CLARINET

ABOUT

  1. Distinguished Professor, Miami University, Ohio

  2. Chair of the Woodwind Division, Miami University

  3. Doctoral work, Clarinet Performance, Indiana University

  4. M.M., Clarinet Performance, Northwestern University

  5. Premier Prix (1st Prize), Clarinet, Montreal Conservatory

  6. Premier Prix (1st Prize), Chamber Music, Montreal Conservatory

  7. Crossan Hays Curry Distinguished Educator Award, 2002

  8. Distinguished Scholar of the Graduate Faculty Award, 2005

  9. Légère Artist, 2013-present

  10. Buffet Group Artist Clinician, 2007-present

  11. Author, Clarinet Secrets—52 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Clarinetist, 2004 (Revised Edition 2006, Scarecrow Press)

  12. Author, More Clarinet Secrets—100 Quick Tips for the Advanced Clarinetist, 2011


Short Bio

Michele Gingras is Distinguished Professor of Clarinet at Miami University (OH) where she was named Curry Distinguished Educator and Distinguished Scholar of the Graduate Faculty. She performed and taught masterclasses worldwide and released over a dozen CDs, including duos with Richard Stoltzman. She published 250 articles and reviews in numerous publications, translated a 650-page textbook about French classical saxophonist Jean-Marie Londeix, performed for over a dozen ICA conferences, and authored two books: Clarinet Secrets—52 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Clarinetist, and More Clarinet Secrets—100 Quick Tips for the Advanced Clarinetist (scarecrowpress.com). She is a member of Cincinnati Klezmer Project, Duo2go, and Miami3. Gingras is Past-Secretary of the International Clarinet Association and is an Artist Clinician for the Buffet Group and Légère reeds. Subscribe to her free videocasts on iTunes and visit her online at: Michelegingras.com; FRIEND her on FACEBOOK and follow her on Twitter! @michelegingras

Long Bio

Michele Gingras is Distinguished Professor of Clarinet at Miami University (Ohio). She joined the faculty in 1986, and was named Hays Crossen Curry Distinguished Educator in 2002 and Distinguished Scholar of the Graduate School in 2005. She earned her M.M. at Northwestern University with Robert Marcellus, a Premier Prix in clarinet performance and in chamber music from the Montreal Music Conservatory with Rafaele Masella, and she studied in the doctoral program at Indiana University with Bernard Portnoy and Earl Bates.

Professor Gingras is an active recitalist, author, recording artist, and clinician. She performed as a soloist, as a member of the Miami Wind Quintet, and as a klezmer musician in Australia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Taiwan, Singapore, and throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. She served ten summers as Principal Clarinet with the Echternach Festival Orchestra in Luxembourg. Previously, she was Principal Solo Clarinet with the Santiago Philharmonic Orchestra (Chile). As a concerto soloist, she performed several works by contemporary composers, including Malcolm Arnold’s Concerto no. 2 with Sir Malcolm present.

Gingras recorded over a dozen compact discs and ten solo recitals for Radio-Canada. Additionally, she recorded a commissioned duo with Emmy-Award clarinetist Richard Stoltzman for MMC Recordings in Boston (2008).

Her publications include over 250 articles and reviews for The Clarinet, CASS, Australian Clarinet and Saxophone, The Instrumentalist, NACWPI, Canadian Winds, and other magazines, and a 550-page scholarly book translation about saxophonist Jean-Marie Londeix published by Roncorp. Her two books, Clarinet Secrets—52 Performance Strategies for the Advanced Clarinetist and echo were published by Scarecrow Press respectively in 2004 (Revised Edition, 2006) and 2011. In 2007, she published a widely-distributed “Survival Guide” pamphlet about single reed instrument care as well as online educational material for Rico International. Since 2008, she authors a clarinet advice column in the magazine Australian Clarinet and Saxophone.

She was a Visiting Artist and Instructor at the Luxembourg Conservatory, the Oslo Music Academy (Norway), the Elder Conservatorium (Australia), Indiana University (Bloomington), the Guayaquil Symphony (Ecuador), and taught numerous master classes worldwide. She was the featured guest artist for the Annual Clarinet Day at Arizona State University, the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Ohio University, Missouri State University, University of Akron, Eastern Michigan University, Eastern Washington University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Michigan State University, University of Alabama-Birmingham (2012), and others.

Michele Gingras served on the Board of Directors of the International Clarinet Association (ICA) as Secretary, directed the ICA Composition Competition for nine years, and performed for over a dozen ICA conferences.

Michele Gingras is an Artist/Clinician for the Buffet Group and Légère reeds.

Professor Gingras’ past and present research includes period clarinets, wind synthesizers, the tarogato (Hungarian folk instrument), klezmer (Jewish folk music), work ethics and job retention for musicians, performance anxiety, teaching with technology, virtual reality environments, and using social media in teaching. She is included in scholarly monographs such as The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, The Essential Klezmer by Seth Rogovoy, and New Directions for Clarinet by Phillip Rehfeldt.

Videocasts based on her book Clarinet Secrets may be viewed on YouTube or downloaded by subscribing to her free podcasts on iTunes. Visit Michelegingras.com

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