I joined the faculty of the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho in 2014 as the Assistant Professor of Clarinet, Alexander Technique, and Entrepreneurship. I am currently the Co-Director of the Stetson University Clarinet Clinic, resident Alexander Technique teacher for the Eastern Music Festival, and Co-Director of Training at Inter-Mountain Alexander Training. As an advocate for new music, I am a founding member of TOSCA DUO, Hammers & Reeds Trio, and Relevents Wind Quintet. I earned my DMA and MM degrees from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and my BM from Stetson University in 1999. I am a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and a Licensed Andover Educator. I studied clarinet with Kelly Burke, Lynn Musco, and Frank Kowalsky, and Alexander Technique with Marsha Paludan, Bill Conable, Glenna Batson, Sarah Barker, Robin Gilmore, and Dale Beaver. I am a Performing Artist and Clinician for Buffet Crampon, USA, the Silverstein Group, and Gonzalez Reeds.
Known for their singular sound, ToscaDUO showcases the flexibility, emotional range, and variety of colors unique to the clarinet by performing works from varying time periods and commissioning new works for pairs of clarinets. ToscaDUO released their first, self-titled album in 2017. Their second album, Dimensions, was released in the summer of 2018. Further information, including contact information, bios and up-coming performances can be found on www.toscaduo.com.
Hammers & Reeds Trio
Hammers & Reeds is a resident, faculty trio at the University of Idaho. Shawn Copeland, clarinet; Javier Rodriguez, bassoon; and Eneida Larti, piano, are all dedicated teachers and performers. The trio focuses on performing original works, commissioning new works and adapting existing works for this genre.
Northwest Wind Quintet
The Northwest Wind Quintet, in residence at the University of Idaho since 1967, presents numerous concerts, clinics and community events throughout the Pacific Northwest. Its extensive repertoire spans over two centuries of excellent chamber music. The group’s members, all full-time faculty in the Lionel Hampton School of Music, are: Leonard Garrison, flute; Carol Padgham Albrecht, oboe; Shawn Copeland, clarinet; Jason Johnston, horn; Javier Rodriguez, bassoon