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John Klinghammer, clarinet

Dr. John Klinghammer currently holds the position of Assistant Principal/Eb clarinet with the Omaha Symphony, as well as Adjunct Instructor of clarinet at the University of South Dakota and the College of Saint Mary. Before arriving in Omaha, he served a one-year stint as 2nd/Bass clarinet with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. He has also been principal clarinet of the Des Moines Symphony, and a member of the National Repertory Orchestra. John has collaborated with the Omaha Chamber Music Society, Vesper Concerts, Tuesday Musical, Monument Piano Trio, Art of Elan, and the Analog Arts Ensemble. His playing has been described as “charismatic” by the Omaha World-Herald, and “opulent” by the San Diego Union-Tribune.

John received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, and in 1994 won the UofO’s concerto competition. He earned Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he became a member of the USC Scholarship Woodwind Quintet. He spent a year as principal clarinet of the YMF Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles, and in 2000 performed the Copland Clarinet Concerto with that orchestra. In 2009 John performed concertos with both the Breckenridge Music Festival and the Omaha Symphony.

John has given master classes and recitals at universities across the country, and has performed throughout the Midwest with his chamber group, the Orion Trio. He is also a staff conductor with the Omaha Symphony, helping to create and lead some of the orchestra’s many nationally respected educational programs. John spends his summers performing in Colorado with the Breckenridge Music Festival, and maintains a private studio in Omaha that must contend on a regular basis with the strong opinions of his teaching assistant, Leo the dog. His many wonderful teachers include Cindi Bartels, Dr. Wayne Bennett, Michael Anderson, Ted Oien, Michele Zukofsky, and the incomparable Yehuda Gilad.