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Biography



Janice L. Minor enjoys an active career as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral player, clinician, and music educator. She has performed and appeared in a wide variety of venues and festivals throughout the United States and Europe including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Rococo Theater in Schwetzingen Germany, the Puccini Theater in Italy, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Aspen, Staunton and Music at Penns Woods Music Festivals, as well as the Lucca Music Festival in Italy and the Saarburger Serenaden: International Music Festival in Germany. National and international conference appearances include performances and clinics at the International Clarinet Association/ClarinetFest, the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, the National Flute Association, the International Double Reed Society Conference, and The Midwest Clinic: An International Band and Orchestra Conference. Solo appearances with orchestras/wind ensembles include the United States Army Europe Band in Heidelberg, Germany, the Lucca Festival Orchestra in Lucca, Italy, the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the Cincinnati Eighteenth Century Ensemble, and the Northwest Symphony Orchestra. As an orchestral player, she has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, Cincinnati Opera, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Opera Roanoke and performed on soundtracks for The Discovery Channel and National Geographic. 

A native of Long Island, New York, Dr. Minor began her formal clarinet studies attending the Juilliard School of Music Preparatory Division. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the State University of New York-Purchase College where she studied with Ben Armato of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She graduated from Northwestern University with a double Master of Music degree, receiving high honors, Pi Kappa Lambda, in music performance and music education, where she studied with Clark Brody and Robert Marcellus. Dr. Minor worked with Chicago Symphony Orchestra clarinetists, Larry Combs and John Bruce Yeh, while earning an Artist Diploma from DePaul University. She was awarded the teaching assistantship at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree studying with Ronald de Kant.

Dedicated to her role as artist-teacher, Dr. Minor is a passionate educator who is frequently invited to present master classes and clinics throughout the country and abroad. She is currently Clarinet Artist-in-Residence and Woodwind Recruitment Consultant at LIU Post, Department of Music teaching applied clarinet and leading recruitment activities for the woodwind area. Her previous teaching positions include Clarinet Professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. the Saarburger Serenaden: International Music Festival and School in Saarburg, Germany and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, as well as Director of Instrumental Music in District 64 Park Ridge/Niles, Illinois and the GEMS World Academy-Chicago.

Janice L. Minor is a Buffet Crampon U.S.A. performing artist-clinician performing exclusively on Buffet Crampon clarinets and music reviewer for The Clarinet, the official journal of the International Clarinet Association.

Her recently released CD The Recital Clarinetist with pianist Paulo Steinberg is now available on Amazon, iTunes, Summit Records website and several national and international music distributors.

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Kennedy Center Performances:

Tribute to Debussy
Janice L. Minor, clarinet, Beth Chandler, flute, Eric Ruple, piano
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Terrace Theater, Washington D.C.,
February 4, 2012 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Live Stream:  http://www.kennedy-center.org/explorer/videos/?id=M4924

The Music of John Hilliard
Quartet for clarinet, violin, cello and piano, Piano Concerto no. 2
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Terrace Theater, Washington D.C.,
January 31, 2007

The Montpelier Wind Quintet Recital
Beth Chandler, flute, Michele Kirkdorffer, oboe, Janice L. Minor, clarinet,
Susan Barber, bassoon, Abigail Pack, horn
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Terrace Theater, Washington D.C.,
March 15, 2006

Clinics/Presentations:

The 68th Annual Midwest Clinic: An International Band and Orchestra Conference
Janice L. Minor, Clinician/Performer
Clarinet Clinic: “Clarinets BIG and small – How to Utilize them ALL!”
McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois, December 19, 2014

2012 International Clarinet Association/ClarinetFest
Janice L. Minor, Presenter/Performer
Rose 40 Etudes “Daniel Bonade Style”
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska, August 2, 2012

The 60th Annual Midwest Clinic: An International Band and Orchestra Conference
Janice L. Minor, Clinician/Performer
Clarinet Clinic: Clarinet 1, 2, 3 – Clarinet 101: The basic fundamental skills and
repertoire for clarinet every director should know for their beginner to college level student.
Chicago Hilton and Towers, Chicago, Illinois, December 22, 2006

The 57th Annual Midwest Clinic: An International Band and Orchestra Conference
The Montpelier Wind Quintet: Beth Chandler, flute, Michele Kirkdorffer, oboe,
Janice L. Minor, clarinet, Susan Barber, bassoon, Abigail Pack, horn. Clinicians/Performers
The Quintessential Quintet: Using the Woodwind Quintet to Improve your Instrumental Music
Program.
Chicago Hilton and Towers, Chicago, Illinois, December 17, 2003

2003 Virginia Music Educators’ Association Conference
The Montpelier Wind Quintet: Beth Chandler, flute, Michele Kirkdorffer, oboe,
Janice L. Minor, clarinet, Susan Barber, bassoon, Abigail Pack, horn. Clinicians/Performers
The Quintessential Quintet: Using the Woodwind Quintet to Improve your Instrumental Music
Program.
Norfolk, Virginia, November 21, 2003

Clarinet Concerto in A Major K. 622 for Basset Clarinet: Lecture Recital
Janice L. Minor, Basset Clarinet
*Lecture recital/basset clarinet performance on Clarinet Concerto in A Major K. 622
for Basset Clarinet by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, May 16, 2002
James Madison University, April 28, 2002