American clarinetist Michael Dean’s extensive career has taken him across the USA and abroad headlined by appearances at Carnegie Hall, Royal Northern College of Music, Eastman, ClarinetFest, and NACWPI. His performing and teaching have been praised as “dynamic,” “wonderful,” “consummate performer,” “inspirational,” “outstanding teacher,” “super,” and “brilliant performer.” He is featured on five commercial CD’s and on New Media, such as YouTube. He is currently preparing another new clarinet CD, Postcards from Silver Lake. In July, he traveled to Spain to perform a recital at ClarinetFest 2015 in Madrid.
Dr. Dean has performed with the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, Nevada Symphony Orchestra, Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, Garland Symphony Orchestra, Mesquite Symphony Orchestra, Southeast Chamber Players, and the Red Mesa Trio. He recently performed for 11 years with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra. He has given more than 250 clinics, master classes, and performances at high schools, junior high schools, colleges, universities, conservatories, and conferences across the United States and beyond.
In addition to commissioning, premiering, and editing numerous new clarinet works, he has published a book, Clarinet On Campus. His articles have appeared in journals such as Southwestern Musician, WINDPLAYER, NACWPI Journal, and The Bandmasters’ Review. As “ClarinetMike,” he actively writes for his own widely-read clarinet blog, clarinetmike.wordpress.com.
Michael Dean is an active clarinet performer, teacher, and consultant based in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas Metroplex. He was recently a tenured Associate Professor of Clarinet for 11 years at Southeast Missouri State University. He returned to his native Texas in 2012 due to family illness. He maintains a large private lesson studio in the LD Bell Cluster and Waxahachie. He is a past president and former National Board officer of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI).
Dr. Michael Dean studied clarinet performance at Texas Tech University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Texas at Arlington. His professional web page, clarinetmike.com, features video and audio of his teaching and performing as well as information on his CD’s and other publications. He is a BG France Performing Artist.