Michelle Anderson is a clarinetist and teacher who lives in Vancouver BC. She has been a professional performer and teacher for over 30 years and plays regularly with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Lionsgate Sinfonia, and the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble. She has studied the clarinet at University of Toronto, and several summers at the Aspen Music School. Her principal teachers have been Ted Oien, Connie Gitlin, Joaquin Valdepenas and Bil Jackson.
Michelle performs chamber music regularly as a featured performance with West Coast Chamber Music, as well as with the Harmonie Trio with Heather Hay and Rosemary O’Connor. Her groups often perform as part of the Silk Purse concert series and at the Gordon Smith Gallery.
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Michelle is the Founder of Clarinet Mentors, the largest online clarinet teaching resource in the world. Her YouTube channel is viewed by thousands of people every day. Her specialty is collecting and sharing technics that make clarinet more understandable and approachable for clarinetists worldwide. Her YouTube videos cover many of the important fundamental skills required to play the clarinet more easily. Her online courses give clarinetists all of the tools they need to master particular areas of performance through downloadable video lessons, repertoire and worksheets.
Michelle has been a featured masterclass leader and lecturer at International Clarinet Association Conferences, the Backun International Clarinet Competition and at the Clarinet Celebration with Chamber Music Northwest. She was the featured clarinet soloist with the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles in 2015. She was a founding member of the Aspen Wind Players, which was the first student wind quintet offered a winter residency in Aspen Colorado. She has led educational presentations at UBC WindFest as well as Kwantlen Day of Woodwinds.
Michelle is in high demand as a clarinet teacher and has become a specialist at creating amateur adult clarinet programs for international clarinet events. Michelle is a Backun Musical Services Artist.