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UTRGV Clarinets


Clarinet Studies at UTRGV

During the past several years, the Clarinet Program at UTRGV has undergone tremendous growth and the students presently in the studio demonstrate the highest level of ability and potential that we have ever had. We are more active than ever and invite you take a closer look at what the UTRGV Clarinet Studio has to offer!

Clarinet Instruction

As a clarinet major at UTRGV you will receive a weekly applied lesson tailored to meet your individual needs so that you can achieve your fullest potential as a clarinetist and musician. In addition to the weekly applied lesson, the clarinet studio holds a weekly studio class and a weekly technique class. In the studio class, students are given the opportunity to perform for each other and work together to help each other improve their performance. This also helps students develop critical listening skills and fosters effective communication and teaching skills that are essential to students’ educator training. The studio class also covers topics such as reed adjustment, various styles of clarinet playing, important historical and contemporary figures and trends in the clarinet world and more. The weekly technique class allows the students to develop their technical facility in a supportive and cooperative setting, motivating and challenging each other to achieve specific goals. These additional classes supplement the regular applied lesson curriculum and provide students a comprehensive clarinet education.

Enhancing Your Education

UTRGV Clarinet Students have opportunities that go beyond the lesson studio. We are out in the community, honing our teaching skills by working with local middle school and high school students. We learn from the top clarinetists in the world in guest artist master classes and recitals. We perform throughout the local community, the state and the country.



UTRGV Clarinet Students have had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses from some of the biggest names in the clarinet world including:

Boris Allakhverdyan

Julian Bliss

Robert DeLutis

Jose Franch-Ballester

Daniel Gilbert

Corrado Giuffredi

Kenneth Grant

Charles Neidich

Jun Qian

Gregory Raden

Steve Sanchez

Richard Shanley

Michael Webster

Steve Williamson

Nathan Williams

Student Success

Achievements of UTRGV Brownsville Clarinet Students and Alumni include:


Winner of the 2016 ICA Orchestral Audition Competition

Selected to attend prestigious summer festivals such as:

Eastern Music Festival

American Clarinet Academy

Music in the Mountains

Winners of the 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018 Symphony Orchestra Concerto Aria Competition


Honorable Mention in the Texas Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Performance Competition


Graduates have been awarded graduate assistantships at top universities such as:

Baylor University

UT Austin

Southern Methodist University

University of Maryland

University of Texas El Paso


UTRGV Clarinet graduates enjoy a near 100% job placement rate as music educators throughout the state of Texas


UTRGV Clarinet Ensemble

The UTRGV Clarinet Ensemble has been invited to perform multiple times at prestigious events such as TMEA (2014, 2016, 2022) and the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2022) including performances in Spain & Belgium! The group performs everything from the traditional clarinet choir repertoire, exciting contemporary works and transcriptions to world premieres of newly commissioned works. 

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