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on the piano at the tender age of 5 years old (1962) 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 through 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. Jere is also a licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Dietician through Douglas Nursing Home, INC along with certifications as a 6 Sigma Black Belt, Microsoft Certifications and a risk management specialist in the financial and manufacturing sectors. As an advisor, Jere is also involved with Presidential and Congressional commissions dealing with health care advocacy and international relations. He is also affiliated with Broadway Cares, St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital and the Center for Disease Control and was part of the collaborative effort for the Debakey Heart Diet. “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 life evaluation, thinking it was over, I finally went back to the thing I love most in life, playing the clarinet. I had 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 to 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 Teachers Lineage: Musical Lineage consists of on Clarinet – Simeon Bellison, Daniel Bonade, Leon Russianoff, 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). Professional Studies: Freelance Musician On Clarinet: Robert Marcellus Maestro Alan Balter Principle Clarinetist Cleveland Orchestra, Northwestern University, Cleveland Conservatory Conductor Memphis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Akron Symphony, Winner Tokyo Grand Prix Conducting Principle Clarinetist Atlanta Symphony Julliard University of Tennessee Milan, Tennessee, Lead Tenor Count Basie Orchestra University of Memphis, Principle Clarinet Memphis Symphony Milan High School Band University of Memphis University of Memphis Milan High School
Leon Russianoff Anthony D’Andrea Robert Hodge Dr. James Gholson Oboe: Mr. Pete Evans Dr. Wright Saxophone Mr. Alan Rippe Mr. Robert Hodge
Piano: Miss Francis McFadden Berl Olswanger Angie Case Newport Organ: Dr. Charles Parham Mrs. Jerome Robertson Vocal: Mr. Tommy Ashcraft Robert Shaw George Beverly Shea Luciano Pavarotti
Presbyterian Day School Berl Olswanger Studios University of Memphis Organist, First United Methodist Church Organist, Second Presbyterian Church
Minister of Music, Second Presbyterian Church 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 Aaron Copland Master Classes on Copland Concerto and other compositions
Professional Organizations/Affiliations: U.S. Naval School of Music First Marine Aircraft Wing Band, Soloist/Concertmaster First Marine Division Band, Soloist/Section Leader/Concertmaster Various Symphony Orchestras, Clarinet Various pit orchestras on Broadway, London and tours, Arkansas Rep Clinician Milan High School Bands, TMEA, Private Instruction, Ensemble Coaching
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