The Clarinet Studio at Southern Miss is an active and strong 30-member group, each of whom are dedicated to becoming better musicians and music educators. The studio is comprised of music education and performance majors, ranging from Bachelor to Doctoral degree programs.
During the course of study students learn the history of the clarinet, performance practice, and master the art of playing clarinet by achieving a solid foundation in technique, sound, intonation, and most importantly, expression, with the intention that each clarinetist will learn to become his or her own teacher in order to further him/herself as a musician.
Students are expected to be proactive in the learning process and positively contribute to the enthusiastic studio.
- Clarinet Choir
- James Michael Gruetzner received his DMA in 2017 and was recently appointed as Instructor of Clarinet at University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.
- Sophia Potdevin Afanador, a DMA candidate, was one of the winners of the Woodwind Video Competition of the International Monterrey Flute Festival in 2017, where she was invited and attended the winners' concert in 2017. Additionally, she won the William Gower Orchestral Concerto Competition and the USM University Bands and Percussion Concerto Competition 2017 in 2017 and performed Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with the orchestra. Sophia was also a member of a clarinet and guitar duet, Ina Duo, who won third prize in the NOLA Chamber Festival graduate division competition in 2018.
- Lauren Miller, a DMA candidate, won the USM University Bands and Percussion Concerto Competition 2017 and performed Michael Daugherty's Brooklyn Bridge with the Wind Ensemble.
- Madison Hansen, a BM performance major, won a performance on the showcase concert for the Mary C. O'Keefe Young Soloist Competition.