David Pharris, who served as the Minnesota Orchestra’s acting associate principal clarinet from 2014 to 2016, was familiar to local audiences even before he joined the Orchestra in 2007: he had been onstage with the Orchestra since 2005, one year each as interim associate principal clarinet and as a section member. Since then he has performed Glinka’s Trio pathétique and Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind on the Orchestra’s chamber music series. He played Judd Greenstein’s At the End of a Really Great Day following Inside the Classics concerts in 2012.
During 2013-14 Pharris served as an interim member of the Houston Symphony’s clarinet section; in 2012-13 he played many weeks with the New York Philharmonic. He has also performed with the Florida Grand Opera, Sarasota Opera and New York City Opera, and since 2009 he has been a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra.
Before joining the Minnesota Orchestra Pharris was principal clarinet of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, the Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra and the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, and associate principal clarinet of the Florida Philharmonic (Miami/Fort Lauderdale) and the Florida Orchestra (Tampa).
Pharris—both of whose parents played clarinet—is a graduate of Northwestern University, where he studied with Robert Marcellus and Clark Brody.