Truman offers clarinet students a wide range of performing experiences in our instrumental ensembles, which include a clarinet choir, woodwind quintets, clarinet quartets and the annual Gold Medal Concerto Competition.
You’ll attend clarinet studio class once a week, with opportunities to perform solos, orchestral excerpts, etudes, and chamber music at least twice a semester. The class includes presentations on a variety of topics, such as clarinet performers, literature, and the history and development of the clarinet. We also discuss reed preparation, rehearse clarinet choir music, and hold mock juries.
A Lively Community of Learners
Recent clarinet student accomplishments include receiving a Fulbright Grant to teach in Spain, attending the Tanglewood, Brevard, and Aspen summer music festivals, winning Truman’s Gold Medal Concerto Competition and Missouri Music Teachers Association Competition, presenting at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, being appointed to Adjunct Clarinet Professorships, and receiving graduate acceptance into some of the most prestigious music programs in the country.
Each year, Truman students work with guest clarinetists representing some of the most accomplished performers and teachers in the nation. They perform recitals, offer master classes, and discuss and share of musical ideas. Recent guests include:
- Raymond Santos, Principal Clarinetist of the Kansas City Symphony
- Dr. Diane Barger, Professor of Clarinet at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Diana Haskell, Associate Principal Clarinetist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
- Tzuying Huang, Bass Clarinetist of the Kansas City Symphony
- Dr. Elizabeth Crawford, Professor of Clarinet at Ball State University
To learn more about studying clarinet at Truman, contact Dr. Jesse Krebs.
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October 2, 2017
Dr. Jesse Krebs, Associate Professor of Music, recently performed “Ten Thousand Birds” by Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Luther Adams with the critically acclaimed new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound at the Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis on Sept. 25. He played from memory the songs of a red-winged blackbird, mourning dove, green frog […]
May 8, 2017
The Truman Clarinet Choir will perform at the 49th Annual Summer Convention of the Missouri Bandmasters Association, June 19, 2017 at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Mo. The ensemble is currently made up of 21 clarinet students and two guest percussionists. The concert, titled, “Music From Around the World,” includes Masanori Taruya’s “A Picture […]