Associate Professor of Clarinet
Clarinetist Cecilia Kang enjoys an active career as a concert clarinetist, educator and an adjudicator. A prize winner of the Canadian Music Competition and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Standard Life Competition, she is a recipient of numerous awards and grants from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Washington DC, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Metropolitan Arts Council, the Alliance for Canadian New Music Projects, the Kingsway Foundation, and the Hendrickson Foundation.
As a performer, she has been invited to perform at Thy Chamber Music Festival (Denmark), Grumo Music Festival (Italy), Castleton Music Festival (USA), Piccolo Spoleto Festival (USA), Bay View Music Festival (USA), Collingwood Music Festival (Canada), International Clarinet and Saxophone Festival (China), Seoul Arts Center (South Korea) and Interflow Music Festival (Hong Kong). She has recently appeared as a soloist with the Jeonju Wind Orchestra (South Korea) and Hong Kong Youth Symphonic Band (Hong Kong).
She is in demand as a guest artist and master class clinician at renowned institutions, including the University of Toronto (Canada), San Francisco Conservatory of Music (USA), Beijing Central Conservatory of Music (China), Shanghai Conservatory of Music (China), Sai Wan Ho Civic Center (Hong Kong), National Taiwan University of Arts (Taiwan), Yonsei University (South Korea), Thailand International Clarinet Academy (Thailand), Conservatorio di Musica "G.Verdi" di Milano (Italy) and many other universities and conservatories around the world.
Notable engagements include lectures, recitals and clarinet pedagogy workshops at various conferences hosted by Music Educators Association across the United States, the College Music Society, the Midwest Clinic, the Clarinet Colloquium and the International ClarinetFest (Baton Rouge, Lawrence, Ostend, Knoxville). As an adjudicator, she has served on judging panels for the International Clarinet Association, the Music Teachers National Association, the College Music Society, the Interflow Band Festival of Hong Kong and the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition. Her works have been published by the Nineteenth-Century Music Review, GIA Publications and Soundset Recordings.
Cecilia Kang earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto. She has also participated in professional development residencies at Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), International Ensemble and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music (Austria) and Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (Germany).
She currently serves as Associate Professor of Clarinet at Furman University in South Carolina and Artist Faculty at California Orchestra Institute and InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy. Dr. Kang is a Vandoren and Buffet Crampon Performing Artist and Clinician. For more information, please visit www.kangcecilia.com.
- 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.
- D.M.A., University of Michigan
- M.M., University of Southern California
- B.M., 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
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.