Michael Whitmore (Clarinet)
Michael Whitmore is currently studying for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Oklahoma, where he also earned a Master’s Degree in Clarinet and studied Music Education. He graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music Degree. Michael is the adjunct woodwind instructor at Langston University and is an adjunct instructor of clarinet and saxophone at East Central University.
Michael studied Clarinet with David Etheridge, Joseph Balogh, Larry McDonald, David Bell, and Eric Ginsberg. He has played in master classes presented by Donald Montanaro, Tom Martin, Harold Wright, Stanley Hasty, Alan Balter, Leon Russianoff, and Alan Hacker. He has studied saxophone with Gail Hall, Jerry Neil Smith, and Jack Sisson, and flute with Valerie Watts and Nancy Stizza.
Michael has been active as a performer, studio teacher, clinician, and adjudicator in Oklahoma, California, and North Dakota. He was principal clarinet of the Minot Symphony, and has performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Tulsa Opera, the Tulsa Philharmonic, the Oklahoma Community Orchestra, the Talk of the Town Big Band, and the Joe Whitecotton Jazztet. He also very much enjoys collaborating in chamber music and new music. A native Oklahoman, Michael’s musical ambitions are to mentor young people for careers in music and to bring people together by sharing music with them.