David Pharris has played second clarinet with the Minnesota Orchestra since 2005, serving as acting associate principal clarinet for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. In addition, since 2009, he has participated in the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Prior to his appointment with the Orchestra, Pharris was second/Eb clarinet of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra for 13 years and spent his summers in the clarinet section of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, first as second/Eb clarinet, and then as principal clarinet. He was acting second clarinet of the Houston Symphony for the 2013-14 season and has also performed with the New York Philharmonic.
Pharris has made numerous chamber music appearances during his tenure with the Orchestra, performing, among other pieces, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Quintet for Clarinet, Two Violins, Viola and Cello, Samuel Barber’s Summer Music Opus 31 and Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind. He is also a member of the St. Paul-based Musical Offering chamber music group.
Pharris graduated from the Northwestern University School of Music with a Bachelor of Music and studied with Robert Marcellus and Clark Brody.