clarinet professor instructs student in his studio
Richard Hawkins guides Dustin Lin, a third-year clarinet performance major from Nashville, Tennessee, during a private lesson. Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97
Program Type:
  • Major
  • Bachelor of Music (BM)

Our clarinet program offers a collaborative studio environment for weekly lessons, master classes of solo, chamber, and orchestral excerpt study, and reed making with clarinet reed room access. Students will work closely with master teacher, Richard Hawkins, whose nearly 30-year career has resulted in some of the most notable performers and teachers in the field of clarinet today.

Division Director

Michael Rosen

Ruth Strickland Gardner Professor of Percussion
Division Affiliation

Richard Hawkins

Professor of Clarinet 440-775-8234

Why Study Clarinet at Oberlin?

large ensembles with clarinet
illustration of an orange colored musical note
single reed work room
individual practice rooms
man playing clarinet as student observes
Former student Anthony McGill, now principal clarinet with the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, works with a clarinet student during a master class.
Photo credit: Carina Wu

Master Classes

Weekly master classes for the clarinet studio involve mock orchestral auditions, fundamental enforcement, chamber music performances, solo recital performances, guest master classes and many other types of performance opportunities. We encourage students to support their colleagues with positive and constructive feedback. It is a learning environment open to making mistakes without consequence in larger public performances. 

Members of Oberlin Sinfonietta rise after the end of their performance. Photo credit: Dale Preston ’83

Time to Play

We place first-year students among returning students equally and fairly within the sections of all ensembles. We work with and nurture students in a collaborative studio environment to inspire personal growth and development. We offer orchestra, chamber music, jazz, and contemporary music for the clarinet, which encourages versatility and provides immense breadth of experience.

Sample Courses

  • APST 800 - Chamber Music 2 credits
  • APST 802 - Orchestral Repertoire for Woodwinds 2 credits
  • APST 805 - Contemporary Chamber Music 2 credits
  • PVST 010 - Principal Private Clarinet 6/8 credits

Clarinet Faculty

Conservatory faculty maintain active performance schedules while remaining accessible and committed to their students. Individual instruction is paramount to helping students develop their mechanical, technical, stylistic, psychological, and musical skills.

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“Preparing students for today’s music field is ever-changing. Oberlin provides an atmosphere of growth and preparation for my undergraduate students to expand their musical knowledge. It is my aim to present traditional and modern teaching methods to prepare each individual to find their career path while promoting a healthy and happy environment to work with their peers.”

Richard Hawkins, Professor of Clarinet
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Clarinet News

A Musical Dream Comes True

April 13, 2015
Clarinetist Boris Allakhverdyan ’06 rises quickly to a principal role with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

Life After Oberlin

Clarinet and Double Degree Program graduates are prepared to pursue professional music careers as soloists or with a range of ensembles—from major orchestras to contemporary chamber groups; many earn principal appointments. Other grads work in schools, conservatories, and in all facets of society.