Jackie McIlwain

Assistant Professor of Clarinet

About the Studio


A Chicago native, Dr. Jackie McIlwain, is Assistant Professor of Clarinet at The University of Southern Mississippi.  Dr. McIlwain's diverse performance experience includes numerous recitals in a variety of styles from the standard repertoire of Debussy, Brahms, and Mozart to Scott McAllister's X Concerto and world premieres of Alan Thiesen, Charles Ingram, Daniel Whaley, and Kristy Adams. Along with these solo performances, Dr. McIlwain has played with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra , Meridian Symphony Orchestra (MS), Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra (FL) and Murfreesboro Philharmonic Orchestra (TN), among others. Since 2000, she has been fortunate enough to travel and perform in over half a dozen countries in Europe and the Far East serving the role of principal clarinetist.

One of Dr. McIlwain's significant interests is her continuing research into musicians’ injuries, their causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, as can be seen in her doctoral treatise, “Common Injuries Among College Clarinetists: Definitions, Causes, Prevention, and Treatment Methods.” As part of her research for this project, Dr. McIlwain surveyed over 600 college clarinetists nationwide, gathering information on common injuries and ailments of “today's clarinetist.” She has been able to supplement her research with studies in Body Mapping and is currently training to become an Andover Educator, which will grant her a licensure in Body Mapping and the six-hour course “What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body.”

Dr. McIlwain's major teachers include Dr. Todd Waldecker, Professor Howard Klug and Dr. Frank Kowalsky, and has earned degrees from Middle Tennessee State University (B.M.), Indiana University (M.M.) and The Florida State University (D.M.) She has previously taught at Southeastern Louisiana University and The Florida State University.