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Stephen Williamson 
Chicago Symphony Orchestra 

Stephen Williamson is the principal clarinetist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Riccardo Muti. Mr. Williamson recently was the principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic (2013-14 season) under Alan Gilbert as well as principal clarinetist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (2003-11) under James Levine. In addition, he has been a frequent guest principal clarinetist with the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra in Japan under Seiji Ozawa. Mr. Williamson is currently on the faculty of DePaul University in Chicago, IL. He has served on the clarinet faculty at Columbia University and the Mannes College of Music in New York City, as well as at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. He has recorded for the Sony Classics, Telarc, CRI, BMG, Naxos and Decca labels and can be heard on numerous film soundtracks. Most recently, Mr. Williamson was a featured soloist with the CSO under the baton of John Williams, recording his Oscar-nominated score for Steven Spielberg's film, "Lincoln.” An avid soloist and chamber musician, Mr. Williamson has performed extensively in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has collaborated with such artists as: Yo-Yo Ma, Jeffrey Kahane, Anne Marie McDermott, Emanuel Ax, Meliora Winds, Aspen, Dorian and Sylvan Wind Quintets; Brentano, American, Jasper and Dover String Quartets. Most recent concerto performances include the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with both the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Japan (2011) and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in Carnegie Hall under conductor Fabio Luisi (2012). He received his Bachelor’s degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and his Master’s degree from the Juilliard School. As a Fulbright Scholar, he furthered his studies at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, where he collaborated with various members of the Berlin Philharmonic. His past teachers include Peter Rieckhoff, Charles Neidich, Kenneth Grant and Michael Webster. Mr. Williamson was the grand prize winner of the 1994 Boosey & Hawkes/Buffet Crampon First Annual North American Clarinet Competition. Other past awards include the Concert Artists Guild Competition as well as the Coleman International Chamber Music Competition. A long-time Selmer-Paris and Vandoren Artist, Mr. Williamson currently plays Selmer Signature clarinets and uses Vandoren traditional reeds with a James Pyne JX/BC mouthpiece. He resides in Wilmette, IL with his wife Jill, sons Ryan, Connor, Matthew and their dog Lila. 



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Urban Claesson 
Gothenburg Symphony 

Urban Claesson, principal clarinet of the Gothenburg Symphony. The outstanding Swedish virtuoso, Mr. Claesson has been hailed for his recent performances of the Corigliano Concerto and, while in London, performed the Mozart Quintet with the renowned Amadeus Quartet. He is Professor at Gothenburg College and is much sought after as a soloist and chamber musician. His teachers have been Sten Petterssen in Sweden and Anthony Pay at the National Centre for Orchestral Studies in London. Mr. Claesson performs on a handcrafted Pyne/Clarion BC Model Signature mouthpiece and Buffet clarinets 

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Kenneth John Grant 
Rochester Philharmonic 

Eastman School of Music 

Kenneth John Grant is principal clarinet of the Rochester Philharmonic and artist faculty at the Eastman School of Music.  He is an active soloist and chamber musician as well.  His teachers have been Stanley Hasty, James Pyne, Franklin Cohen, and Theodore Johnson and he holds the BM and Performer's Certificate form the Eastman School. Mr. Grant has served as principal clarinet of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra (1973-87), and Rochester Philharmonic (1987- present). As Soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic and Columbus Symphony he has performed several premieres including the Clarinet Concerto by Sydney Hodkinson (world premiere), and Benjamin Britten's Concerto Movement for Clarinet and Orchestra (United States premiere), both with the Rochester Philharmonic. Chamber music premieres include Verne Reynolds' Sonata for Clarinet and Piano and Fantasy Etudes for Clarinet, Percussion, and Piano. He was soloist for the Eastman Wind Ensemble Japan Tour (1994). He has been a soloist in the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium (June 1996), ICA ClarinetFest 1998 at Ohio State University, ICA ClarinetFest in New Orleans (2001), the International Festival at Round Top (2004, 2005), Aria International Summer Academy at Ball State University (2004, 2005) and has been a Faculty member, Eastman Summer Seminars in Hamamatsu, Japan. He also served as a Faculty member at Capital University (1978-87), Ohio Wesleyan University (1986-87) and since 1987, the Eastman School of Music.  Ken performs on Buffet R-13 clarinets, a Pyne model Pk mouthpiece, Olivieri or Vandoren V12 reeds and a Bay or Peterson-Pyne hand woven ligature.
 

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William Amsel

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
 

William Amsel joined the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra as second and e-flat clarinet in 2012. Previously, he held the position of principal clarinet with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, and has also performed as guest principal with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Oregon Symphony. In addition to his position in Rochester, he was recently appointed to the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, where he plays during the summer. As a chamber musician, Amsel has performed at the Marlboro Music Festival, Society for Chamber Music in Rochester, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Sarasota Music Festival, and with the Borromeo String Quartet. He spent two summers as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, where he was awarded the Gino B. Cioffi Memorial Prize, and also participated in the Pacific Music Festival (Japan), Aspen Music Festival, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. A native of Austin, Texas, Amsel is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Thomas Martin. He received a master’s degree at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he studied with Ricardo Morales. Will has played Pyne Signature mouthpieces since his student days in Texas. 


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Andrew Brown

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
 

Andrew Brown is one of the few contemporary professional clarinetists who is a truly stunning performer both on the soprano clarinets and the bass clarinet! His abilities serve him well in his position as bass clarinetist and clarinetist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally Mr. Brown maintains a large studio as a faculty member at the Eastman School of Music’s Community Music School. His past performances have included the Toronto Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Oregon Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestras. A prolific and much sought after chamber musician, Mr. Brown has performed to critical acclaim in venues such as Carnegie Zankel Hall, the Frick Gallery in New York City, and Mexico’s Cervantes Festival. As a member of the Eastman Broadband Ensemble, he has toured both Europe and Mexico and participated in two recording projects, one of which was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist. Andrew earned his Bachelor of Music degree (Summa Cum Laude) at The Ohio State University and the Master of Music Degree in Literature and Performance from the Eastman School of Music. He spent four summers at the Aspen Music Festival and served as a Fellow working with Joaquin Valdepeñas and Theodore Oien. His principal teachers have been Kenneth Grant, James Pyne, and Robert Lehner. Mr. Brown has played Pyne mouthpieces exclusively on both clarinet and bass clarinet for many years. 

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Donald Nathan
Worthington Schools
Director of Bands & Woodwind Specialist
Freelance Artist, Columbus, OH

Donald Nathan, educational consultant and webmaster for Pyne Clarion, has been the Director of Bands at Worthington Kilbourne High School since 2006. Under his direction the Worthington Kilbourne Wind Ensemble has performed at Carnegie Hall in 2008 and 2012, and at the 2011 and 2017 OMEA professional development conferences. He has instituted an active commissioning program which includes works from John Mackey and Roger Cichy among others. In addition to his duties as Director of Bands, Don has a private clarinet studio and works as the woodwind specialist at the middle and high schools. Don maintains an active schedule as a clarinetist, formerly holding the principal chair in the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He is the founder and director of the Central Ohio Honors Clarinet Choir and the Orchestra Director and frequent soloist at Grace Polaris Church. In 2008, Don was honored with the "Johnstone Woodwind Master Teacher Award” as the Ohio woodwind teacher of the year. Previously, he was the Director of Bands at Reynoldsburg High School in Ohio and South Salem High School in Salem, Oregon. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music from The Ohio State University where his principal teachers were Donald McGinnis and Craig Kirchhoff. He performs on Buffet R13 clarinets with a Pyne Williamson mouthpiece and a Pyne Pro Series barrel.


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Theodore Oien
Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Theodore Oien, principal clarinetist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, is a sought-after chamber musician and a concerto soloist who has performed the concertos of Mozart, Weber, Molter, Debussy, Lutoslawski, Martin, Strauss, Finzi, and Copland, the last with the composer conducting. In the summers of 1994 and 1998 Mr. Oien was a featured recitalist at the International Clarinet Association's "ClarinetFest", a global conference of more than 600 clarinetists. Recent appearances have been as soloist at Meadow Brook with the Detroit Symphony, in Winnipeg with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, in Topeka with the Sunflower Music Festival and in Montevideo with the National Symphony Orchestra of Uruguay. In November 1999, he will be performing in a prestigious concert at Lincoln Center featuring principal players of leading orchestras of fifty nations in honor of the Twentieth Anniversary of Symphonicum Europae. A former student of Richard Waller and Robert Marcellus, Mr. Oien holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati. He has recently presented master classes in Michigan, Louisiana and Ontario, Canada, and is a long-standing faculty member of Wayne State University and the Aspen Music Festival. Mr. Oien performs on Buffet R13 clarinets, a Pyne ~M mouthpiece and handmade reeds. 

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Charles West
Virginia Commonwealth University

Charles West is an orchestral, chamber and solo clarinetist, performing recitals or concertos throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia.  He appears regularly in international venues as clarinetist and conductor, and he has recorded repertoire which ranges from the most standard of sonatas to the most avant-garde. He is heard on labels including Klavier, Wilson Audiophile, Centaur, CRI, Crystal, and on a 1993 Grammy Award-winning Telarc CD. West holds the Doctorate and three other university degrees, has been a Fulbright Scholar, and he has been President of the International Clarinet Association. His career has included nearly thirty years as Principal Clarinetist in six different professional orchestras and opera companies, and he has held teaching positions in three North American universities, with guest professorships in South America, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the People's Republic of China and Australia.  West has been Conductor of Orchestras and opera conductor at Virginia Commonwealth University, and has served as conductor or adjudicator of bands and orchestras throughout the U.S. During his seven-year tenure as Conductor of the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra, the orchestra became recognized regionally for the standard of excellence that it set.  He is presently Professor of Music and Coordinator of Winds & Percussion at VCU, conductor of the Youth Orchestra of Charlottesville-Albemarle, and artist-clinician for the Buffet Crampon Corporation. Playing Buffet Tosca, Festival and R-13 clarinets, most of West's recorded and public performances are on the Pyne M and JxBc mouthpieces, with 66 millimeter Pyne 1+ barrels and his own handmade reeds. Dr. West’s book, “The Woodwind Player’s Cookbook: Creative Recipes for a Successful Performance,” was published in 2008 by Meredith Music Publications, and in 2011, he received the VCUArts Faculty Award of Excellence. 

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Robert Spring
Arizona State University

Robert Spring's astonishing virtuosity and superb musicianship have sparked tremendous praise from the clarinet community.  It is a joy to experience his outstanding CD performances of works for clarinet by Joan Tower (the first recording of these works), Dragon's Tongue, a CD of virtuoso music for clarinet and wind band and a new recording, Tarentelle, a recording of violin music (played on clarinet) that Heifetz recorded. A wizard at special techniques like ultra-fast multiple articulation and circular breathing, Dr. Spring has published numerous articles on these and other contemporary procedures.  He holds the DMA degree from the University of Michigan and his teachers have been John Mohler, Paul Shaller and David Shifrin.  As professor of clarinet at Arizona State University, Dr. Spring hosted the highly successful 1995 ICA Clarinetfest and (apart from a few reed slivers in the tongue) made it all seem easy.  Bob performs on Buffet clarinets, Greenline in Bb and RC in A, Pyne Pk mouthpiece/#4+ barrel combination with handmade reeds. 

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Russell Dagon
Milwaukee Symphony

Northwestern University
 

Russell Dagon maintained a dual career as an orchestral musician and teacher of the clarinet from 1966 through 1999. He accepted a full time appointment as Professor of Clarinet at the Northwestern University School of Music beginning in the fall of 1999. Dagon retired from Northwestern in 2005 and is now an Emeritus Professor of Music from that institution. Mr. Dagon had been a part time faculty member at Northwestern since 1981 and prior to that, served on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin campuses at Oshkosh, Milwaukee, Waukesha and Madison. Additional faculty positions were held at Carroll College, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, the State University of New York College at Fredonia and at Bemidji State College in Minnesota. Mr. Dagon is extremely proud of the accomplishments of his students who are filling orchestral, university, public school and other music related positions around the world. His summers have been spent in coaching the clarinet and wind sections of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada along with various other festivals. Mr. Dagon was the Principal Clarinetist of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra from 1969 through the 1998-99 season. He was a soloist with that organization on numerous occasions and has been heard on the orchestras syndicated radio broadcasts throughout North America, Great Britain and on The Voice of America. In addition, he has been the Principal Clarinetist on all of the Milwaukee Symphony recordings for the Koss Classics, Nonesuch and Telarc labels during his tenure with the orchestra. Prior to his appointment with Milwaukee Mr. Dagon was, from 1966-69, the Second and E-flat Clarinetist of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Russell Dagon received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Northwestern University in 1961 and the Master of Music from that same institution in 1962. He did additional graduate work at the Eastman School of Music. His primary clarinet teachers were Stanley Hasty, Cloyde Williams and Jerome Stowell. Dagon remains active as a teacher, clinician and chamber music performer and has been an Artist/Clinician representative for Buffet/Crampon Clarinets since 1992. He has had the privilege of presenting solo recitals and/or workshops for the International Clarinet Association Conferences at Atlanta, The Ohio State University, Florida State University and the Oberlin Conservatory. In addition to the above he has presented recitals and master classes at numerous other campuses, festivals and workshops throughout North America. Russell Dagon was a founding member of the Wisconsin Chamber Players, the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra and the Trio Suoni. For many summers, he directed the Chamber Music Festival at Birch Creek Farm in Door County, Wisconsin. Russell Dagon's commitment to chamber music has continued through his participation with musicians from around the world, in the National Youth Orchestra of Canada's Chamber Music Series, at Northwestern University as a faculty performer, on Chicago radio station WFMT's live broadcasts, and at many other venues. Mr. Dagon performs on Buffet R13 clarinets, and a Pyne model Ck mouthpiece. Russell's favorite pre-concert dish is Bohemian pork and sauerkraut prepared par excellence by his wife Sandy who just happens to be an excellent clarinetist as well. 


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Larry Passin 
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
 

Larry Passin, Principal Clarinet of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, began his career as Principal Clarinet of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic at age 22, having just won the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition as a student of both Franklin Cohen and Ted Johnson.  In 1996 he joined the Aspen Music Festival as a faculty member and performer serving as Principal Clarinet in the Aspen Chamber Symphony and Festival Orchestra.  A frequent soloist, both in Spain and the United States, Larry has met with critical acclaim performing the Clarinet Concertos by Mozart, Weber, Copland and Neilsen.  His world premiere of the Concerto by Jesus Rodriguez-Pico is available on compact disc.  Mr. Passin performs on Buffet R-13 clarinets, a Pyne model  ~M mouthpiece, a Pyne model 4+ barrel and Vandoren reeds.  As a musical ambassador for American culture in Spain he traditionally hosts a homemade Thanksgiving feast that is much appreciated by his Spanish amigos. 


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Howard Klug
Indiana University
 

Howard Klug has been a chamber musician, soloist and clinician throughout the United States, Great Britain, Belgium, Portugal, Austria, Venezuela, China and Israel. A former member of the U.S. Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., where he soloed on flute, clarinet and saxophone, Mr. Klug has also been principal clarinet of the Fresno Philharmonic, Bear Valley Festival Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra.  He has also been a member of the Columbus (OH) Symphony Orchestra and the Grant Park Symphony.  Chamber music affiliations have included the Illinois Trio, the Illinois Woodwind Quintet, the Chicago Ensemble, Trio Indiana and fourte'. Mr. Klug's recent concerto performances have included appearances with the Belgian Radio Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and a tour of Belgium with the Kamerorkest of the Staatsacademie of Vilnius.  Some of his recent pedagogical activities, in addition to annual master classes at many of the world's finest music academies, have been as the artistic director of the Belgian Clarinet Academy, a Fulbright scholar in Iceland, a clinician at the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic and the creator of the publishing company "Woodwindiana", dedicated to new literature for young clarinetists.  Howard Klug is Professor of Clarinet at Indiana University, Bloomington. He performs on Rossi American bore clarinets with a Pyne model Bc Signature mouthpiece and a Pyne Handwoven String Ligature. On Bass Clarinet, a Pyne model P Signature mouthpiece. 


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Kathleen Gardiner Mulcahy
Freelance Artist 

Washington, DC
 

Kathleen Gardiner Mulcahy is a freelance artist in the Washington, DC area appearing regularly with the National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and Washington Concert Opera. She is principal clarinetist of the Roanoke Symphony and Virginia Chamber Orchestras and performs with Chicago's Grant Park Orchestra in the summer. Previously Ms. Mulcahy spent five years as the second and Eb clarinetist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and was instructor of clarinet at the State University of New York at Fredonia.  As a chamber musician, Ms. Mulcahy appears with the Fessenden Ensemble and Contemporary Music Forum in Washington, DC and is frequently heard in recital throughout the region. Ms. Mulcahy holds the DMA and BM degrees from The Ohio State University and the MM degree from the Eastman School of Music.  Her teachers have included:  James Pyne, Kenneth Grant, and Peter Hadcock.  Kathleen performs on a Pyne Signature Nsk mouthpiece with a Pyne 1+ barrel, and a Pyne P+ Eb clarinet mouthpiece. 


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James Campbell
Indiana University

James Campbell's journeys as Canada's most honored and distinguished clarinetist have taken him to the world's major concert halls throughout North and South America, across Britain and Europe, Australia, Japan and China. Campbell has followed his muse to five television specials, more than 30 recordings, a Juno Award (Stolen Gems), a Roy Thomson Hall Award, the 1989  Canada's Artist of the Year and the Order of Canada (1997).  He has collaborated with many of the world's great musicians including the late Glenn Gould, performances with Elly Ameling, Janos Starker, Aaron Copland, and has been guest soloist with over fifty orchestras. Of Cambell's discography, many recordings have won international acclaim, including the Weber Clarinet Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Mozart and Copland Concertos with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. He has also recently recorded the world premiere of Brahms Sonata Op. 120 No. 1,  orchestrated by Luciano Berio, with the London Symphony Orchestra on Cala Records; and the Brahms Clarinet Sonatas for Marquis Records. During the 1998-99 season, Campbell will record the Jenner Trio and the Finzi Concerto with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, for CBC Records. As Artistic Director of Festival of the Sound, Mr. Campbell celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a special program "Music from the Sound" during the months of July and August 1999.  He also performed at Festivals in Holland and Japan during the summer of 1999. Since 1989, James Campbell makes Bloomington Indiana his base during the academic year as Professor of Music at the prestigious Music School of Indiana University. He performs on Selmer Recital clarinets with a Pyne Pk Signature mouthpiece.




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Jane Ellsworth
Eastern Washington University

Jane Ellsworth is Professor of Music at Eastern Washington University, where she teaches music history. She is also bass clarinetist with the Spokane Symphony. She earned both a PhD in musicology (2004) and a DMA in clarinet (1991) from The Ohio State University, and holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in clarinet from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her main teachers have been James Pyne and Franklin Cohen. Ellsworth has performed and lectured throughout the United States and in Europe, South America and Asia, on both modern and historical clarinets. Also active as a writer, Ellsworth is the author of A Dictionary for the Modern Clarinetist (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), and is currently working on two other book projects: an edited collection of essays on the clarinet (forthcoming from the University of Rochester Press), and a history of the clarinet in 18th- and 19th-century America. Her articles can be read in The Clarinet; Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society; Geschichte, Bauweise, und Repertoire der Klarinetteninstrumente; Proceedings of the Clarinet and Woodwind Colloquium 2007: Celebrating the Collection of Sir Nicholas Shackleton; and elsewhere. Ellsworth plays on a large bore clarinet made by Luis Rossi, a Pyne “Williamson” mouthpiece, and Leuthner reeds.



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Magie Smith 
Eastern Illinois University


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 is the Associate Professor of Clarinet at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois, where she has taught applied clarinet, general education courses, and directed the Community Music Program for eleven years.  She is an active soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the United States. She earned Master's and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in clarinet from The Ohio State University. While at Ohio State, Dr. Smith was the recipient of the prestigious University Fellowship, served as the graduate teaching associate for the clarinet studio, and held responsibilities in the music education department. Her principal teachers include James Pyne, Tod Kerstetter, John Carmichael, and Lee Levine. Dr. Smith has been recorded on the Naxos label and has performed with numerous orchestras in the United States. These include the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, the Springfield (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, the Bowling Green Chamber Orchestra, the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Symphony Orchestra, and serves as the Second Clarinetist of the Danville Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2011, she was selected to play principal clarinet with the Franco-American Vocal Academy chamber orchestra in a production of Jacques Offenbach’s La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein, in Périgueux, France and surrounding villages throughout Aquitaine. She and colleague Rebecca Johnson have been performing together for 9 years. In 2012, they were chosen to present their research project, “Flute and Clarinet Music for Young Musicians,” at the 2012 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois. Over the summer of 2014, Dr. Smith traveled to Quito, Ecuador as a guest artist and lecturer for the XXIV Convención Internacional de Flautistas en el Centro del Mundo.  She has served as clarinet faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp and at the CICA International Summer Music Festival.

Dr. Smith is a dedicated pedagogue and educator who takes personal pride and interest in each of her students. She holds a high standard of excellence in her studio and thrives on helping her students set and reach goals. Her former students have become successful music educators and performers across the country. Magie performs on a Signature M~BE with the new Pyne U "Ultra" barrels.