My clarinet teachers...
Mozart's Quintet in A Major, K. 581 with the Smithson String Quartet as part of the Smithsonian Collection of Recordings.
- Alfred Zetzer, Former Bass Clarinet, Cleveland Orchestra
Robert Marcellus, Former Principal Clarinet, Cleveland Orchestra
My study with Mr. Marcellus was between undergraduate and graduate school; A.K.A. my "year off". Studying with Mr. Marcellus was truly a remarkable and long lasting experience. I regret that I was too young to have ever heard him live with Cleveland Orchestra; I understand that it was an amazing experience. As a teacher, I found him extremely dogmatic and unyielding in his commitment to how the clarinet should be played, especially when it came to sound quality and air column use. His most profound influence on me was confidence building, and I will always be grateful for that. Live broadcast of Marcellus performing the Debussy, Première Rhapsody with the Cleveland Orchestra.
D. Stanley Hasty, Professor Emeritus, Eastman School of Music
My two years of study with Mr. Hasty and my experience at Eastman were simply not long enough. Mr. Hasty's knowledge of the clarinet, intense passion, musicianship, and expertise is unrivaled with anybody else I have experienced. His remarkable career spanned several decades; having performed with such distinguished orchestras as the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Rochester Philharmonic. His 30 year teaching career at the Eastman School of Music produced many accomplished and renowned clarinetists. I feel extremely fortunate and blessed to have experienced his teaching and become part of his esteemed legacy.
Dr. Linda Bartley, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison
My doctoral studies began sometime after I started performing professionally and teaching. Dr. Bartley, an accomplished performer and teacher herself, was acutely sensitive to my needs and helped me tailor my doctoral program to best suit my professional growth. She has a vast knowledge of clarinet literature and greatly expanded my performance and teaching repertoire. I firmly believe good feedback is vital to all stages of professional development. I thank Dr. Bartley for bringing me back to my clarinet roots, reinforcing the solid fundamental principals of good clarinet playing, and for reeling me in from "professional drift". I highly recommend contacting Dr. Bartley and schedule a lesson.