Formed out of friendship, the Amicitia Duo brings music for the clarinet to a wide variety of audiences featuring clarinetists Diane Barger and Denise Gainey. Amicitia is the Latin word for friendship and is pronounced “ah-mee-KEE-tee-ah”. With a friendship that spans over thirty years, Barger and Gainey combine their love of music and teaching to delight audiences around the world.
Diane Barger is Professor of Clarinet at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she received the 2013 Annis Chaikin Sorensen Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Humanities and the 2001 College Distinguished Teaching Award. She is an internationally acclaimed soloist and chamber musician, master class clinician and adjudicator, member of UNL’s Moran Quintet, principal clarinet of Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, Artist/Clinician for Buffet Crampon and D’Addario Woodwinds, and a Silverstein PRO-Team Artist for Silverstein Works. Barger is featured on her solo compact disc BlingBling, the chamber trio disc Conversations with Friends: Music by Hurlstone and Douglas with the Trio 402, and as Editor of 13 editions of Bellini operatic fantasies on the Potenza Music label; she can also be heard with the Moran Quintet on the Crystal Records label. Actively involved in the International Clarinet Association for over 30 years, Barger currently serves as Pedagogy Chair and Nebraska State Chair and held the positions of Artistic Director for the 2012 ClarinetFest®, Treasurer (2004-2010), and Coordinator of the High School Solo Competition (2001-2005). Barger’s primary teachers include Robert Marcellus and Frank Kowalsky.
Denise Gainey is Professor of Clarinet and Instrumental Music Education, Associate Chair of the Department of Music, and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is a Backun Artist/ Clinician, a D’Addario Woodwinds Artist, a Silverstein PRO-Team Artist for Silverstein Works, and serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for the International Clarinet Association. Gainey is an active clinician and performer throughout the United States and abroad. Gainey has compiled and edited a collection of clarinet solos, Solos for Clarinet, published by Carl Fischer in 2001, and Carl Fischer will release her book on master teacher Kalmen Opperman, Kalmen Opperman: A Legacy of Excellence, in 2017. She received the Bachelor of Music Education from the Florida State University, the Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of North Texas, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Clarinet from the University of Kentucky. Gainey’s major teachers include Kalmen Opperman, James Gillespie, Frank Kowalsky, and Fred Ormand.