and raised in Toledo,
Ohio, I attended
and the University
At U of M, I had the pleasure of studying under John
Mohler, a wonderful gentleman from whom I learned
Michigan with my Master's, I took the position of
Instructor of Woodwinds at Heidelberg University in
Tiffin Ohio. I thoroughly enjoyed my 10 years there,
and have many fond memories. I was also fortunate in
winning the 3rd/bass clarinet chair in the Toledo
Symphony. While in the TSO, I performed with the
Symphony Wind Quintet, giving 50 or more programs
per year to school children and seniors. I also
performed as principal clarinet, and a frequent
soloist, with the Toledo Concert Band a fully
professional wind ensemble in continuous operation
since 1957. Very active as a free lance musician, I
also performed many times in orchestras for the
Toledo Opera Association, the Toledo Chorale
Society, and the Toledo Ballet.
I was in Toledo, renowned
clarinetist David Shifrin began his tenure at University of Michigan, and the
following year became Principal Clarinet with the Toledo
Symphony. I was able to study with Mr. Shifrin, and to
perform in the symphony as his assistant/associate. This was
a tremendous period of musical growth for me. Thank you,
David, for all the help and encouragement you gave me.
Shifrin also encouraged me to study bass clarinet with the
late Alfred Zetzer, a Bonade student, and life-long bass
clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra during the
magnificent Szell years.
In the 80's, I became frustrated
with the earning potential of a clarinet career, and left
the profession to go into computers and software,
eventually becoming Vice President or General Manager of
several major software firms. It was a wonderful period or
learning, travel, and growth.
However, I missed music too much.
So, like Arnold in Terminator, "I'm BAAAAACK!!"
maintain a private studio, and play in several
regional orchestras. Currently I play principal
the Skokie Valley Symphony and
from time to time, appear with other local
orchestras, including the Evanston Symphony, the
Park Ridge Symphony, the Highland Park Strings, and
the Wheaton Symphony, often on bass clarinet or Eb
In the past few years, I
have appeared in recital at Heidelberg College,
University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, and Oakton
a soloist I have performed with the Highland Park Symphonic
Winds, the Skokie Valley Symphony, and the Sinfonietta Arts
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