Michael Drapkin, Clarinet

Michael Drapkin was a member of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, as Associate Principal and Bass Clarinet and the New York City Opera Touring Company and Lake George Opera Festival, as Principal Clarinet. He has spent summers playing at Aspen and at Tanglewood as a Berkshire Music Center fellow, and performs regularly with fine chamber music groups.

Mr. Drapkin is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he studied with acclaimed master clarinet teacher D. Stanley Hasty, toured Japan with the Eastman Wind Ensemble under Donald Hunsberger, and played Principal Clarinet in the Eastman Philharmonia under David Effron. He also studied clarinet with Gary Gray, Charles Bay and Harold Wright.

He has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Portland Symphony, the Long Island Philharmonic, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and with conductors Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Michael Tilson Thomas, Neville Marriner, Leonard Slatkin, Lucas Foss, Christopher Keene, Klaus Tennstedt, Frederick Fennell, and many more celebrated orchestras and maestros.

Clarinet/Bass Clarinetist Michael Drapkin is considered one of the world's foremost experts on the bass clarinet primarily through his series of orchestral excerpt books, Symphonic Repertoire for the Bass Clarinet, Volumes One, Two, Three, and the upcoming Volume Four which is currently in production. His books have been the gold standard for bass clarinet orchestral study worldwide for the last 25 years, and are now referenced as a source for most bass clarinet orchestra auditions.

Mary Schani, Bass Clarinet

Mary Schani is bass clarinetist with the Austin Lyric Opera, and received her musical training at the University of Texas and the University of Michigan.

Her clarinet teachers include Mitchell Lurie, Stanley Hasty, George Silfies and Andrew Crisante. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at the Music Academy of the West, the Sarasota Music Festival, Chautauqua, and the Victoria International Fesitval (Canada).

In addition to performing with the Austin Lyric Opera, Ms. Schani is principal clarinetist with the Mid-Texas Symphony, and is a member of the Austin Chamber Music Center as well as several orchestras around Texas. She maintains an active teaching schedule in the Austin area and is the clarinet instructor at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth.

The Austin Clarinet Trio performs concerts, lecture demonstrations, and private events of all kinds. Please contact us at [email protected] or call 512-590-2544 to book an event.