We are Ixi & Tiffany
We co-direct the Digital Clarinet Academy, which has become the most trusted place to take your clarinet skills to the next level with world-class digital content and virtual training!
Our mission is to bring you incredible resources, empower you on your musical path and connect you with clarinetists from around the world. We're people people and believe that in order to grow at anything, you've got to address many aspects of who you are!
If you're curious, here are a few things we've done around here!
Hosted over 300 clarinet masterclasses and workshops on wellness, career & more
Curated a digital course with 10 of the best bass clarinetists out there including 200+ videos called The Bass Clarinet Master Course
Run three virtual summer programs with 50+ clarinet performers and pedagogues from around the world
Brought into the world a practice planner for clarinetists
Created an additional platform called Music360 designed to help musician build a career they love including a membership called Thrive
The short of it
We are clarinetists, educators and coaches here to help you build your foundational skills, musicianship and performance ability all while becoming a better human!
Ixi is a clarinetist in the Cincinnati Symphony, professor at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the founder of concert:nova. Tiffany is the clarinet instructor at California State Stanislaus, a marketing professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a frequent collaborator with chamber groups and orchestras around the country.
We came together in 2020 to transform the way people around the world learn the clarinet through the power of the internet. Welcome! We're so happy you're here!Get the long of it
7 things to know about us!
1. We love what we do
We're here because we want to give you something that opens doors to your learning, that helps you see your musicianship and the world differently and that helps you move forward. Our business is built on YOUR possibilities!
2. Our Programs Will Change You
We offer programs that will make you better. We design trainings to help you evolve faster and adopt a practice that makes you confident in the creative work you are doing. Our programs seek to help you overcome your doubts and take you to the edge of what you're capable of!
3. We've Got Your Back
When you find yourself in "resistance", or can't shake those voices of hesitation, fear or insecurity, we will guide you back to your process, your focus, your creativity and always bring you back to trusting your work!
4. We sell things
Yes, we are a business. We sell training programs, lessons, coaching, consultations, services and design work. Our goal is for everyone to walk away feeling that they got tremendous value, can put lessons into immediate action, and that they signed up with a business that truly cares about them and their dreams.
5. That's so we can deliver a ton of free educational content
We're committed to creating the best content in the performing arts industry! From free resources on our website, to insights, conversations and support in our community, and tips and strategies on social media and in emails, we want to share our experience and knowledge. Our paid programs also support scholarships for those less able or not in a position to fund their studies.
6. You can trust us to overdeliver
We're here to go above and beyond for you. We won't just help you show up for yourself, but find your greatness! We'll take you to the edge of possibility and then some.
7. We are People People
We love our customers and followers. You are the reason we're here! We welcome everyone who wants to do good work, build a powerful network and connect through support and encouragement. We are warm-hearted, but our policy is strict: this is no place for hate, judgement, mean-spirited behavior or dishonesty.
Tell me... what is it your plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
- Mary Oliver
You really wanted those long, detailed bios? Okay fine!
Born in Taiwan and raised in California, Ixi Chen enjoys an active career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, artistic director, and educator. Ms. Chen holds the position of Second Clarinet in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and enjoys a versatile and active career as an orchestral player, chamber musician, artistic director, educator and coach. Ms. Chen's commitment to diverse experiences has taken her around the globe. She has performed in music festivals such as the Munich ARD, Aspen, Tanglewood, Evian, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Jerusalem, Thessoloniki, Saint Petersburg, Mexico City UNAM and the Beijing International Clarinet Festival.
Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Ms. Chen is a beloved teacher of students of all ages, running a private home studio of students from age 15-70. As a teacher and coach, Ms. Chen is deeply dedicated to empowering musicians to create the artistic career of their dreams, and develop the personal and business skills to transform their lives. This holistic approach is delivered through lessons, coaching and Music360, a music performance, career counseling, and entrepreneurial training platform that has created programs like the Digital Clarinet Academy, Thrive and more.
With her love of chamber music, she founded the chamber ensemble concert:nova whose fusion of traditional and contemporary elements seeks to cultivate a new audience for music, create vibrant community connections and deeper dialogue and understanding. During the ensemble’s 14 seasons, the ensemble has commissioned more than 30 new works, produced 15 regional premieres, and received grants including awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsWave and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.
Ms.Chen trained with Rosario Mazzeo, Gary Gray at the University of California Los Angeles, David Krakauer and Ricardo Morales at the Manhattan School of Music, Wolfgang Meyer at the Hochschule fur Musik Karlsruhe, Joaquin Valdepenas at the Aspen Festival and Yehuda Gilad at the University of Southern California. An active presenter and clinician, she presents masterclasses, workshops and talks at universities across the US and abroad. As a Buffet Crampon and D’Addario Artist, Ms. Chen performs exclusively on Buffet Crampon Clarinets and D'Addario Reeds.
DR. TIFFANY VALVO
Tiffany Valvo is a clarinetist, educator, and entrepreneur on a mission to cultivate the next generation of thriving young professionals. Residing in San Francisco, CA, she is the instructor of clarinet at California State University, Stanislaus, and is a marketing professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she teaches students how to expand their digital presence and monetize their skill sets.
As an entrepreneur, Tiffany has spent the past three years building two digital education platforms, Music360 and the Digital Clarinet Academy, which provide musicians with world-class resources and instruction. Building these platforms has developed Tiffany’s interest in all things digital content, leading to a role as the Social Media & Digital Content Specialist for Cal Performances, the performing arts presenter at the University of California, Berkeley. In this roll, she creates digital content and strategy to get people excited about watching and supporting the performing arts.
Formerly, Tiffany was the Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Virginia Commonwealth University for five years, and has been a lecturer of music at both Nazareth College and Syracuse University. Her varied teaching experiences in music theory, chamber music, applied music, professional development and marketing have served as a catalyst for examining the ways in which we can build connections between music and other disciplines. Tiffany has presented at the College Music Society International Conference (Belgium, 2019), the International Clarinet Association Conference (Orlando, 2017), the Single Reed Summit (Kirksville, 2018), and the Pedagogy of Theory Conference (Tennessee, 2017).
As a clarinetist and bass clarinetist, Tiffany has performed at the Sante Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Kennedy Center, as a soloist with the Richmond Symphony, and with the Rochester Philharmonic and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestras. A lover of chamber music and new music, she’s a frequent collaborator with the American Wild Ensemble, Alla Balena Ensemble, and many others.
Originally for Sarasota, FL and with an undergraduate degree from Florida State University, it was a large shift to brave the cold of upstate NY where she earned her DMA and MM from the Eastman School of Music. One of the most rewarding experiences of her life was moving across the Atlantic to study with Chen Halevi at the Trossingen Hochschule für Musik. Her primary teachers include Frank Kowalsky, Deborah Bish, Jon Manasse, Kenneth Grant and Chen Halevi. She also received incredible mentorship in music teaching and learning from Richard Grunow and Christopher Azzara. She is a D'Addario artist.
Whether it's through performing, teaching or putting content into the world through multiple digital platforms, she’s committed to energizing and empowering those listening. She loves pens, a good matcha, and beautiful ceramics.
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Co-directed by us, professional clarinetists Ixi Chen and Dr. Tiffany Valvo, the Digital Clarinet Academy has become the most trusted place to take your clarinet skills to the next level with world-class digital content and virtual training. Welcome to our virtual home!How we can help you