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December, 21, 2023
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM




College Chamber Ensemble


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Corey Mackey



Performer Details

Performer Bio Synopsis

The TCU Clarinet Ensemble (est. 2021) is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. The ensemble places an emphasis on preparing the next generation of performers and educators through innovative programming and performance tours serving the Dallas-Fort Worth community. Rapidly establishing a national presence, the ensemble recently performed at the 2022 International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest (Reno, NV) and 2023 Texas Music Educators Association Conference (San Antonio, TX). Central to the ensemble’s mission is contributing to the repertoire through the commission of new works for clarinet ensemble. Recent commissions and/or premiers have included works by Steven Bryant, Brian Nabors, Martin Blessinger, and Jeanie Murrow.

TCU Clarinet Ensemble

Conductor's Bio

Dr. Corey Mackey enjoys a multi-faceted career as an educator, orchestral musician, soloist, and chamber musician. He is the Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. 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, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Flagstaff Symphony, Richmond Symphony, 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 new works by Paul Schoenfeld, Carter Pann, Libby Larsen, Adam Gorb, Jim Stephenson, William Neil, William R. May, 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 as well as Europe and China. He has performed at several conferences, including the International Clarinet Association's ClarinetFest, European Clarinet Associations's Clarinet Congress in Krakow, Poland, Texas Music Educators Association Conference, International Double Reed Society, International Tuba Euphonium Conference, National Flute 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, 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. Corey Mackey is a Buffet Group USA Artist - Clinician and D’Addario Performing Artist.

Additional Directors

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Bobby Francis