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.
Truman is really the land of opportunity. If there is a project or idea that you want to pursue, all you have to do is reach out to students and faculty and the idea can become reality. I was able to collaborate on a variety of ventures from research projects, to starting new organizations, to finding internships, and even planned some travel experiences. Your imagination is the limit here!
November 2, 2017
This past weekend, October 28-29, 2017 eight students represented Truman at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Regional Auditions held at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Il. Participants were Cady Thomas, Marissa Elliott, Emily Heyl, Brienna Long, Allison Holloway, Noah Rogers, and Rachel Buttram. Six students made semi-finals, and three won honors. Allison Holloway […]
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 […]