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The SIU Carbondale Clarinet Choirs is a vibrant and happening place to be! The young artists in our studio are active in solo, chamber music, and large ensemble performance, composition, analysis, conducting, and teaching. Positive and personal attention to helping you develop your optimum musical potential is my priority. All of the clarinetists in the studio work together to help each other become the best clarinetist/musicians they can be. I invite you to join us, and discover the amazing diversity of our instrument’s possibilities for your own personal musical expression!

Our students come from all over the U.S. and abroad, and they bring with them diverse backgrounds from such schools as:

Eastman School of Music
Curtis Institute of Music
Cleveland Institute of Music
Interlochen Arts Academy
University of Texas-Austin
Michigan State University
DePaul University
University of Minnesota
SUNY Potsdam
Youngstown State University
University of Miami
Texas A & M University-Commerce
Iowa State University
University of North Florida
Central Michigan University
University of Nebraska-Omaha
Tunghai University – Taiwan

Some of the recent accomplishments of our current studio include:

Joel Auringer - Recipient of prestigious university-wide Master’s Fellowship. Joel has been accepted to the DMA program in Performance at the University of North Texas for fall, 2014.

Kristine Dizon - was awarded the J. William Fulbright Scholarship for advanced study and research at the Escola Superior de Musica Artes e Espectaculo with Antonio Saiote. 

Season Cowley – Finalist for current university-wide Master’s Fellowship

John McCowen – Composition, Clarinet Quartet #1 accepted for performance at the 2014 ClarinetFest® in Baton Rouge, LA; recipient of SIUC Undergraduate Research Assistantship to study traditional pedagogical applications of extended performance techniques

Recent SIU graduates hold positions in orchestras in the U.S. and Taiwan, have university and conservatory teaching positions, pursue extensive solo and chamber music performance careers, and have been accepted into major doctoral programs at such universities as Arizona State University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Florida State University, the University of Illinois, and Bowling Green State University.

Learn more about the diverse activities of SIU graduates Sean Osborn, Michael Norsworthy, and Boja Kragulj.

We have hosted a wide array of amazing guest artists for recitals, lectures, and master classes. Recent guest artists include:

Scott Anderson – Clarinet Professor, St. Olaf University, former Principal Clarinetist of Honolulu Symphony

Jane Carl – Clarinet Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City

James Falzone – renowned jazz clarinetist/improviser, faculty at Columbia College, Chicago

David Gresham – Clarinet Professor, Illinois State University

Julia Heinen – Clarinet Professor, California State University, Northridge

Francois Houle – Clarinetist/composer/improviser, faculty at Vancouver Community College

Teresa Reilly – Chicago area freelancer, chamber music specialist, faculty at New Music School

Daniel Silver – Clarinet Professor, University of Colorado-Boulder

William O. Smith – Clarinetist/composer, leading pioneer in extended performance techniques  

Robert Spring – Clarinet Professor, Arizona State University

Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr – Clarinet Professor Emerita, Michigan State University

Nathan Williams – Clarinet Professor, University of Texas-Austin

John Bruce Yeh – Associate Principal Clarinetist, Chicago Symphony