Featured soloists for the 2022-2023 concert season
John Parrette began his clarinet studies at the age of eight with his father, who was the bass clarinetist of the Kansas City Philharmonic. He went on to study with Boston Symphony clarinetist Peter Hadcock at the New England Conservatory of Music, and received a Bachelor of Music degree with honors in clarinet performance in 1987. John runs a boutique clarinet shop called CLARION MUSICAL SERVICES, providing clarinets, accessories and instrument customization and repair services to clarinetists from around the world. His clients include EMI recording artist Julian Bliss, as well as members of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra. John was also a member of the West Point Band for 24 years, and served as principal clarinetist from 1996 until his retirement in 2011. In 2000 he gave the North-American premiere of Martin Ellerby’s Clarinet Concerto under the direction of maestro William Garlette, and In 2009 he made the world-premiere recording of Dana Wilson’s Liquid Ebony for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble. He has performed at the International Clarinet Association’s CLARINETFEST, and the Oklahoma University Clarinet Symposium. John enjoys cooking, brewing beer, running and recumbent triking, all of which pretty much cancel each other out.