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"My Lumière Grenadilla clarinets with Cocobolo barrel and bell have brought a new joy and freshness to my music making."

Biography

American clarinetist Wesley Warnhoff’s “thoughtful, effortless, and intense” performance style has gained him international acclaim as a soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician. Wes is currently serving as Assistant Teaching Professor of Clarinet at the University of Missouri where he leads the clarinet studio and performs with the Missouri Quintet. Wes is also the former principal clarinet of the Battle Creek Symphony in Michigan, a post he held from 2010 until 2019.

An avid proponent of music education, Wesley’s research into the clarinet’s contemporary extended techniques has helped him to develop a unique pedagogical approach that provides a new perspective on creating the ideal embouchure and sound concept. It is this dedication to teaching that makes him a sought-after artist and clinician throughout the United States.

As a champion of new music, Wes has given many new music premieres including the world-premiere of Murray Gross’ Rhapsody for Clarinet, I Surrender, and Carolina Heredia’s Vanishing. Along with performing new music, Dr. Warnhoff has also added to the performing repertoire, most notably with his transcription for clarinet, voice, and piano of “La Vita e Inferno” from Verdi’s La Forza del Destino. Wesley is also an active commissioner of new music, and his current project is Monologues by Aaron Mencher, a contemporary concerto for clarinet and orchestra to be performed in the Fall of 2019.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Missouri, Wes was on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clarinet and performed with the Wingra Wind Quintet, an ensemble-in-residence at UW-Madison. He has also served on faculty at Alma and Albion Colleges in Michigan.

Wes received his degrees in higher education from Michigan State University, where he earned his DMA and MM, and Missouri State University where he earned his BM. His primary teachers include Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Dr. Allison Storochuk, and Dr. Jack Scheurer.

Wes is an artist for Backun Musical Services and performs exclusively on Backun Lumiere clarinets.



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Fit and Sizing

Barrels

FIT BRANDS
Standard Backun, Buffet, Selmer (USA, Centered Tone, 10G, Series 9), Yamaha, and most other brands
Standard Plus As above, larger bore for more free blowing feel

Selmer Paris

Selmer Paris (Not including Selmer USA, 10G, Series 9)

Yamaha CSG

Yamaha CSG I, II and III

 

Bells

FIT BRANDS
Standard Backun, Buffet, Selmer (USA, Centered Tone, 10G, Series 9), Yamaha (including CSG), and most other brands
Selmer Paris Selmer Paris (Not including Selmer USA, 10G, Series 9)

Vocalise Bb Mouthpieces

MODEL MATERIAL OPENING FACING LENGTH COMPARES TO
R Hard Rod Rubber Close Short M13/15
G Hard Rod Rubber Medium Medium 5RV/M30/BD5
H Hard Rod Rubber Open Long B40/B45
CG Proprietary Synthetic Open Long BD4/B40
Z Hard Rod Rubber Extreme Open Long BD7

Vocalise Bass Mouthpieces

MODEL MATERIAL OPENING FACING LENGTH COMPARES TO
CG
Proprietary Synthetic Open Long B46/B50

Alpha Mouthpieces

MODEL MATERIAL OPENING FACING LENGTH COMPARES TO
Bb Plastic Medium Medium 5RV Lyre
Bass Plastic Medium Medium 5RV Lyre