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The clarinet is a single reed instrument. While the oboe has two reeds tied together (double reed), the clarinet only has one reed which is attached to a mouthpiece. To play the clarinet, you blow air between the mouthpiece and reed, causing a column of air to vibrate through the instrument. Clarinets come in all shapes and sizes, from the small E-flat clarinet to the huge B-flat contrabass clarinet. Although they can make high and low sounds, clarinets are known for having a rich, warm tone.


Gabriel Campos Zamora

Principal Clarinet, I.A. O'Shaughnessy Chair

David Pharris


Gregory T. Williams

Associate Principal Clarinet and E-flat Clarinet, Ray and Doris Mithun Chair

Timothy Zavadil

Clarinet and Bass Clarinet