School of Music

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Dr. James Schoepflin

Office: Kimbrough 260
School of Music
Washington State University
PO Box 645300
Pullman, WA 99164-5300
Phone: (509) 443-5494
FAX: (509) 335-4245

Dr. James Schoepflin

Professor Emeritus of Music

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Dr. Schoepflin played a key role in the development of the International Clarinet Association. When the society formed in 1974, he was asked to inaugurate and publish THE CLARINET, official magazine of the society. He served as publisher for 10 years. Then he was elected Association Treasurer, and Board of Directors Member.

Recently, Dr. Schoepflin's recording of Fantasy Trio by Robert Muczynski (The Mühlfeld Trio, Laurel, LR-122) was featured world-wide on United Airlines on-board classical music channel. He has performed Concertos (Mozart, Weber, Debussy, Copland) with symphony orchestras in Boise (ID), Idaho Falls (ID), Helena (MT), Juneau (AK), Ft. Collins (CO), Richland (WA), Olympia (WA), and Pullman/Moscow (WA/ID). He has presented recitals at several International Clarinet Association Conferences (1978 - Toronto, 1982 - Denver, 1984 - London). He has also presented performances at National Conferences of Music Teachers (MTNA) in Washington, D.C., and Miami.

Shortly after accepting his present position, he was active in helping to form the Solstice Wind Quintet, and served as Solstice Clarinetist until his retirement in 2005. Since 1978, Solstice has presented hundreds of concerts on the WSU Campus, for special music events, tours and various sponsoring concert venues throughout the northwest.

Dr. Schoepflin was principal clarinetist of the Cascade Festival of Music from 1988 until 1996. He also played, as a member of the Spokane Symphony, each summer in the Festival at Sandpoint (ID) directed by Gunther Schuller. He played Second Clarinet/E-Flat Clarinet in the Spokane Symphony from 1991 until 2001, and Bass Clarinet/Utility Clarinet from 1987 until 1991.

Students of Dr. Schoepflin have regularly been winners of such competitions as the Greater Spokane Music Festival, and the Washington Idaho Symphony Young Artist's Competition.

Also an experienced conductor, Dr. Schoepflin conducted the Washington Idaho Symphony for 11 seasons, and previously conducted the Idaho Falls Symphony, and the Idaho State Civic Symphony. He conducted the Spokane Youth Orchestra from 1987 until 1991. Recently he conducted performances of La Bohéme, Cosi fan Tutte, The Mikado, and Le Nozze Di Figaro for Spokane Opera in the 1990's.

In 2005 Dr. Schoepflin retired after 29 years on the WSU music faculty. His wife, Nancy, formerly an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington, also retired at that time. They reside in Spokane, WA where they continue to pursue their passion for international travel. Since retirement they have explored extensively in Europe, Australia/New Zealand, China, Africa, and South America. As time allows they continue to practice and perform music for piano duet, two pianos, and clarinet/piano. His current projects include writing a book, and newly-rediscovered interest in composition.

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