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New professor debuts clarinet skills in Nov. 18 concert

Jeremy reynolds

Clarinet professor Jeremy Reynolds is the Lamont School of Music's newest facult member.

Jeremy Reynolds wants to hike every 14er in Colorado. Although he’s already hiked two, the rest are going to have to wait.

Reynolds — the Lamont School of Music’s newest faculty member and the school’s first full-time clarinet instructor — is too busy practicing four hours a day to get ready for his Nov. 18 performance with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra. The assistant professor will perform “Clarinet Concerto” by Carl Nielsen.

“It’s a powerful concerto,” Reynolds says. “It will stretch your ears harmonically.”

Reynolds says he’s worked on the concerto on and off for a year. It’s one of those pieces, he says, that you have to let simmer and then revisit.

Reynolds joined the Lamont faculty in August after seven seasons as the principal clarinetist in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. He holds degrees from Ithaca College, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he earned a doctorate in musical art.

“For the past several years, we have been fortunate to have some very fine clarinet instructors but the position has been part-time until now,” says Joe Docksey, director of the Lamont School of Music. “We are fortunate that we received the support necessary to have this position become a full-time tenure track position so that Lamont could find a world-class performer and teacher like Jeremy who can recruit the nation’s finest clarinet students to Lamont.”

Reynolds says he was always involved in music education, and Lamont was a place to combine all his passions.

“I feel very lucky,” he says. “I love performing as much as I love teaching.”

Reynold’s debut performance will be Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Gates Concert Hall. Steven Bass will be the guest conductor during the Lamont Symphony Orchestra performance. Admission is free, but tickets are required and available at the Newman Center Box Office.


  1. I have not yet met the new professor yet, as I am abroad this semester, but creating the tenure track position came at the cost of losing a well loved faculty member last year, Andy Stevens. I learned a lot from him, and I’m not even a clarinet player. Though I have no doubts of the abilities of the new professor, and I look forward to meeting him, sometimes I find the bureaucracy to be frustrating.

  2. Nancy Knight says:

    Congratulations to all! From the very beginning of the ICA, you school has had an impressive clarinet teacher. If only I was 2O years younger & any good, I look into attending. I have some fond memories living in Colorado & on one of the 14ers. I’d love to go hiking again soon. I’m not sure that I want to play clarinet again. Life is about choices & risks. For me they are limited. I wish I could attend the concert.

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