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 goals as a music educator is to share information about the body to other musicians in order to prevent injury and promote musicianship and facility.  Dr. McIlwain is an Andover Educator, which grants her a licensure in Body Mapping and the six-hour course “What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body.”  Other research regarding musicians’ injuries 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.”

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.  

Dr. McIlwain is a Vandoren Regional Artist and Backun Musical Services Artist.