FRANK KOWALSKY, the recently retired Joseph A. White Professor of Clarinet at Florida State University, has performed as principal clarinetist with orchestras throughout the United States, including the Naples Philharmonic, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, The Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and the Northwood Orchestra. He has also been a member of the United States Marine Band, the Colorado Philharmonic, and the Rochester Philharmonic.
Recent activities include a concert series as principal clarinet with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, a season as principal clarinetist with the Bellingham Festival, a tour to Sweden as guest soloist with the Florida State Winds, recital appearances in London and Manchester, UK, concerts and recording sessions in Prague, concerto and chamber appearances in Spain, and several nation-wide tours as a member of the Trio Con Brio. His introduction of Scott McAllister’s “X—Concerto for Clarinet” to the clarinet community in 1998 led to the commissioning of McAllister’s concerto, “Black Dog”, which he premiered at Florida State University in 2003. For twenty years he served as music director for the Tallahassee Ballet’s annual concert “Evening of Music and Dance”, working closely with choreographers and dancers. In August 2012 he was awarded the Honorary Member Award, the highest distinction from the International Clarinet Association.
His activities as a chamber musician have been extensive. He has played at Music At Gretna, The Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, and, from 1995 to 2010, as a regular member of the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, both in the summers and in the “Winter Interlude”.
A member of the faculty at the Interlochen Arts Academy for ten years, he joined the faculty at Florida State University in 1984 and retired in 2013. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Catholic University of America.
Jeffrey Brooks is a clarinet artist affiliate at Emory University. Before moving to Atlanta in 2014 he served as sabbatical replacement for clarinet professors at Florida State University and Ohio University. He also held positions as adjunct clarinet instructor at Central Washington University and Walla Walla University. Jeff has performed with symphony orchestras throughout the United States such as the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Opera, Atlanta Symphony, and Charleston Symphony and recently developed "Monsters of Clarinet", a classical and jazz crossover pops program for jazz quartet and symphony orchestra.
Mr. Brooks has been heard as a concerto soloist on nearly twenty occasions and has presented more than forty solo recitals covering a wide variety of clarinet repertoire. He was the Principal Clarinetist of the Yakima Symphony for twelve seasons, performed as guest Principal Clarinetist with the Seattle Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch conducting, performed with the Atlanta Symphony, and performed in Carnegie Hall, Boston's Jordan Hall, and the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN. He has recorded for the Naxos and New World Record labels, independently released two jazz CD's available on itunes.com, and recorded multiple Hollywood film soundtracks and video games.
Jeff is soon to complete his doctorate of music at Florida State University and holds a BA from Central Washington University and a MM from Florida State University. His teachers have included Dr. Frank Kowlasky, Dr. Deborah Bish, Eddie Daniels, Laura DeLuca, Chip Phillips, and Joseph Brooks.
Jeff owns and operates “Brooks Clarinet Service” a clarinet repair and sales business that specializes in new and used Buffet Clarinets.
Joseph Brooks is a very active and diverse woodwind performer. Spanning his career of nearly 40 years he has held principal chairs and has been a featured soloist on the clarinet, oboe, and saxophone. As a guest artist and clinician he has frequented college and university campuses throughout the United States. He has served as the solo clarinetist with the United States Continental Army Band, principal clarinet and featured soloist with the Rome Festival Orchestra and has been heard in recital at the International Clarinet Convention. In addition to his credits as a classical performer, Professor Brooks is also active as a jazz artist.
Mr. Brooks has been on the faculty at Walla Walla University, Whitman College, Western Kentucky University, and is presently the Professor of Clarinet at Central Washington University. He performs regularly with the Central Wind Quintet, The Joe Brooks Quartet, and is often heard in recital as a clarinetist and as a classical saxophonist. He takes special pleasure in performing as often as is possible with his son, Jeffrey Brooks.
Audrey Miller is the assistant professor of clarinet at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. At NSU, Dr. Miller teaches applied clarinet, music technology, music history III, and music appreciation. She regularly participates in community outreach, teaching clarinet workshops to young, aspiring musicians.
Before coming to NSU, Audrey lived in Phoenix, AZ where she was an active chamber musician and clarinet teacher to students of all ages. She performed throughout Phoenix area as part of Classical Revolution PHX, Clarinets for Conservation, Kaleidoscope Winds reed quintet, Paradise Winds, and many more.
Audrey had her international debut in Belgium in 2011 and spent the summer of 2013 teaching and performing in Tanzania as a part of Clarinets for Conservation. She has performed around the United States, premiering a work by composer Scott McAllister at the 2012 International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest in Lincoln, NE. Audrey recently finished her Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in clarinet performance at Arizona State University working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and studying with Dr. Robert Spring and Dr. Joshua Gardner. Her research focused on commissioning new works for clarinet/bass clarinet and other woodwind instruments. She is a graduate of Florida State University with a M.M, where she studied with Frank Kowalsky and earned a B.M. from Western Washington University, studying with Eugene Zoro.
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