Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet


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B.M. West Virginia University, M.M. Florida State University


Jeffrey Carwile was born in Winchester, Virginia to a family that knew little about music, though his mother could play piano by ear. After a failed attempt at playing the trombone, he saw a picture of a clarinet in the dictionary, and began teaching himself at age twelve. After many first chair regional and honor band wins, Jeff began his formal study of the clarinet at West Virginia University with Dr. John Weigand, earning his B.M. in Clarinet Performance in 1987. He continued his studies with Dr. Frank Kowalsky at the Florida State University, earning a M.M. in Performance and Pedagogy in 1989.

With a Master’s degree in hand, Jeff moved to Chicago, where he took lessons with the famous Robert Marcellus and Clark Brody. He then moved to New York City, where he practiced long hours, played weekend gigs, and studied privately while working full-time for Dean Witter Reynolds in the World Trade Center.

After the bombing of the World Trade Center, Jeff moved to San Francisco and continued his work in technology as Director of Information Technology for several successful start-up companies in Silicon Valley. In his spare time, he studied privately with David Breeden and Louis Baez of the San Francisco Symphony. During this period, he was principal clarinet with the San Jose Wind Symphony for over ten years, played many gigs with local orchestras, taught clarinet to hundreds of students, and was a founding member of the Ventos Wind Quintet.

After two years of concentrated study with Carey Bell, Jeff auditioned for the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 2005. He gave up his technology career to move back to his first love and began his studies in 2006 towards an Artist Diploma and Doctor of Musical Arts. He received a full scholarship and became the graduate teaching assistant to the leading pedagogue of clarinet, Richie Hawley. Jeff also mentored with Ronald Aufmann at NKU through the Preparing Future Faculty program at the University of Cincinnati. Jeff earned both his Artist Diploma from CCM and his Fellow Certificate from UC in April 2011. He will graduate in December 2012 with his Doctor of Musical Arts in Clarinet with a cognate in Music Theory.

An active orchestral and chamber musician, Jeff has played locally with the Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet, Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, Filmore Band, and the summer ensembles of the Dayton Philharmonic. He recently played the Pulitzer prize-winning Steve Reich Double Sextet with eighth blackbird at CCM and he is a long-standing member of Keith Brion’s “New Sousa Band,” which tours around the United States and went to eight destinations in China in early 2011. Jeff just finished a recording of Rick Sowash’s western-sounding Images of Mt. Emily for violin, clarinet, and piano. The cd, entitled Vistas, will be available in December 2012.

Jeff is dedicated to the education of the next generation of clarinetists and his students have received numerous accolades in the Cincinnati tri-state. Jeff is Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at the Northern Kentucky University where he teaches clarinet, chamber music, and music theory. He founded the NKU Clarinet Choir in Fall 2011, which is open to all high-school and exceptional younger students by band director recommendation or audition.

Jeff is also an Adjunct Professor at the College of Mount St. Joseph, and he teaches privately at the Erich Kunzel School for Creative and Performing Arts, Beechwood High School, Conner High School, Highlands High School, and Conner Middle School.