Dr. Andrew Seigel is the Associate Professor of Clarinet at the State University of New York at Fredonia. He recently joined the faculty of SUNY Fredonia following positions at Southeastern Louisiana University, Michigan State University, Albion College, and Spring Arbor University.
Seigel’s scholarly and musical pursuits have taken him around the world. He studied with Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr at Michigan State University as a Distinguished Fellow. Two years as a Fulbright Scholar in Budapest allowed him to attend Hungary’s Franz Liszt Academy of Music, where he worked with clarinetists Tibor Dittrich and Jozsef Balogh and composer Istvan Lang. Originally from California, Seigel received degrees from California State University - Fresno, where he studied with Miles Ishigaki. Additionally, he has had the privilege of working with Australian clarinetist Peter Jenkin, British scholar Colin Lawson and American virtuosi Charles Neidich and Ted Oien.
Dr. Seigel currently serves as the second clarinetist of the Western New York Chamber Orchestra, and also plays with the Erie Philharmonic. Prior to arriving in New York, he performed in orchestras throughout the country. Most recently, he held chairs in the Baton Rouge and Gulf Coast Symphonies. He played bass and Eb clarinet with the Grand Rapids Symphony, recording a number of compact discs and performing with them on their 2005 anniversary tour to New York City’s Carnegie Hall. He has also performed with the West Shore Symphony, Symphony Northshore, the Mobile Symphony, the Acadiana Symphony the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, the Fresno Philharmonic, the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble and the Tulare Symphony.
Dr. Seigel has performed recitals throughout the US and in Hungary, Germany, and Romania. He has appeared as a soloist with ensembles in New York, California, Michigan and Louisiana, and was a featured performer at the 1998 Fulbright Musical Gala in Berlin, Germany.
As a chamber musician, Dr. Seigel plays in the Fredonia Woodwind Quintet. He also performs as half of The Silverwind Duo with his wife, flutist Nicole McPherson. The Duo’s recent recording “American Kaleidoscope,” was just released on the Emeritus label. It features premiere recordings of works by Sy Brandon, Jane Brockman and Robert Wykes.
Dr. Seigel is an active performer, clinician and adjudicator. He has recently has given clinics NYSSMA Winter Conferences and the College Music Society’s Regional Conference. He performed and presented research at the International Clarinet Association’s 2008 ClarinetFest in Kansas City, and will be performing in Austin, TX at the 2010 ClarinetFest. During the summer, he is a faculty artist at the New England Music Camp in Maine.