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Michael Corner, clarinet

Michael Corner is the Principal Clarinetist of Symphony Silicon Valley. He served as the Principal Clarinet of the former San Jose Symphony since 1983 and was regularly featured as soloist in works by Debussy, Weber, Copland, Mozart, and others. He has served as both Principal Clarinet and soloist with San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia San Francisco, Midsummer Mozart, Mendocino Music Festival, Colorado Music Festival, and Marin Symphony.  He has performed with the Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Ballet, Stockholm Philharmonic, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, and many others.

As a chamber musician, Mr. Corner appears regularly with the Sierra Chamber Music Society, and has performed in such venues as Kohl Mansion, San Jose Chamber Music Society, Old First Concerts, Legion of Honor, Palo Alto Cultural Center, and many others.

An active theater musician, he serves as Principal Clarinet for Ballet Silicon Valley. He also performs regularly on clarinet, saxophone and flute for American Musical Theatre of San Jose, and for the theaters in San Francisco -- including Principal Clarinet for Baz Luhrmann's recent production of Puccini's La Bohème. An accomplished jazz musician, he has appeared at such Bay Area venues as Yoshi's and Kimball's, and recorded with Radio Big Bands in Frankfurt, Germany and Zurich, Switzerland.

Mr. Corner attended the University of Southern California, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and was an award winner at both the Music Academy of the West and the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood. While a student at USC, he won First Prize in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. He later received a Soloists Diploma from the Basel (Switzerland) Conservatory. His primary teachers are Mitchell Lurie and Hans Rudolf Stadler.

Teaching Philosophy

I teach clarinet and saxophone at all levels and all styles.

My high-school age students have gone on to become Music majors at major conservatories and professional careers. My beginners have progressed to gain admittance and become section leaders of all the important Youth Orchestras in the Bay Area.

I believe in teaching solid fundamentals, especially tone quality. I allow students to progress at their own rate,  and believe it's very important to stay positive and encouraging.

Practice sessions need not be lengthy, but they need to be done every day to make the most rapid progress.




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