Andrew Seigel, Associate Professor
About the area:
SUNY Fredonia’s clarinet studio is recognized and respected for its high level of
education, its friendly and creative atmosphere, and its successful alumni.
The clarinet studio is usually comprised of about 30 students, mostly a mix of undergraduate
music education, performance and therapy majors. Graduate clarinet students thrive
here and will enjoy a multitude of opportunities (teaching, professional orchestral
playing, etc.) to further their studies and career. The size of the clarinet studio
allows for an encouraging group that enjoys healthy competition, but is small enough
that everyone knows each other. There are two clarinet professors with a wide range
of knowledge and experience. Students have access to both teachers and benefit from
their collegial, cooperative approach to teaching. The clarinet students and teachers
comprise a single, supportive studio with two professors and a fantastic collection
of energetic and talented students.
All clarinet students receive a comprehensive education that is tailored to the needs
of the specific student. Ultimately, our goal is to empower students to become healthy,
well-rounded and self-reliant musicians. Independent thinking, self-analysis and
strong communication skills are stressed from the very first lessons. Improving sound
production, embouchure, articulation, technique, and musical interpretation are addressed
in every lesson. Study materials are drawn from fundamental scale and etude repertoire,
as well as clarinet solo, chamber and orchestral repertoire. Ensemble experiences
in one of four bands, two orchestras, a clarinet ensemble and many chamber groups
contribute to the rewarding music experience as a clarinet student at SUNY Fredonia.
Fredonia clarinet students have a long tradition of success. Recent graduates have
won teaching positions and auditioned into prestigious graduate programs. Alumni
are teaching at all levels and performing in major ensembles throughout the country.
Studying as a clarinet student at SUNY Fredonia’s School of Music is a vital first
step on the path to a rich, successful and satisfying musical life.
Undergraduate Degree Offerings
Graduate Degree Offerings