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Instruments: Clarinet
Styles: Classical

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Carmen I In Home In Studio
Instruments: Clarinet
Styles: Classical

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Ages Taught: 10-70
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MM, University of Southern California, Clarinet Performance BM, DePaul University, Clarinet Performance

Awards:

2014-Solo Recital at Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra

2010-University of Southern California Thornton School of Music Woodwind Award

2010-University of Southern California Thornton School of Music Woodwind Chamber Music Award

2009-University of Southern California Thornton School of Music Contemporary Music Award

 2008-International Clarinet Association Orchestral Competition-First Place

Overview:

Recently returned from Japan, I served as Co-Principal Clarinetist of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra since 2011. With 3 nationwide tours, I performed all over Japan, appearing regularly on the nationally televised program "Daimei no Nai Ongakukai" televised nationally. In 2010 I earned my Master of Music degree at the University of Southern California, studying with master teacher Yehuda Gilad. Orginally from Orland Park, I studied with my childhood idols in the Chicago Symphony. First with Larry Combs (former Principal Clarinet 1975-2007) at DePaul University (BM 2007). Later, I was accepted into the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony. There I had the chance to work closely with John Bruce Yeh (Assistant Principal Clarinet 1979-present) and a variety of conductors who worked with the Chicago Symphony.  

EXPERIENCE

I always held passionate teaching as the key to passionate artists. My teaching career began early, while I was still a university student, teaching privately. Later I was the Clarinet instructor at Carl Sandburg High School and A.A. Stagg High school. In Los Angeles I was again a private instructor, but also a faculty member at the Beverly Hills Conservatory of Music. The variety of students and locations provided valuable lessons in tailoring my teaching to the needs of student.  While living in Japan I had the opportunity to present masterclasses in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, teaching using only Japanese language. This experience taught me the value of words, and also the importance of ensuring that students are able to comprehend all discussed material. Last year, I was invited to teach a masterclass in Seoul, Korea, working with Choongheon Lee, Principal Clarinet of the CheongJu City Symphony. Throughout my teaching career, I have had students succeed in All-District Band, All-District Orchestra, All-State Honors Band, and some to continue as Clarinet Performance Majors.

METHODS USED

Beginning or advanced, all students require constant attention and care to their fundamentals. Scales, long tones, and articulation excercises should be addressed at every lesson, allowing a simple and clear opportunity to discuss these issues.  Simultaneously, from the very beginning students should be given the chance to make music. No music, no excitement! It is important to maintain good communication with students about their hopes and desires for their art. At the same time, I find that providing opportunities (recitals, competitions, all-state band) are key to keep inspiration high. Knowledge is power!  

LESSON STYLE

Inspiration. Without inspiration there is no possibility for excitement. A balance between a push towards goals and a freedom to try new things keeps students engaged. I also like to expose my students to all possibilities for music. Recordings, live performances, or even sharing my own repertoire with students opens their eyes to new possibilities.

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