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.

Click on the video below to hear what is possible at Ohio University! Performance/Pedagogy Master’s student Michelle Camargo, 2020 OU Student Soloist Competition Winner, performs Bassi’s Fantasy on Themes from Rigoletto with the OU Symphony Orchestra (fast-forward to 45:00)

Ohio University Clarinet Studio 2021-2022
Name Year Major Hometown
Brittany Bambauer Senior Music Therapy New Knoxville, OH
Avery Bamfield Junior Music Education Chillicothe, OH
Aubrey Beaty Junior Music Education Tipp City, OH
David Bourland Junior Music Education Springfield, IL
Lily Boulard Sophomore Musical Theater Indiana, PA
Michelle Camargo Master’s Student Performance/Pedagogy Bogota, COLOMBIA
Eric Carr Freshman Music Education Kettering, OH
Whitney Cope Senior Music Education Hilliard, OH
Emily Dehem Senior Music Therapy New Baltimore, MI
Morgan Eisaman Freshman Music Therapy Stow, OH
William Gilbert Sophomore Music Education Minford, OH
Samuel Graham Junior Music Education Lancaster, OH
Emma Hocter Freshman Music Therapy Shreveport, LA
Maddi Julian Master’s Student Music Performance Danville, IL
Jordan Lent Sophomore Music Education Zanesville, OH
Joel Panas Junior Music Performance St. Clairsville, OH
Sydney Perrott Junior Music Therapy Beavercreek, OH
Drew Saylor Junior Music Education Carlisle, OH
Josh Smith Master’s Student Instrumental Conducting Baltimore, MD
Montana Smith Freshman Music Education Eaton, OH
Stephanie Smith Senior Music Education Fredericktown, OH
Jennifer Soles Master’s Student Music Performance Holland, MI
Fiona Spelman Freshman Music Education Delaware, OH
Leah Strand Senior Music Therapy St. Mary’s, OH