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2020 Clarinet Fiesta Guest Artists


Mitchell Estrin is Professor of Clarinet at the University of Florida and Music Director and Conductor of the University of Florida Clarinet Ensemble. He also serves as the Artistic Director of the annual Vandoren Clarinet Ensemble Festival and was a founder of the Buffet Crampon USA Summer Clarinet Academy.

Mitchell Estrin studied clarinet with Stanley Drucker at The Juilliard School where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and was a Naumburg Scholar. He has a 30-year association with the New York Philharmonic, where he has performed in more than 2,000 concerts as principal, second, and E-flat clarinetist under such distinguished conductors as Alan Gilbert, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Bernstein, Pierre Boulez, Erich Leinsdorf, Sir Georg Solti, Claudio Abbado, Klaus Tennstedt, Andre Previn, and Leonard Slatkin. He accompanied the orchestra on 19 international tours, made dozens of recordings with the orchestra, and on numerous occasions performed with the Philharmonic on the PBS award-winning series, Live From Lincoln Center. 


Guest Clarinet Choir

Tarleton Clarinet Choir

Tarleton Clarinet Choir was established in 2016 and is a primary ensemble of the Tarleton clarinet studio. The Tarleton Clarinet Choir is under the direction of Dr. Dmitry Perevertailenko. The group has performed at the various clarinet college festivals, such as Tarleton Single Reed Day in 2017, Baylor Clarinet Festival in 2018, and Sam Houston Clarinet Extravaganza in 2019. In October 2019, Tarleton Clarinet Choir did a recruiting tour presenting performances at the Valley Mills, Weatherford, Eastland, and China Springs high schools. The group also regularly performs as a part of the Tarleton Chamber Ensembles Concert.

The program will include Nimrod from Enigma Variations by E. Elgar, Prelude & Allegro by A. Frackenpohl, Adagio by H. Baermann, and Two Songs Without Words, Op. 22 by G. Holst.


Dmitry Perevertailenko is an Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the Tarleton State University Fine Arts Department. He has performed throughout the United States and Eastern Europe. His performance experience include ClarinetFest® 2014 at Baton Rouge as well as Copland Clarinet Concerto with the Kharkiv Municipal Orchestra (Ukraine) and the North Texas Symphony Orchestra. From 2004 to 2007, he was principal clarinetist with the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Perevertailenko has won multiple competitions including the International Competition for the 50th Anniversary of Israel (1999) and the North Texas Concerto Competition (2006).

Prior to his position at TSU, Dr. Perevertailenko was an Adjunct Professor of Clarinet position at the Sam Houston State University. He also held a Development Associate position with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (2008-2009).

Dmitry has obtained his B.M. from the Moscow State Conservatoire (Russia), M.M. from the Sam Houston State University, and D.M.A. in clarinet performance from the University of North Texas.

Clarinet Fiesta 2020 Hosts


Dr. Vanguel Tangarov performs as principal clarinet for the Austin Opera, Mid-Texas Symphony and Victoria Symphony orchestras. Tangarov is an Associate Professor of Clarinet at Texas State University and an active teacher and clinician in Leander and Round Rock Independent School Districts. He is also artistic director of the Musicartissimo International Master Class Series USA. 

Tangarov previously served as principal clarinet at the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Bulgaria; Accademia Chigiana Symphony Orchestra, Italy; Jeunesses Musicales World Symphony Orchestra, Germany; and Monterrey Symphony Orchestra (OSUANL) in Mexico. He has appeared as a soloist with the Mid-Texas Symphony and Southeastern Symphony in USA; Plovdiv Philharmonic, Rouse Philharmonic, Varna Philharmonic and Sofia Philharmonic orchestras in Bulgaria; Constanta Philharmonic in Romania; and Monterey Symphony (OSUANL) and Monterrey Chamber Orchestra in Mexico, performing music by Mozart, Weber, Copland, Francaix, Cimarosa, Giampieri, Bernstein and Pipkov. 

Vanguel Tangarov has performed in more than 20 countries on 4 continents, winning positive critical acclaim. Equally popular as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, he has performed in important venues worldwide such as Berliner Filharmoniker Hall (Berlin), Gewandhaus (Leipzig), Schauspielhaus (Berlin), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Oslo Konserthaus (Norway), Boston Symphony Hall (USA), Cadogan Hall (UK), Symphony Hall Birmingham (UK), Bulgaria Hall (Sofia) and Zaragoza Hall (Spain), to name a few.



Presently principal clarinetist with the Austin Symphony, Stephen Girko was appointed as principal clarinetist with the San Antonio Symphony for the 1999-2000 season. Prior to that, he was the principal clarinetist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 1975 through 1998. He made his debut appearance with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra by performing the Clarinet Concerto of Aaron Copland, with the composer conducting. Since then Mr. Girko has appeared as soloist performing the concertos of Mozart, Nielsen, & Weber, as well as the Introduction, Theme & Variations of Rossini & the Premiere Rhapsodie of Debussy.

Mr. Girko is presently on the faculty of San Antonio College, Our Lady of the Lake University, The University Of The Incarnate Word and Saint Mary’s University as well as teaching clarinet in the San Antonio public schools.

Mr. Girko, a skilled cook, owns and operates a small catering company called “Eat My Pizza!” Steve takes to his client’s home the ingredients with which to make New York style pizzas as well as an incredibly delicious salad. After the guests have observed his culinary skills and have filled themselves with the fruits of his labor, he will then entertain them by performing both classical and popular music on his clarinet.