Michael Tran

Moos Elementary Clarinet Coach

Michael Tran is a freelance clarinetist in the Chicago area. He has a diverse career as a performer and educator. He is currently an Associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and has performed with the Chicago Sinfonietta, Ocala Symphony, and the Fifth Wave Collective. As an educator he has given recitals, masterclasses, and clinics at universities across the country.

Michael graduated from DePaul University with his M.M. in Music Performance and his B.M. in Music and M.S. in Management at the University of Florida. He conducted his studies with Stephen Williamson, Julie DeRoche, Jackie Glazier, and Mitchell Estrin. He is also the Artistic Advisor at the Vandoren Musician’s Advisory Studio in Chicago and has served in that role for over five years.

Who is your favorite musician/piece/song to listen to and why?

I think listening the the Bach Violin or Cello Suites are always interesting, because you pick up different things as you listen. As you listen to different recordings and develop as a musician, you can always find something new and hear it in from a different perspective.

What is your favorite musical memory from when you were young?

Being a beginner was one of my favorite experiences as a musician. Learning new notes, figuring out how to make new sounds, and just the general excitement of being curious about the clarinet was a lot of fun as a young musician.

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