BM University of Southern California, MM Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia, Rome, Italy
Jerry Kirkbride, professor of music for clarinet, was the clarinetist of the world famous Dorian Wind Quintet (www.dorianwindquintet.org) for over forty years. He has toured the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe extensively as well as India, Pakistan, and the Middle East. Before joining the Dorian Wind Quintet in 1970, Kirkbride was principal clarinetist with the Metropolitan Opera National Company and was a Creative Associate at the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Kirkbride has performed in numerous chamber music concerts and free-lanced extensively in New York City for nearly twenty years. He was principal clarinetist of the Brooklyn Philharmonic for six years. After graduating from the University of Southern California, where he studied with Mitchell Lurie, he was awarded a Fulbright Grant to continue his studies in Rome, Italy where he worked with such artists as Nadia Boulanger, Efrem Kurtz, and Franco Ferrera. Kirkbride wrote the clarinet section of Teaching Woodwinds, a text for college wind instrumental techniques classes and has several editions and arrangements published by International Music Publishing Company. He has recorded for Vox, Columbia, CRI, Deutsche Grammophon, New World and Summit Records. Kirkbride joined the faculty at the University of Arizona in 1987 and is a member of the Arizona Wind Quintet. He was principal clarinetist with the Arizona Opera from 1989-1998 and performed each year at the Arizona Musicfest in Carefree, AZ as principal clarinet from 1990-2010. He performed the Mozart and Copland Clarinet Concertos with the Festival Orchestra. In May 2011, he served as a senior juror at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
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