Recently appointed to the Faculty of Music at Furman University, clarinetist Cecilia Kang is internationally active as a performer and educator. She has previously held teaching positions at North Dakota State University (ND) and Concordia University (MI). During the summers, she has also served as clarinet artist faculty at Grumo Music Festival (Italy), Luzerne Music Center (NY) and Bay View Music Festival (MI).

A dynamic chamber musician, she has collaborated with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, and members of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Danish Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has also appeared at Thy Chamber Music Festival (Denmark), IMPULS Contemporary Music Festival (Austria), Castleton Festival (USA), Collingwood Music Festival (Canada), and Banff Centre (Canada). 

Dedicated to pedagogy, Dr. Kang has presented master classes and recitals in the United States and abroad at institutions including the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Oklahoma State University, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the University of Tennesee, Virginia Tech University (USA), Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Shen Yang Conservatory of Music (China), Jeonju University (South Korea), the University of Toronto, the University of Western Ontario, and the University of Manitoba (Canada).

Dr. Kang has presented at conferences hosted by the Music Educators Associations, the College Music Society, the International Clarinet Association and the International Clarinet and Saxophone Festival. She has also served on judging panels for MTNA and International Clarinet Association. She is a Vandoren and Buffet Crampon Performing Artist. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Name Title Description

MUS-051

Colloquium

MUS-070

Woodwind Ensemble

MUS-101

Introduction to Music

Introduction to the fundamentals of music, exploring a variety of musical genres, and developing an appreciation of the diverse musical genres. Although the focus157 for each section varies, all sections address certain fundamentals of music: listening skills, cultural context, historical development, musical vocabulary, musical structure, and style. Requires out-of-class listening and attendance at live concerts. Descriptions of the sections are published during the enrollment period for each term.

MUS-331

Woodwind Methods

Study of woodwind instruments for the purpose of learning teaching and playing skills.

​I firmly believe in nurturing a positive learning environment for students to confidently pursue their personal musical goals. I mentor my students to develop inquisitive minds that will intrinsically motivate them to become courageous and purposeful musicians, free to be innovative, versatile and life-long learners in today’s global musical landscape. My ultimate goal as a teacher is to instill independence and confidence in students so they can discover their own voice.

As a clarinet teacher, I value building a solid foundation in the areas of tone, technique, rhythm, pitch, and articulation through personally demonstrating on the instrument and sharing the art of analytical and innovative practice methods.   

As an artist, I strive to guide each student to become more aware of music’s complexities that are informed by the study of theory, history, with considerations to traditions in musical styles and awareness of contemporary advancements in today’s performance practice.​

  • National Winner of the 2004 Canadian Music Competition
  • Second Prize Winner of the 2008 Montreal Symphony Orchestra Standard Life Competition
  • Grants from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington, DC., the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects, the Kingsway Foundation, the Hendrickson Foundation, and the Lorraine Murphy Endowment.
Education
DMA
University of Michigan
MM
University of Southern California
BM
University of Toronto
Daniel Gilbert
University of Michigan
Yehuda Gilad
University of Southern California
Joseph Orlowski
University of Toronto

Avrahm Galper 
Zeng-Ming Liao
Private studies

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