Dr. Jonathan Guist is Professor of Clarinet at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, where he teaches applied clarinet, clarinet ensemble, clarinet methods, and chamber music. Dr. Guist appears frequently as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and internationally.
Recent engagements include performances as featured soloist with the Valley Symphony Orchestra, UTRGV Symphony Orchestra, and UTRGV Wind Ensemble, a featured guest artist solo recital at the Texas Clarinet Colloquium, numerous recitals and master classes at universities across the country, and a guest recital and master class at the Escuela de Artes Musicales, Universidad de Costa Rica. Dr. Guist and his ensembles have performed at recent ClarinetFests in Belgium, Kansas, and Louisiana. Additional appearances include lectures, clinics and performances at conferences of the American Single Reed Summit, National Flute Association, Texas Music Educators Association, College Music Society, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors and the International Double Reed Society and as an adjudicator for Music Teachers National Association, Texas Music Educators Association and Texas UIL Solo & Ensemble.
Dr. Guist is a strong advocate for chamber music and new music and has been involved in the commission of several new works for chamber ensemble.
He holds a D.M.A. from the Eastman School of Music, a M.M. from Baylor University and a B.M.E. from New Mexico State University. Principal teachers include Kenneth Grant, Richard Shanley, and Laroy Borchert. Dr. Guist’s previous teaching engagements have included the Eastman School of Music, Nazareth College, Baylor University, the Hochstein School of Music and Dance, and the Conservatory of Central Illinois.
Dr. Guist is a Backun Artist and plays MoBa Grenadilla Silver clarinets.