Jere Kizer Douglas
Musical Experiences
JKD 6/1/2012

Jere Douglas, award winning clarinetist and clinician, began his musical career on the piano at the tender age of 5 years old studying in the Berl Olswanger Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. He continued his musical growth in the junior and chancel choirs of Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis along with picking up the Clarinet in the 9th grade at Milan High School working under the tutelage of Mr. Robert Hodge.

Jere Kizer Douglas -Bio Jere Douglas, award winning clarinetist and clinician, began his musical career on the piano at the tender age of 5 years old studying in the Berl Olswanger Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. He continued his musical growth in the junior and chancel choirs of Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis along with picking up the Clarinet in the 9th grade at Milan High School working under the tutelage of Mr. Robert Hodge. From these beginnings in classical and jazz, Jere has performed with the Germantown Symphony, Memphis Symphony, in musicals on Broadway and in London, with Ray Charles, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow, Joyce Cobb, Count Basie, Doobie Brothers, and is a well recognized session and pit musician. Jere is a freelance musician and has played in many of the major and minor symphonies as a fill in. As a clinician, Jere has taught around the US, including through the Mid-America Arts Alliance, TMEA, NAMTA and various regional and state organizations. He has performed as guest soloist with ensembles in Japan, England, Australia, Korea, Thailand, China, Germany, and as Artist in Residence at “The Clearing” Sister Bay, Wisconsin, Woodwind Specialist Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Jere is a sensitive performer with a unique edge to interpretations of works from Baroque to New Age, a specialist in new compositions and techniques looking to expand the repertoire for the clarinet though various ensemble mixtures and rhythmic complexities. His boundless energy is focused on commissioning works by new composers. His performances are inspiring and completely encompassing, taking audiences to a higher level of experience. Jere comes across the footlights with powerful musical statements that are inspiring to many. Jere is an ardent supporter of personal growth and education and shares his life experiences through private coaching with students from around the world. He is also involved in various charitable organizations promoting health and wellbeing. An avid cook, reader, and civic organizer, Jere is a consummate well-rounded person.

“Pick your personal mentors and teachers with great care, and with the emphasis on your personal career, not the world of academia,” exhorts Jere. “Make your own way, even if it means stepping outside the box. I actually created my own course of study, much to the chagrin of others. I have ended with the appropriate credentials that look nice on a wall-- but the substance behind the paperwork is truly what’s important to me.”

Current Bio In the disastrous year of 2008, I suffered a devastating episode/stroke that left me senseless and helpless and very afraid. As the year passed by and recovery began for me, we moved into a new home and I began to look at my life, where I’ve been and where I was at that time. Taking a live evaluation, thinking my life was over, I finally went back to the thing I love most in life, playing the clarinet. Well, a disparity of thought at the time as I was just beginning to talk again in a perceptual way and was not totally functioning at the time, but I picked up the horns anyway and began a journey that I continue to this day. The first notes were insanely bad, squeaks, squawks and something horrendous. However, as I continued each day to do a little more, I began to get enthused, I had a focus point in my life again and something to train the brain to center and find that place of solace and solitude in the vibration of the reed against my lips and the wonderful feeling of accomplishment with each passing day. I did not have a physical therapist and being the individualist I am, pushed myself to do better and to figure out how to come back to a performance standard I dearly treasure. Frustrations come and go, but I keep at it. Scales, Scales in Thirds (Thank You Dr. Gholson), Fingers and finger movement (Thank You Leon Russianoff), Musical Integrity (Thank You Alan Balter) and a wonderful discipline with attention to every detail of the practice and working through problems with the fingers and the vision (Thank You Mr. Marcellus). At the time, my eyes would not focus on the notes themselves and were still floating around the page and my thought process’s were here and there. As time progressed, I became adamant with myself and pushed to achieve that focus of sound, timbre and smoothness of the tongue movement and the shape of the wind column, working very meticulously on even the slightest perception of imperfection in my playing. Each day became a chore dealing with these issues, fears, anger at myself and other aspects seemed to be moving slowly, but with persistence I knew I could and would be a lot better. Suddenly, a flash of light went off in my pea brain and it occurred to me that the scales were becoming more commonplace to me and the etudes that I could hardly see were coming into focus, and thus began the major journey of recovery.

Lifetime Awards and Associations United States Jaycees Speaker of the Year United States Jaycees Presidential Award, CPG Christmas Children’s Shopping Spree Honorary Black Belt Christian Martial Arts Association Lubrani Clarinet Award For excellence in Clarinet Performance Sigma Chi Fraternity (Legacy) Man of the Year Memphis, Tennessee Special Olympics Okinawa, Japan Eunice Kennedy Shriver Special Olympics San Diego Calif. Eunice Kennedy Shriver Special Olympics New York Eunice Kennedy Shriver St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Memphis, Tenn. Fundraising Life Member/Affiliation Musicians Union, Screen Actors Guild, AGO, Actors Equity Broadway Cares Contributor New York City/Worldwide Heartstrings National Tour Musician Miss Tennessee/Miss America Consultant Ambassador of Goodwill, State of Tennessee Governor Dunn Through Governor McWherter Volunteer Efforts and Awareness International Consortium for the eradication of Land Mines International Consortium Action for Disabled People, World Health Organization, United Nations National Consortium Health Care Mentor, Stroke Survivors and their Care Givers Volunteer, American Heart Association Volunteer, American Cancer Society Advisory, Ryan White Commission National and State of Tennessee Toys for Tots, United States Marine Corps Event organizer/planner/Volunteer Arkansas Arts Council Gov Clinton Clinician, Music in Education WTSBOA Artist Development within These Universities/Conservatories University of Tennessee U.S. Naval School of Music University of Memphis Julliard Northwestern Royal Academy of Music, London, England Royal Academy of Music, Copenhagen, Denmark San Francisco Conservatory Suzuki Institute, Kyoto, Japan

The Experiences Statement of Purpose: This was a very special way of doing these things, due to my clarinet teacher being blind from diabetes and to proliferate his sharing in a very valid way for everyone, not just a few. Musical Lineage consists of on Clarinet – Simeon Bellison, Daniel Bonade, Robert Marcellus, and Alan Balter Conducting/Interpretation Lineage, varied and multidiscipline. Treatise – Live Oration and Performance on the Sackbut and the 3 keyed D Clarinet, with a lecture discussion on the development of the instrument and it’s implication in the tonal colorings of the orchestra. Treatise – Discussions with Robert Marcellus on the Mozart Concerto and the Mozart Quintet, with discussion and performance. (IE: The transitional period between the Classical and Romantic Periods of World/Musical History and the implications on interpretation thereof). The Teachers: (Freelance Performance Artist) On Clarinet: Robert Marcellus Principle Clarinetist Cleveland Orchestra, Northwestern University, Cleveland Conservatory Maestro Alan Balter Conductor Memphis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Akron Symphony, Winner Tokyo Grand Prix Conducting Principle Clarinetist Atlanta Symphony Leon Russianoff Julliard Anthony D’Andrea University of Tennessee Robert Hodge Milan, Tennessee, Lead Tenor Count Basie Orchestra Dr. James Gholson University of Memphis, Principle Clarinet Memphis Symphony Leonard Bernstein New York Philharmonic (1980) Coach Carnegie Hall performance of sonata Aaron Copland Master Classes on Copland Concerto and other compositions Oboe Mr. Pete Evans Milan High School Band Dr. Wright University of Memphis Saxophone Mr. Alan Rippe University of Memphis Mr. Robert Hodge Milan High School Piano: Studies with: Miss Francis McFadden Presbyterian Day School Berl Olswanger Berl Olswanger Studios Angie Case Newport University of Memphis Organ: Dr. Charles Parham Organist, First United Methodist Church Mrs. Jerome P. Robertson Organist, Second Presbyterian Church Vocal: Mr. Tommy Ashcraft Minister of Music, Second Presbyterian Church

Robert Shaw George Beverly Shea Luciano Pavarotti

Atlanta, Chorus Studies, Shaw Chorale Billy Graham Crusades Vocal Interpretations with Instrumentals

Conducting studies and Master Classes: Leonard Bernstein New York Philharmonic Clarinet Sonata, Conducting, Composition, New York City James Levine Metropolitan Opera Choral/Orchestral Conducting, Interpretation Alan Balter Memphis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony. San Francisco Conservatory Clarinet, Conducting, Computer Robert Shaw Atlanta Choral/Orchestral Conducting Francis Macbeth University of Miami Wind Ensemble Arranging, Conducting Alfred Reed University of Miami Arranging, Conducting Freddy Fennel Eastman School of Music Wind Ensemble Methodology John Williams Composer and conductor of Boston Pops Conducting, Interpretation Hideo Suzuki Osaka, Japan Suzuki Method Cliff Baker Arkansas Repertory Theatre Staging, Acting, Vocals Currently CEO/Artistic Director of Wildwood Park for the Arts on the western edge of Little Rock, Arkansas. The park focuses on multidisipinary experiences, exploring the Culinary, Horticultural, Literary, Visual, Healing and Performing Arts. Founder/Producing Artistic Director of Arkansas Repertory Theatre (1976-l999) Corporate Leadership Consultant with Goss-Reid Associates (l999 to present) Dr. Burton Fine Principle Violist, Boston Symphony String Ensembles and Solo Interpretative Analysis John Rutter Memphis, Tennessee/London England Performance, Conducting, Interpretation, Rhythmic Complexities Dr. Donald Freund University of Memphis Premiere Performance of Mass

Professional Organizations/Affiliations: U.S. Naval School of Music Marine Band First Marine Aircraft Wing Band, Soloist/Concertmaster First Marine Division Band, Soloist/Section Leader/Concertmaster

Memphis Symphony, Clarinet Various pit orchestras on Broadway, London and tours, Arkansas Rep Clinician Milan High School Bands, TMEA, Private Instruction, Ensemble Coaching Performances: Premieres (Limited List) Fine - Sonata For Clarinet and Piano, Pending Freund - Mass Rutter - Requiem Williams -“No Business Like Show Business” Hobbs - Five Statements For Solo Clarinet Rice – “Good Woman Of Szechuan” Richens – “Elvis Concerto” Richens – “March of the Peabody Ducks” Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber – Requiem

Student Ensembles U. S. Naval School of Music, Concertmaster Wind Ensemble/Quintet University of Memphis Wind Ensemble, Concertmaster University of Tennessee Wind Ensemble, Concertmaster Southern Winds Quintet, Clarinet Collegium Musicum, University of Tennessee, Recorder/Sakbut Graduate Woodwind Quintet, University of Memphis Student Musicals Music Man, First Performance, 1971 Clarinet/Tenor Sax, Flute Oklahoma, Clarinet/Alto Sax Guys and Dolls, Clarinet Babes In Toyland, Piano

Professional Pit Orchestra’s, Woodwind Doubler Tony/Grammy Award Winners Ain’t Misbehavin Chorus Line Evita London and New York Oklahoma Music Man Phantom of the Opera London and New York Best Little Whorehouse In Texas A Little Night Music Side By Side By Sondheim Nureyev and Friends Nutcracker Ballet 42nd Street Sound Of Music National Tour Sing For Your Supper National Tour Good Woman of Szechuan Premiere Guys and Dolls Revival South Pacific Revival Street Light Serenader’s – Dixieland Clarinetist Performed With/Toured With: Ray Charles James Hyter Rudolph Nureyev, Nureyev and Friends Bette Midler Mikhail Baryshnikov, Nutcracker Barbara Streisand Beverly Sills Ruthie Welting Kallien Esperian Michael Rice Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber John Rutter Joyce Cobb Ruby Wilson Dr. Kelly VanHackleman, Solo Recitals Michelle Walker Marshall Fine Sasha Von Daschau Sue English Contemporary Chamber Players Germantown Symphony, Principle Clarinet Fish Creek Chamber Ensemble Jonesboro Symphony, Principle Clarinet Count Basie Orchestra Duke Ellington Donna Summer BB King Beethoven Club Doobie Brothers Black Oak Arkansas Iwakuni Chamber Ensemble Bob Hope Stan Mark Stan Getz Boots Randolph Hank Williams Jr. Patti Page Bill Clinton Heart Strings Arkansas Repertory Theatre: Ain’t Misbehavin, Sing For Your Supper, Good Woman Mid America Arts Alliance, Tours through Midwest USA Shower of Stars, St. Jude’s, Choral and Woodwinds Contemporary Chamber Players , Memphis, Tennessee

Signature Performance Pieces Brahms Clarinet Quintet First and Second Sonatas Hindemith Sonata Copland Concerto Dr. Marshall Fine Sonata for Clarinet and Piano based on video game themes James Hobbs Five Statements for Solo Clarinet Stravinsky Three Pieces Beethoven Trios Brahms Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano Mozart Clarinet Concerto Soloist – First Marine Aircraft Wing Band, Iwakuni, Japan First Marine Division Band, Camp Pendleton, California Beethoven Club, Memphis, Tennessee White House Commands – Nixon, Carter, Ford, Bush, Clinton Arkansas Governors’ Mansion – Gov. Clinton Royal Commands – Emperor Hirohito, Crown Prince Akihito, Queen Beatrix, Queen Noir, Queen Elizabeth Parlor Project Artist in Residence The Clearing, Sister Bay Wisconsin Woodwind Specialist, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Little Rock, Arkansas Mid America Arts Alliance Iwakuni Commercial High School, Iwakuni, Japan Suzuki Institute, Kyoto, Japan Performers for Peace, Hiroshima, Japan Musical Time Line and Teaching Experience available on request.

Peter Spurbeck, Cellist with Yo Yo Ma Memphis, Tennessee 1998

Professional References: Teaching (former students) Dr. Derek Jones Woodwind Specialist, former Department Head Music Department Lambuth University, Jackson, Tennessee. Currently Band Director, Kentucky, Recording Artist Department Head, Jazz Studies, Murray State University, Founder Todd Hill Jazz Ensemble, Recording Artist Director of Bands, Georgia Tech Jazz/Blues Recording Artist, Nashville, Tennessee Minister of Music, Boulder Colorado Trumpet Specialist, Milan, Tennessee

Dr. Todd Hill

Dr. Andrea Brown Mr. Andy Brown Dr. James Ramsey Dr. Derek Evans Performing Mrs. Michelle Walker-Pellay Dr. Kelly Ker Hackleman Mr. Vance Reger Dr. Kennith Freeman Ms. Joyce Cobb

Assistant Principle Violist, Memphis Symphony Pianist, National Symphony, Washington, DC Oboe Soloist, Palm Springs, California Professor of Piano, Arkansas International Blues Performing/Recording Artist, Memphis, Tennessee