Hey there! We are Ixi and Tiffany!

 

We both love pens, matcha and big ideas. Most of all, we are totally fired up about helping musicians advance their artistry, career and wellness.

Ixi is a clarinetist in the Cincinnati Symphony and professor at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Tiffany is the assistant professor of clarinet at Virginia Commonwealth University.

We are performers, educators and coaches know that music school can't teach it all.

We love a good warm up, a good articulation exercise, or the 28-day scale reset (that you may have already devoured).

But we also believe that you are more than your technique. You're more than a clarinet player. Alongside Baermann, you've got to also focus on your wellness, your career, your productivity, and your other skills.

Our programs aim to help you find confidence in your playing while also thinking about your wellness, career and artistry.

Music360 + Digital Clarinet Academy

The Digital Clarinet Academy is owned by Music360, which is also co-directed by Ixi and Tiffany (and Ixi's husband Ted). When Ixi came up with the Digital Clarinet Academy name at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the name Digital Clarinet Academy really stuck! We mention this because  we never want you to get confused if you see Music360 in your inbox or on your stuff... it's us! 

You really wanted those long, detailed bios? Okay fine! 

IXI CHEN

 

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

 

A charismatic performer and teacher, Dr. Tiffany Valvo is currently the Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Virginia Commonwealth University. Tiffany has been a lecturer of music at both Nazareth College and Syracuse University, and has performed at the Sante Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Kennedy Center, as a soloist with the Richmond Symphony, and with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra. She has performed all over the US and in Belgium, England, Italy, and Germany, in addition to being a participant in the Brevard Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Eastern Music Festival, and the CCM Spoleto festival.

Fueled by teaching and learning, Tiffany has taught applied clarinet, methods courses, chamber music, aural skills and music theory. Her varied teaching experiences have served as a catalyst for examining the ways in which we can build connections between the applied studio and other disciplines in music, accessing the core of student musicianship. Tiffany has presented on this topic 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). While living in Germany in 2013-14, she held a position at Der Bläserjugend der Stadtmusik Bonndorf, teaching a private studio of students ages 8-16 in the German language and on the German system of clarinet. Previously, she held a position at the Eastman Community Music School in Rochester, NY and has taught applied lessons at the Eastman School of Music. 

One of the most pressing projects in her life right now is answering this question: what if we taught students (and everyone else) how to live empowered lives and redefined the skills that really matter? In Spring 2019, she taught the first semester of her proposed course "The Creative Habit" that teaches college students the "soft" skills they need to succeed in college and in life such as goal setting, mindfulness, coping with stress and dealing with the anxieties of every day life. Her blog explores how to develop these skills. 

Tiffany has become a sought after performer of contemporary repertoire, and she is passionate about performing and teaching this music. She serves as clarinetist and bass clarinetist of the Alla Balena Ensemble, dedicated to performing the music of Mexican composer Carlos Sánchez-Gutierrez and other music of our time. In 2012, she was chosen to participate in the Creative Dialogue workshop at the Sante Fe Music Festival where she was coached by Magnus Lindberg, Chen Halevi and Anssi Karttunen, and has performed chamber works by living composers at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. A graduate of the Arts Leadership Program at the Eastman School of Music, Tiffany extended her knowledge in contemporary music administration with an internship as Administrative Assistant with Ensemble Signal, one of the country's leading contemporary music ensembles. Tiffany continued work for the ensemble as an Artstic Administrator through 2018, administoring projects at Lincoln Center and CalArts. ‚Äč

Tiffany holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and Masters Degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelors Degree in Clarinet Performance from Florida State University. At Eastman, she served as the teaching assistant of both Jon Manasse and Kenneth Grant. In 2012, Tiffany won a private grant, took a year off of her doctoral studies and moved across the Atlantic to study at the Trossingen Hochschule für Musik, Germany with Israeli clarinetist Chen Halevi. Her other teachers include Frank Kowalsky and Deborah Bish.

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