching band. He started his lessons with Dr. Qian as a Junior Program member while attending Lamar Middle School. During the 2022 – 2023 school year, he had the honor of performing with the Region 2 Freshman All - Region Band. He was ranked number 9 out of over 60 Bb clarinets that auditioned. Quite an accomplishment as he spent multiple weeks recovering from a football related shoulder injury and was unable to play his instrument. Grayson maintains honor roll status while taking Honors, AP and GT classes at Marcus High School. Grayson was a member of the undefeated freshman sliver football team and recently found out he will represent Marcus High School on the freshman baseball team. Outside of school, he is a member of USA Prime baseball club and a member of the freshman leadership team with the Young Men’s Service League.
Three Year Texas All- Stater
Emily is a member of the premier program at the academy and a junior at Maypearl high school. This year, it was her third year to make the ATSSB All- State Band, and she was placed 7th amongst the 35 4A clarinets. She also performs with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Clarinet Choir for its 2022-23 season. Emily has been a part of her bands leadership team for 2 years, where this past year she was one of two drum majors. Emily also participate in a local community band, where she has the opportunity to play with several talented musicians. Her focus on academics is very strong as well. she is a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, the Academic UIL team, and several other school committees. Finally, she is in the top 10% of her graduating class.
February 2023 Jimmy is a member of the CSRA Premier Program and a sophomore at Prince of Peace Christian School in Frisco. He was selected as an All-Stater by the Texas Music Educators Association ( TMEA) All-State audition process. As a result, he will perform as a member of and perform in San Antonio for the TMEA annual conference. Jimmy is a straight-A student and a member of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Clarinet Choir for its 2022-23 concert season. He also made USA Fencing All Academics First Team and All American Second Team in 2022. Jimmy started his lessons with Dr. Qian when he was a seventh grader in middle school.
Omkar, No.6 All-Stater, Co-Principal Clarinet, Texas All- State 5A Symphonic Band
February 2023 Omkar is a member of the CSRA Premier Program, a senior and the first chair of the Centennial High School in Frisco ISD. He was ranked No.6 Bb Clarinet in the 5A division by the Texas Music Educators Association ( TMEA) All-State audition process. As a result, he will perform as the Co-Principal Clarinet of the 2023 Texas All-State 5A Symphonic Band and perform in San Antonio for the TMEA annual conference. Omkar is also the Co-Principal of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Clarinet Choir for its 2022-23 concert season.
First Chair, Schimelpfenig Middle School Beginners Band, recipient of the 2022 President’s Award for Educational Excellence
February 2023 Luke is a member of Junior Program at CSRA and a student at Schimelpfenig Middle School in Plano ISD. After just a few months of online lessons with Dr. Qian, and having had no previous musical experience, Luke was selected as First Chair in the Clarinet section of the sixth-grade band Winter Concert at his school. Luke is a quick study. He progressed from learning the very basics of assembling the instrument in his first lesson to sight-reading music and playing with confidence in just 5 months. He plans to continue to play the clarinet next year in the 7th grade wind ensemble. Luke is also an aficionado of basketball and plays for a variety of teams year-round. He was a recipient of the 2022 President’s Award for Educational Excellence last year in recognition of his scholastic achievement.
Amaia, First Chair, Haggard Middle SChool, First Chair, All-Region Wind Symphony
February, 2023 Amaia is a member of the CSRA Junior Program, an eighth-grader, and the first chair of the band at Haggard Middle School in Plano. During the 2022-23 school year, She was ranked No.3 during the Region 25 middle school audition process and performed as one of the first clarinet section members of the All-Region Wind Symphony ( top band). She is also on the Haggard Eagles basketball team and is a former champion gymnast in her 5th and 6th grades. Amaia has been Dr. Qian’s online lesson student since her sixth grade as a beginner.
First Chair, Downing Middle School Band, First Chair, All-Region Symphonic Band
November 5, 2022 Cheyenne is the first chair of the Downing Middle School Band. She has been selected as a member of the first clarinet section of the All-Region Symphonic Band 2022-2023. Congratulations! Cheyenne is a member of the Junior Program and has studied with Dr. Qian since she was a beginner in the sixth grade at Downing Middle School.
Conductor and Founder, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Clarinet Choir
July 1st, 2022 Dr. Qian is named the first ever conductor of the GDYO clarinet choir. The Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Clarinet Choir is the newest member of the GDYO family. It is scheduled to premier in the Fall of 2022 to provide music education and performance opportunities for Clarinetists with demonstrated musical ability. Students audition each spring before a panel of judges with scales, solos and orchestral excerpts. The GDYO Clarinet Choir performs three concerts annually where they are introduced to a large variety of repertoire. Many of the CSRA students have been regular members of the GDYO program. Last year alone (2021-2022), two of the four clarinetists from GDYO top orchestra were Dr.Qian's students. Two of the four bass clarinetists in the top GDYO band were also from the CSRA.
First chair, Marcus High School Wind Symphony
June 25, 2022 Madison is a member of the CSRA Premier Program. She has performed with the Marcus High School Wind Symphony as the first chair since her junior year. She is also a proud section leader of the Marcus Marching Band, which was recognized as the State UIL Silver medalist at the competition in San Antonio this past year, and a finalist in the BoA National Championships. As a high academic achiever, Madison is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and Tri-M Music Honor Society. After winning a competitive audition, she will perform with the clarinet choir of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Program in the fall.
Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony 2022- 2023
November 5, 2022 Madalyn has been appointed as the principal clarinetist and the Eb clarinet soloist of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony for its 2022-23 concert season. She is also one of the featured woodwind ensemble soloists of the award-winning Marcus marching band this school year. Congratulations! Madalyn is a member of the premier program at the academy and a junior at Marcus High School. She studied clarinet with Dr. Qian since seventh grade at Downing Middle School.
Featured Soloist and First Chair, Hebron High School Marching Band, Three-Year 6A All-Stater
June 22, 2022 George is a member of the CSRA Premier Program. He is the featured soloist and first clarinetist of the Hebron High School Marching Band, which was placed No.1 for both the BOA Super Regional Championship and UIL State 2021. He was also the principal clarinet for All-State Philharmonic Orchestra and the Eb soloist with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. This fall, he will attend the Cleveland Institute of Music and study with the members of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra.
First Chair, Middle School All-Region Symphonic Band and Outstanding Soloist Award
July 13, 2022 Grayson was a member of the Junior Program and completed 8th grade at Lamar Middle School. He was awarded Outstanding Soloist during his Division 1 Solo and Ensemble Contest. He was also the first chair Bb clarinet in the All-Region Symphonic Band, All-District Symphonic Band, and Lamar Middle School Symphonic Band. Grayson maintained honor roll status the entire school year while taking two high-school-level classes as well as all Pre-AP classes. Grayson completed the LISD dual language program by completing AP Spanish 4 in 8th grade and had the opportunity to be immersed in the Costa Rican rain forest for two weeks this summer. Outside of school, he is a member of the USA Prime baseball club. His team claimed the championship in the 14U open gold bracket in the NCS Don Myer 13th Annual World Series Tournament. Grayson will attend Marcus High School in the fall and plans to join the football team , try out for the Baseball team and perform with the marching band.
Squad Leader, Marcus Marching Band
July 1, 2022 Jordan is a member of the CSRA Premier Program. She finished her sophomore year as one of only four sophomore squad leaders for the Marcus Marching Band, which was recognized as the State UIL Silver Medalist at the competition in San Antonio this past year, as well as a finalist in the BOA National Championships. Jordan won an Outstanding Section of the Year award for Symphonic Band at Marcus and volunteered at multiple UIL events. Jordan was offered membership in the English Honor Society at Marcus and won The Magnificent Marauder award for Business Management this year. Jordan has achieved all of this while taking all honors and AP classes.
Four Year All- Stater
July 4th, 2022 Caroline is a member of the CSRA Premier Program and the principal clarinetist, as well as the drum major, of the DeKalb High School band. She has been accepted to every music school she applied for (University of Texas at Austin, University of North Texas, and Baylor University). Instead, she will attend Texas A&M University majoring in business, and will perform with the top band there this coming fall!
Top Tier High School Rating & Soloist with a College Jazz Band
July 7th, 2022 Alex is a member of the Premier Program and a senior at Allen High School. He has accepted an invitation to perform with a college-level jazz band and received a top-tier rating for his clarinet solo. Last semester, Alex was awarded the prize for the chosen logo of a local art gallery. He has also started his own design business called Hughes Studio 1.
Middle School Solo Rated No.1 Two Years Straight
July 12, 2022 Cheyenne is a member of the Junior Program and plays clarinet at Downing Middle School. Since 2020, she has received "Division 1" from the judges for her solo performances in the University Interscholastic League Solo and Ensemble Contest. She also played in an ensemble for UIL last school year, and her ensemble received the same rating. In Cheyenne’s free time, she enjoys martial arts, archery, and riding horses.
Principal Bass Clarinetist of Plano Senior High School
July 12, 2022 Nicolas is a member of the CSRA Premier Program and played as the principal bass clarinetist of the Plano Senior High School Wind Symphony and Wind Symphony of the GDYO program. Elite music schools have accepted him both in Texas and Michigan after two months of intensive soprano clarinet training. This fall, he will attend the University of North Texas and major in music education.
Eb Clarinet Soloist at Marcus High School
July 1, 2022 She is an Eb clarinet soloist for the Marcus High School Wind Symphony and a proud member of the Marcus marching band, which was recognized as the State UIL Silver Medalist at the competition in San Antonio this past year, as well as a finalist in the BOA National Championships. Madalyn is an Honor Roll student. She was the recipient of an award for her artwork submission to the 29th annual LISD MLK Art Contest and was also recognized as a regional medalist for two of her artwork pieces submitted to VASE. In the University Interscholastic League Solo & Ensemble Contest, Madalyn has received a Division I rating four years in a row (2018-2022). Last year, she received the Patrick S. Gilmore Award for Outstanding Freshman Performer and contributions to the Marcus Band. After winning a competitive audition, she will perform with the wind symphony of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Program during its 2022-23 season.
Soloist with the Lone Star Youth Orchestra
July 18, 2022 Joseph is the newest member of the CSRA Premier Program. He was a qualifier for the Area Band and a soloist for the Lone Star Youth Orchestra. He was the second chair in the Guyer High School Wind Ensemble. A high academic achiever, he is part of the NHS sans NEHS. He was rated first division in solo and ensemble contests playing Rossini’s Introduction, Theme, and Variations. Joseph will also perform as a part of the GDYO clarinet choir this coming fall.