Emblems Quintet

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Clarissa Osborn

I would describe myself as a "new soul" when it comes to classical music. Many of my favorite pieces for orchestra and clarinet come from the 20th and 21st centuries. I especially enjoy pieces by Debussy and Stravinsky, and in the last year have been increasingly interested in works by Elliot Carter. I most recently played his Hiyoku for two clarinets with a fellow colleague at U-M, and have not been able to stop thinking about it since! 

While I have mainly focused on classical performance throughout my two degrees, I look forward to exploring the world of extended technique and contemporary music for the clarinet and woodwind quintet in my future endeavors. Other genres I enjoy are klezmer and jazz, and frequently listen to Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw for enjoyment and inspiration.

As a teacher, I believe in flexibility, adaptability, understanding, and the sharing of a common passion. As a musician and student myself, I know that everyone learns and expresses themselves uniquely and variously. Therefore, I strive to understand each student as an individual and adapt my teaching style to fit their personal learning abilities and needs. I hope that this approach creates a rich and diverse learning environment and frees each student to express their creativity with me through music and the clarinet.

Clarissa has performed with groups including the Eugene Symphony and Orchestra Next in Eugene, Oregon, the Texas Music Festival Orchestra in the summer of 2014–15, and with the University of Michigan Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Clarissa received a master's in clarinet performance from U-M in 2015 and a bachelor's in clarinet performance from the University of Oregon in 2013. In addition to performing with the Emblems Quintet, she teaches privately in Dexter and Ann Arbor, Michigan and freelances in the area. 

Brandon Rumsey, Bassoon  

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