Anthony McGill, 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
Program Type:
  • Major
  • Bachelor of Music (BM)

Our clarinet program includes private study, individualized instruction, private lessons, reed-making workshops, master classes, and performance opportunities that emphasize the development of technique and musicianship.

Program Director

Michael Rosen

Ruth Strickland Gardner Professor of Percussion
Division Affiliation

Cindy Shairba

Administrative Assistant 440-775-8198

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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“[I want to teach students] how to prepare something in a way that’s so methodical that it becomes so natural and then in the end of performing music, in general, how to let go, so that it becomes so easy and really fun.”

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.