Ohio University (OU)

Clarinet Studio

The Ohio University Clarinet Studio is comprised of outstanding undergraduate and graduate music majors from all over the world. Under the guidance of Professor of Clarinet Rebecca Rischin, each student learns about aspects of clarinet technique, repertoire, reed care, instrument care, musical interpretation, and pedagogy in preparation for a musical career in his or her desired specialization.

Degrees Offered

Ohio University offers the Bachelor of Music degree in music education, music therapy, music performance, music composition, and the Bachelor of Arts in music degree. Our renowned Honors Tutorial College allows students intensive one-to-one collaboration with our world-renowned faculty. Students accepted into this program receive a full tuition scholarship for all four years of study at Ohio University. Ohio University offers the Master of Music degree in performance, performance/pedagogy (woodwinds), music theory, music history, music composition, music education, conducting and music therapy; and the PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts Scholar/Artist Track.

Performance Opportunities

Music majors take individual clarinet lessons, participate in a weekly studio class, and play in organized chamber groups and in our outstanding large ensembles which include Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band. Some also play in Jazz Ensemble and in New Music Ensemble. Nonmajors may also take lessons and play in ensembles. Spring semesters music majors participate in clarinet choir in preparation for our Clarinet Gala. The Ohio University Clarinet Choir performed at the 2002 and 2005 Ohio Music Educators Association Conferences in Cincinnati.

In addition, our annual Student Soloist Competition selects students to perform concerti with the Symphony Orchestra or Wind Symphony. Previous clarinet winners include: Ying Chang (MM, Performance, 2002); Weilun He (Performance Certificate, 2002; MM, Performance/Pedagogy, 2004); Angela Opell (MM, Performance, 2003); and Valerie Breda (MM, Performance, 2018).

Students may also have the opportunity to play in regional professional orchestras such as the Ohio Valley Summer Theater Orchestra (Athens), Ohio Valley Symphony (Gallipolis), the Columbus Symphony, the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, the River Cities Symphony Orchestra (Parkersburg, WV), and the West Virginia Symphony (Charleston). In addition, Athens has a thriving alternative music scene and many students play Klezmer and jazz at our local venues.

Teaching Opportunities

Graduate students on assistantship have the opportunity to teach Ohio University courses: clarinet methods, introductory music theory, music appreciation, and individual clarinet lessons. Both graduate and undergraduate students can also teach individual clarinet lessons to elementary, middle school, and high school students in the Athens Community Music School.

Ohio University Clarinet Studio 2020-2021
Name Year Major Hometown
Victoria Akpan Freshman Music Education Atlanta, GA
Brittany Bambauer Junior Music Therapy New Knoxville, OH
Avery Bamfield Transfer Music Education Chillicothe, OH
Aubrey Beaty Sophomore Music Education Tipp City, OH
David Bourland Transfer Music Education Springfield, IL
Stephanie Brown Sophomore Music Education Fredericktown, OH
Whitney Cope Junior Music Education Hilliard, OH
Parker Corbitt Freshman Music Performance Racine, OH
Emily Dehem Junior Music Therapy New Baltimore, MI
Michaela Ferguson Freshman Music Education Middletown, OH
William Gilbert Freshman Music Education Minford, OH
Samuel Graham Sophomore Music Education Lancaster, OH
Wyatt Harrington Senior Music Education McArthur, OH
Kelsey Larck Master’s Student Music Performance Sissonville, WV
Jordan Lent Freshman Music Education Zanesville, OH
Angela Opell PhD Student Interdisciplinary Arts Louisburg, NC
Joel Panas Sophomore Music Education St. Clairsville, OH
Sydney Perrott Sophomore Music Therapy Beavercreek, OH
Drew Saylor Sophomore Music Education Carlisle, OH
Montana Smith Freshman Music Education Eaton, OH
Leah Strand Junior Music Therapy St. Mary’s, OH
Kayla Stubblefield Senior Music Therapy Charleston, WV
James Van Dyke Master’s Student Music Performance Sterling, VA
Mason Williams Sophomore Music Education Marysville, OH