Dean to Present Faculty Clarinet Recital March 7


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Michael Dean will present a Faculty Clarinet Recital March 7 in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at the River Campus.


Feb. 22, 2010 – Michael Dean, associate professor of clarinet and saxophone at Southeast Missouri State University, will present a Faculty Clarinet Recital on March 7 at 3 p.m. in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at the River Campus.

Dean will be assisted by Ryan Bolinger, piano; Tanesha Reeves, flute; and Laura Ross, oboe.

The program will include Brahms’ “Sonata No. 1 in F Minor,” Rossini’s “Introduction, Theme, and Variations,” Arnold’s “Divertimento,” and two pieces by Robert Fruehwald, professor of music at Southeast, “Summer Sunrise on the Mississippi,” and “Distant Voices,” one of which will be premiered at this recital.

Dean has performed internationally and across the United States as a recitalist and master clinician to much acclaim.  On a recent tour of music schools in England, he was praised as “dynamic,” “inspirational,” “super” and “a brilliant performer.”  The tour was highlighted by a two-day residency at the world-renowned Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Dean, who serves as president of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI), has appeared as a recitalist at Carnegie Hall, the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest conference, and the NACWPI National Symposium. Recently, he gave recitals and master classes at prestigious university music schools on tours of New York, California, Florida and Texas – including Eastman, Ithaca, Crane, Cal Arts, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Long Beach, Florida State, TCU, SMU and the University of North Texas.

His recent CD, “Desertscape: New Music for Clarinet,” consists of works he has commissioned and premiered. In a recent review of the CD, the NACWPI Journal said, “Dean performs the works here admirably, and makes them all sound easy, the mark of a true professional. His use of dynamic contrasts is especially striking.” In another recent review, MusicWeb International praised Dean’s clarinet tone and his “expressive phrasing.” The CD is available for purchase and digital download at,,, and

Dean will be featured performing on an upcoming new CD, “Woodwind Music of Robert Fruehwald. Distant Voices,” premiered on this recital, will be included on the recording. The CD is currently in preparation and will be available in summer 2010. Dean also appears as chamber musician and soloist on another CD, “Red Mesa Trio.”

In addition to commissioning, premiering, and editing numerous new clarinet works, Dean has published a book, Clarinet On Campus. His publications also include articles in journals such as WINDPLAYER, Southwestern Musician, NACWPI Journal and The Bandmasters’ Review.  Additionally, he is the founder and director of the annual Southeast Missouri Single Reed Day festival.

More information about Dean can be found on his Web page at