Midwest Musical Imports Blog

Happy Holidays!

December 1st, 2017 by

Happy holidays from all of us at MMI!

Our tree is up, the decorations are hung and we’re celebrating the holidays!  From now until December 25th, 2017, we are offering special in-store and online savings. 

IN-STORE–Select an ornament from our tree (pictured above) and reveal special savings on accessory purchases and new instruments!

ONLINE–All orders of $75 or more will receive free standard shipping! Purchase a new instrument from us and we’ll refund your shipping charges and give you a $100 off!

Thank you for your business and we wish you a very happy holiday season!

 


Free Shipping!

November 21st, 2017 by

To celebrate the start of the holiday season, we would like to offer all of our customers free shipping!  Any online order placed from Thursday, Nov. 23rd through Monday, Nov. 27th and shipped in the US will receive free shipping!


Small Business Saturday

November 21st, 2017 by

Shop small with us!!  Saturday, November 25, 2017 is Small Business Saturday!  We will be offering 10% off on all accessory for IN-STORE purchases.  If you are not able to come in to the store, we will be offering free shipping within the US on all online accessory orders!  Thank you for supporting your small woodwind shop, we greatly appreciate you, our customers!!!


Black Friday Specials

November 21st, 2017 by

Our physical store will be closed on Friday, but our online store will be open!!

Shop online and receive 10% off your accessory order, and get free shipping within the US!!!  Valid only on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017!


Happy Thanksgiving! Holiday Hours and Savings

November 20th, 2017 by

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at MMI!!!  We will be closed on Thursday and Friday to celebrate the holiday with our families. We will reopen on Saturday, from 9-3!

Our online store will remain open during this time.  Please shop www.mmimports.com  We will have a special online only deal on Black Friday (10% off all accessories!) and we will be offering free shipping the entire weekend for orders shipped within the US!

Have a wonderful holiday and happy music-making!


Ramón Wodkowski – Mouthpiece Craftsman Visit

November 10th, 2017 by

We are excited to announce that Ramón Wodkowski will be in Minnesota November 13-16, 2017.  He will be visiting the clarinet studios at the University of Minnesota and St. Olaf College on Monday, Nov. 13 to give a lecture about his unique craft. On Tuesday, Nov. 14 and Thursday, Nov. 16 Ramón will be in the Recital Hall at Midwest Musical Imports from 9am-5pm.

Please email Tori at Tori@mmimports.com or call the store at 612-331-4717 to schedule a 30 minute to 1 hour appointment with Ramón.   He will have his line of customizable mouthpieces available and will also be able to reface your current mouthpiece.  Time slots may fill up fast so don’t wait to make an appointment!

Ramón Wodkowski is the leading clarinet mouthpiece craftsman of his generation, having garnered international acclaim from many of the world’s leading soloists, orchestral musicians and teachers.

A native of Michigan, Ramón graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy before earning his bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and master’s degree from the Yale University School of Music. Ramón became interested in mouthpiece design whilst at Yale, and pursued studies in mouthpiece crafting with James Kanter and Everett Matson.

Ramón’s interest in the British clarinet tradition led him to study at the Royal College of Music in London, where he gained an Artist Diploma, won the prestigious Frederick Thurston prize, and was subsequently awarded the 2005-06 David Bowerman Junior Fellowship.

A professional clarinetist himself, Ramón understands what players need from a mouthpiece, and his in-depth knowledge and experience with both the American and European clarinet traditions provides him the versatility to customize each mouthpiece to suit its owner’s individual playing style.

To learn more about Ramón please visit his website at www.ramonwodkowski.com


Marigaux Savings

September 22nd, 2017 by

Just in time for back-to-school, we’re pleased to offer savings on select Marigaux instruments! Right now, we’re offering $500 off the normal list price of all Marigaux 2001 and M2 models. We have a full selection of instruments available for trial and ready to go. Contact Jeff or Steven in the oboe department at 800.926.5587 for additional details, availability, and trial procedures.

2001

Semi-automatic, grenadilla wood, silverplated keys.

Extended G key, G# and long F keys re- designed (more ergonomical)

Adjustable thumb-rest

Adjustment screw which lowers D ring to facilitate D to G slide (top octave)

Right hand little finger: C, C#, Eb re-designed; C, C# slide facilitated

Pads: low register 3 pads (B,C,D) made of white leather to prevent buzzing

Re-shaped bell

M2

Personalised instrument

Individual choice of head joints

Streamline design

Improved tuning

3 head-joint lenghts available : short, standard and long


Emily Brebach Oboe & English Horn Masterclass

September 15th, 2017 by

 

You’re invited!! FREE!!

Mini-recital
Masterclass
Reception following the class
Large selection of oboes and English horns for trial
Free small repairs

Emily Brebach joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra playing English horn and oboe in the fall of 2012.

Ms. Brebach, a Philadelphia native, has performed with several orchestras throughout the United States, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony, and the Houston Symphony.  In past summers, she has performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Des Moines Metro Opera, Tanglewood Music Center, and the Aspen Music Festival. Prior to joining the ASO, Ms. Brebach held the position of English horn and oboe with the Sarasota Orchestra.

Ms. Brebach holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and studied with Louis Rosenblatt, James Caldwell, Robert Atherholt, and Robert Walters.  She is an Artist Affiliate Instructor of Oboe at Emory University, a faculty member of the Atlanta Symphony’s Talent Development Program and maintains an active private studio in her home.  Ms. Brebach has also given masterclasses and reedmaking seminars at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Florida State University, the University of Minnesota, the University of South Carolina, and the North Carolina School for the Arts. She spends her summers in residence at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, NC, as English horn and oboe as well as artist faculty.

We look forward to seeing you at this great, FREE event!!  RSVP here!


Darrel Hale Bassoon Masterclass

September 11th, 2017 by

Mini-recital with works by Bach, Mignone & Winstead
Masterclass
Reception following the class
Large selection of bassoons and bocals for trial
Free small repairs

Darrel Hale is the Assistant Professor of Bassoon at Louisiana State University and the Principal Bassoon of Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, he also performs regularly as a member of the Timm Wind Quintet and the Conundrum Reed Trio. Before joining the faculty at LSU, Mr. Hale serviced as the Acting Principal of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the Principal Bassoon of the Kentucky and Springfield Orchestras. His teachers include Dr. Yoshiyuki Ishikawa, Per Hannevold, and William Winstead.

We look forward to seeing you at this great, FREE event!!


Richie Hawley Clarinet Masterclass

September 8th, 2017 by

You’re invited!  

 

We are excited to host Richie Hawley on Saturday, September 30th from 2-4pm!  The class will be held at Midwest Musical Imports in our recital hall.  Please join us for this free and incredible clarinet event!
Mini-recital and masterclass
Reception following the class
Try our custom set-up clarinets hand-selected by Richie
Mouthpieces, barrels, reeds, and more available for purchase
Free small repairs

 

Richie is the professor of clarinet at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston and serves as the teaching and performing clarinet artist at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.  A Buffet-Crampon artist, Mr. Hawley performs on the Tosca model of clarinet. He is also a D’Addario Woodwinds Performing Artist and Clinician, and plays exclusively on the Reserve Classic reeds and mouthpieces which he helped to develop.
Learn more at:  www.richiehawley.com

 

We look forward to seeing you there!!

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