What's New? New England Conservatory composer Michael Gandolfi (www.michaelgandolfi.com) has finished his "Serenade for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble." I will perform it in April 2015 with the Jordan Winds in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory
My recording of Stephen Melillo's new clarinet piece #1016 for Clarinet and Synthesizer was one of 17 solo performances that was on this year's ballot list for Grammy nomination under the category "Best Classical Soloist". It was released on the compact disc "Stormworks Chapter 21" in late fall 2012. Listen to the recording on the "Audio" page. For further details, visit www.stormworks.com
In fall 2012, Douglas Monroe became the Assistant Professor of Clarinet at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of Clarinet at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, a position he held from 2009-2012. During the summer months, he is an Instructor of Clarinet at Interlochen Arts Camp. Dr. Monroe has enjoyed an eclectic career as clarinetist and conductor. His performances have taken him to fifty states, Canada, and Europe where he has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Royal Albert Hall in London, and the Schauspielhaus in Berlin.
His performances have garnered acclaim from reviewers around the country. The Green Valley News wrote, “Monroe was flawless in his technique, impeccable in his intonation, and dramatic in his interpretation.” The Lancaster Eagle-Gazette said, “In one word, Monroe was inspiring.”