Ms. Zoe Vande Kieft is a senior Music Education Major at the University of Texas at Arlington where she is a Sister of Tau Beta Sigma: Gamma Nu Honorary Band Service Sorority and the principal bass clarinetist of the UTA Wind Symphony. She is also the artistic coordinator for Ambigua Voce- Choral Ensemble and is actively involved in the arts community and is looking to create more opportunities for performance and education in the greater DFW area. She is very excited to work with your student this year and is looking forward to all the great music they will create!
American Clarinetist Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” performs and teaches internationally and across the USA to consistent praise such as, “world-class clarinetist and pedagogue,” “consummate performer,” “inspirational,” “outstanding teacher,” “super,” “brilliant performer,” and “one of the best clinicians I have ever seen.” Dr. Dean’s career is headlined
by appearances at Carnegie Hall, ClarinetFest, NACWPI, Royal Northern College of Music, and Eastman School of Music, with recent recitals and master classes in Italy, Canada, Spain, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana, and Texas. He recently returned to Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at Orfeo Music Festival 2019. He is featured on 6 commercial CD’s and on New Media, such as YouTube. His new CD, Postcards from Silver Lake, will be released in fall 2019. Michael Dean was clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra for 11 years. He’s also performed with the Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio and Duo 35. He has given more than 500 master classes, clinics and performances at universities, conservatories, festivals, conferences and high schools. His articles appear in professional journals such as Southwestern Musician, WINDPLAYER, The Bandmasters’ Review and NACWPI Journal. As “ClarinetMike,” he writes for his widely-read ClarinetMike Blog-viewed in 150 countries on 6 continents, clarinetmike.wordpress.com. He is a past president and former National Board officer of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI). After a successful 20 years of teaching clarinet at the university level, he relocated to his native Texas due to family concerns. He is currently an active clarinet and woodwind performer, teacher, and clinician based in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Michael Dean studied clarinet performance at Texas Tech University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas at Arlington. He is a BG France Performing Artist. His professional website is clarinetmike.com.