Clarinet Lessons
in the MetroWest Boston Area

with Erin Simmons Asbury
Soloist, Orchestral Musician, and Teacher

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Biography

Soloist and Orchestral Player
 
Erin’s international appearances have included appearing as soloist with the Asko Ensemble in a memorial concert of Stockhausen’s Micheals Reise, and with the Holland Symfonia.  She was a fellowship recipient of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Music Center, playing under such conductors as James Levine, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, and Christoph von Dohnányi.  She has also appeared with the New World Symphony working with conductor Oliver Knussen, the Charleston Symphony, and Spoleto Festival USA, and is personally recommended by
Benjamin Zander.
 
Erin received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts studying under Robert Listokin and Dan McKelway, assistant principal clarinet of the Cleveland Orchestra.  She received her Master of Music degree with honors from New England Conservatory in Boston  studying under Thomas Martin associate principal clarinet of the Boston Symphony, and an Artist Diploma with distinction from the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag, Netherlands  under the tutelage of Sjef Douwes, principal clarinet of the Rotterdam Philharmonic.


Teacher

Erin has recently made MetroWest Boston (Framingham/Sudbury/Natick/Wayland) her new professional base. She has developed a reputation in the USA (Boston, Winston-Salem, NC) and in the UK (Oxford) as a high quality clarinet teacher, both with her extensive private practice and within the state school system, working with both beginners and advanced players. She believes that learning the clarinet should be enjoyable, and has developed a teaching philosophy to help every student make the most of themselves.

Erin’s clarinet tone is distinctive for its beauty and consistency of tone, which she regards as the foundation of all good playing. Learning to make a good sound is central to the work in lessons. As an accomplished performer and artist, working with some of the best orchestras and conductors, Erin also understands the skills, temperament and personal discipline required to make the most of the instrument, and to become an excellent musician.