2022 Faculty

Guy Yehuda

Michigan State University, Principal Clarinet of Lansing Symphony Orchestra

Guy Yehuda
Israeli-American clarinetist Guy Yehuda is recognized as one of the most outstanding and unique talents on the international concert stage today. The top prizewinner of several international competitions, such as the Heida Hermanns and Fischoff, Yehuda was hailed by composer John Corigliano as “One of the most awe-inspiring clarinetists today.” He has toured extensively in Europe, North America, Israel and China. As principal clarinetist, he has performed with the Israel Philharmonic, Lucerne Contemporary Festival Orchestra, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, among others, as well as guest clarinetist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Yehuda performed on tours of Europe and the U.S. under the batons of top conductors including Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur and Daniel Barenboim. He performed and collaborated with the world’s top composers and performers including Pierre Boulez, Steve Reich, John Corigliano, Menahem Pressler from the Beaux-Arts Trio, and the Cypress and Harrington String Quartets. A highly demanded musician, he has performed as soloist and chamber musician at the Spoleto, Verbier, Lucerne, Ottawa Chamber Music, Parry Sound, and Domain Forget festivals, and at the Israeli Chamber Music Festivals of Kfar Blum and Haifa.

Yehuda is a sought-after recitalist throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He has performed as soloist in prestigious halls and venues such as Carnegie Hall, Domain Forget, (Canada), Chicago Symphony Hall, Palacio Fuz and Casa di Musica in Portugal, Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv and Dame Myra Hess Chamber Series. He has appeared regularly as a guest artist on Public Radio across the U.S and abroad, and he has been a frequent artist on a number of live recordings for CBC. His discography includes: Music by French composer Jean Francaix, on the XII-21 Canadian Label; several CD recordings with Albany records; and the most recent release of the Brahms and Reger Sonatas on the Blue Griffin record label in 2015.

Yehuda has given master classes throughout the U.S, Canada, Mexico, Europe, China and Israel. He is a Selmer-Paris and D’Addario Reeds international performing artist and product consultant. He held visiting faculty positions at Indiana University and the University of Virginia, and has been the clarinet professor at the University of North Florida. Currently, he is the Associate Professor and Artist Teacher of Clarinet at Michigan State University College of Music, and principal clarinetist with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. He is the clarinet faculty resident at the Vianden Summer Festival in Europe, Aria International Music Festival in Massachusetts and Fresno Summer Orchestra Academy in California.

Mariam Adam

Assistant Clarinet Professor at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, YOLA Institute with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Principal Clarinetist with London-based orchestra and ensemble, Chineke!

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MARIAM ADAM, born in Monterey, California to an Egyptian father and a Mexican mother, has lived between New York, Paris and now Nashville, a composite of influences that has shaped her musicianship and collaborations worldwide. She has performed with Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Paquito D’Rivera, Yo-Yo Ma, Eric le Sage, Claudio Bohorquez, Simon Shaheen, Kuss Quartet, Gil Kalish, Ann Marie-McDermott, the Zaide Quartet and in such venues and series as Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Hall, Jordan Hall, Kennedy Center, San Francisco Performances, Wigmore Hall, Paris’ Cité de la Musique, Beijing Performing Arts Center, Bremen Musikfest, Jazz à Marciac, Colmar Festival and France’s pre-eminent Folle Journee.  
A founding and former member of the twice Grammy-nominated woodwind quintet, Imani Winds, she maintained an active international touring schedule for over 15 years. The quintet is a pillar in the classical music community, unparalleled in developing the wind quintet to a new level through virtuosity, style, repertoire and engaging programs. Their albums and legacy have won numerous awards and continue to influence wind chamber music through their commissions and original compositions. In November 2021 she reunited with members of the Imani Winds to premier Valerie Coleman’s “Phenomenal Women” in London.
Besides her career with Imani Winds, Mariam has been invited for solo recitals and chamber music concerts in such prestigious venues and festivals as Chamber Music Lincoln Center, Burlington’s Lane Series, Chamber Music Northwest, Skaneatles Festival, Chenango Festival, Fontana Arts, La Folle Journée Festival in Nantes, Théâtre de l’Archipel in Perpignan, Musica da Curitiba-Brazil, and various festivals and series in the United-States, Europe and South America. She has performed and toured with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and France’s satire icon, Gaspard Proust. She has soloed with the Orchestre de Pau, Sacramento Symphony, the Monterey Symphony, the Singapore National Youth Orchestra, Prince George Philharmonic and the Appassionato Ensemble in France.
Since 2016 she has been principal clarinetist for the London-based Chineke! Ensemble and orchestra with return visits to BBC’s “Tune In” with Sean Rafferty. They have become a pivotal ensemble in the United Kingdom and Europe championing works of new composers while establishing a firm identity of the new face of classical music.
Since 2004 her clarinet/piano duo TransAtlantic Ensemble, with Evelyn Ulex, an official Steinway Ensemble, specializes in commissions of crossover styles, standard repertoire and presents their concerts in unique formats throughout Europe, South and Central America and the United States. They have been featured on NPR, Berlin Radiofunkt and their latest album, “Havana Moon” was on Sirius XM’s “Best of Symphony” Hall in 2016.
In 2010 she started the AdZel Duo with clarinetist Stephanie Zelnick performing works celebrating their combined heritage from the Middle East. Their music covers the conflicting yet homogenous cultures through special commissions and master classes on an international scale. They have been invited to give their presentations at Juilliard, Yale School of Music, Indiana University and have been featured at the International Clarinet Conference, Costa Rican Clarinet Festival as well as the world premiere of “Dreams” Double concerto in Los Angeles in 2019.
As an educator she has been invited to give master classes throughout the United States, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, London, Costa Rica, Brazil, Colombia, France, China, Singapore and Germany at the top conservatories.  She has been Ensemble-In-Residence at the Mannes School of Music in New York and several schools of music throughout the states with the Imani Winds. She is on the faculty of the YOLA Institute with the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Mariam has recorded eight albums with Imani Winds (Koch Classics, E1) before being signed by EMI for their exciting wind quintet version of the Rite of Spring which was selected in 2013’s Best of iTunes. She can also be heard on Chick Corea’s “The Continents”, Wayne Shorter’s “Without a Net”, Steve Coleman’s “Ascension to Light”, “Letters From Armenia” with Varduhi Yeritsyan and Mohammed Fairouz‘s “Native Informant”. TransAtlantic Ensemble last CD “Havana Moon” with the Steinway & Sons Record Label received Sirius XM’s Symphony Hall listing as “BEST RECORDINGS OF 2016”. Her latest album “AdZel Duo” was released in 2018 and was featured on American Public Media’s “Performance Today”. She has recorded four albums with the Chineke! Orchestra on NMC, Signum and Orchid labels including “Rhapsody in Blue” with Stewart Goodyear.
Mariam Adam is an exclusive Selmer Paris Artist on the Privilege series, Vandoren Artist and has served on the Executive Board for Chamber Music America as Vice President. She is Assistant Clarinet Professor at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University, YOLA Institute with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Principal Clarinetist with London-based orchestra and ensemble, Chineke!.

Jonathan Holden

Assistant Professor of Clarinet, Florida State University

Principal Clarinetist of the West Michigan Symphony

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British born clarinetist Jonathan Holden received his BM and MM degrees from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied with Joy Farrall, Andrew Webster and celebrated recording artist Dame Thea King. He earned his DMA from Michigan State University where he studied with Dr. Elsa Verdehr.

An experienced orchestral clarinetist, Holden has performed with groups such as the Louisiana, Fort Wayne and Orlando Philharmonic orchestras, the Grand Rapids, Baton Rouge and Mobile symphony orchestras and the Sarasota Orchestra. He is Principal Clarinetist of the West Michigan Symphony.

Holden made his concerto debut at the age of seventeen and has since performed concertos by Mozart, Copland, Weber, Zwilich, Ellerby and James David in Britain, Israel and the United States. He has appeared as a guest of the Degas, Ciompi and Voxare string quartets and by invitation of the National Flute Association, International Clarinet Association, British Clarinet Congress, College Music Society, Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, Festival Contempoaneo (Brazil) and Alfredo de Saint Malo Festival (Panama), among others. He has performed in chamber series’ such as Chamber Music Wilmington, the American Music Festival, Chamber Music at The Block, Festival South, and the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck. Holden has given performances and master classes at over 50 colleges and universities in the US and overseas including Vanderbilt, Michigan State and Northwestern universities, the national conservatories of Panama, Paris and Brazil, and the universities of Oklahoma, Montana, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, and North Texas.

A proponent of new music, Holden’s work with the Argot Trio (violin, clarinet and piano) produced new works by James Sclater, Luigi Zaninelli and Alan Theisen, among others, which can be heard on the album Mostly Mississippi (Centaur Records). The trio has also recorded music by Steven Holochwost (Albany) and William Bergsma (Centaur). The Holden-Olin Duo (flute and clarinet) premiered Fluteball by Ricardo Lorenz at ClarinetFest 2016, gave the international premiere of Pierre Jalbert’s Triple Set at ClarinetFest 2017, and continues to commission new music. Holden’s forthcoming solo compact disc, Notes from Home (Centaur), features clarinet music from the British Isles.

Jonathan Holden is Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Florida State University and teaches in summer at New England Music Camp.

Maureen Hurd Hause

Associate Professor of Clarinet at the Mason Gross School of the Arts

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Clarinetist Maureen Hurd Hause’s primary teachers were David Shifrin, Charles Neidich, Joseph Messenger, and Ayako Oshima.

She has appeared in concerts and master classes throughout Europe, Asia, and North America, performing at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, (le) poisson rouge as soloist in Michel van der Aa’s Hysteresis, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, and with the American Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the New York City Opera Orchestra, and the Broadway production of The King and I at Lincoln Center.

She has presented international master classes and performances in Korea, France, and Mexico, and she has performed at International Clarinet Association ClarinetFests® in Belgium, Italy, Japan, Canada, and the US and at the Norfolk, Skaneateles, Lancaster, and Zodiac Festivals.

She has been recognized for her study and performances of classical works connected to Benny Goodman, including the recent 2019 world premiere of the last Goodman commission, Allen Shawn’s Concerto for Clarinet and Cello (completed in 1983 but never performed) and presenting lectures and performances at Yale University, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, the Bruno Walter Auditorium of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the University of North Texas. She has published articles on the subject in The Clarinet, journal of the International Clarinet Association.

Hurd Hause is Head of the Woodwind Program and Associate Professor of Clarinet at the Mason Gross School of the Arts.

She has recorded for Naxos, MSR Classics and Marquis Classics. Her solo CD, Spelunk, includes premiere recordings of American works for clarinet and includes music by William Bolcom, Evan Hause, Morton Gould, Alan Shulman and Robert Starer. She recently performed William Bolcom’s Concerto with the Rutgers Wind Ensemble, and she was soloist for that ensemble’s Naxos recording of Michael Daugherty’s Brooklyn Bridge.

Maureen Hurd Hause is a Henri Selmer Paris Artist playing ‘Signature’ and ‘Recital’ clarinets.

François Sauzeau

Orchestre national de Lyon

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After studying at the Conservatory with regional influence in Bordeaux with Yves Didier, François Sauzeau entered the Paris National Conservatory of Music and Dance in the class of Ulysse Delécluse and then that of Guy Deplus. In 1980 he unanimously won first prize for clarinet, then in 1981 a first prize for chamber music. He entered a cycle of improvement in the class of Christian Lardé, in sonata with the pianist Laurent Cabasso, and worked with Jean Hubeau. After having worked in various Parisian formations, he was a soloist at the Ensemble instrumental de Grenoble in 1983-1984, then obtained the position of solo clarinet at the Orchester National de Lyon in 1984. He performed regularly as a chamber musician, with partners such as the Debussy and Élysée Quartets, Alain Meunier and Christian Ivaldi. He recorded Claude Debussy’s Rhapsodie pour clarinet with the ONL, under the direction of Emmanuel Krivine (Denon).

Tasha Warren

Michigan State University, American Modern Ensemble

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Tasha Warren, assistant professor of chamber music at the Michigan State University College of Music, is an avid teacher and international performer. She has premiered hundreds of solo clarinet and chamber works working closely with composers and conductors including Shulamit Ran, Augusta Read Thomas, Cliff Colnot, and Oliver Knussen. She has recorded with Innova, Alba, SCI, and Crystal Records, the I.U. New Music Ensemble, Hal Leonard Productions, CBC Radio, and PBC Korea Television. Her most recent CD, Black Lines, chamber music for clarinet and strings, was released in 2018 on Centaur Records.

Warren has taught on the music performance faculties of Louisiana State University and the University of Virginia. As clarinetist with American Modern Ensemble, Warren currently serves on the faculty of Mostly Modern Festival. She played principal clarinet with the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra from 2009-2011, and Columbus Indiana Philharmonic from 2004-2009. She has implemented chamber music programs with MAYO Youth Orchestra, University of Virginia, and the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra.