Clarinet Studio

March 2, 2024

About the TCU Clarinet Studio

The TCU Clarinet Studio is currently home to 19 students pursuing undergraduate, masters, artist diploma, and doctoral degrees. Led by Dr. Corey Mackey, our vibrant studio is composed of national and international students who are dedicated to their craft and eager to push the limits of their skill and creativity.

Alumni of the TCU Clarinet Studio have gone on to secure prestigious graduate school placements, positions in orchestras and military bands, and jobs in higher education. Many alumni also teach in the Texas public school system and have led their ensembles to place in statewide band competitions and the MidWest Band and Orchestra Conference.

Here at TCU we’re developing the next generation of educators and performers to make a difference in the world. You can connect with the TCU Clarinet Studio on Facebook and Instagram.

Graduate Assistantships Available for You

TCU Clarinet Festival 2024

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Dr. Corey Mackey enjoys a multi-faceted career as an educator, orchestral musician, soloist, and chamber musician.  He recently joined the faculty of Texas Christian University’s School of Music as the Assistant Professor of Clarinet.

Mackey maintains a bustling national presence, while international tours have taken him to Europe and China.  He has appeared with Cincinnati-based ensemble concert:nova, Orchestra Iowa, Quad Cities Symphony (IA), Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Flagstaff Symphony, Richmond Symphony (IN), and has performed and recorded an album with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.  During his tenure as Principal Clarinet of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (2009-2020) he appeared as a featured soloist in concertos by Mozart and Copland.  A proponent of new music, Mackey has premiered and/or commissioned works by Carter Pann, Libby Larsen, Adam Gorb, Jim Stephenson, William Neil, and Nathan Daughtrey.  He is a founding member of the Mackey/Lienert Duo, a dynamic clarinet and percussion chamber ensemble whose debut album of new works for clarinet and percussion, Escape, was released in 2018 on the Mark Custom label.

An in-demand pedagogue, Dr. Mackey has presented masterclasses and guest recitals at universities across the country and in China.  He has performed at several conferences, including the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest, International Double Reed Society, International Tuba Euphonium Conference, Iowa Music Teachers Association, and the College Music Society’s National Conference.  Additional endeavors have included his appointment as Artistic Director of the Mineral Point Chamber Music Festival (WI), Founder and Artistic Director of the Blue Dish Music Festival, ICA Wisconsin State Chair, and host of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s Gen S community outreach events.  He has appeared as a guest artist several times on Wisconsin Public Radio’s All Classical Network and WDRT’s “Symphony Sunday” program.

Dr. Mackey holds a D.M.A. from the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, M.M. from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and B.M. in Music Education and Performance from Northern Arizona University. His principal teachers include Burt Hara, Richie Hawley, Jonathan Gunn, Jeremy Reynolds, and Michael Sullivan.  Prior to his appointment at TCU Dr. Mackey was the Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville.  He is a Buffet Group USA Artist – Clinician and D’Addario Performing Artist.

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  • 3 Concert Bands
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Chamber music
  • New Music Ensemble
  • TCU Clarinet choir

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Past Guests

  • Charles West, retired professor at VCU
  • Diana Haskell, St. Louis Symphony
  • Stephanie Ball, singer/author
  • Diane Barger, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Jeremy Reynolds, University of Denver
  • Vanessa Davis, Mesquite Symphony/Texas ISD Clarinet Specialist
  • Joshua Gardner, Arizona State University
  • Jeff Anderle, San Francisco Conservatory
  • Dr. Christopher Ayer, Stephen F. Austin University
  • Dr. Diane Barger, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • Dr. Denise Gainey, University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • Donald Montanaro, Curtis Institute of Music (retired)
  • Greg Raden, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
  • David Shifrin, Yale University
  • Robert Spring, Arizona State University

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For further information about the TCU Clarinet program, contact:
Dr. Corey Mackey
Assistant Professor of Clarinet