A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Angela is an active performer and educator in New York City.
In addition to performing regularly with The Chelsea Symphony, Angela is a member of chamber ensembles Quartet Kalos and Reeds Amis. Kalos will reunite in Reykjavík for a series of concerts in collaboration with the Icelandic composer Gísli Jóhann Grétarsson in October 2018. With thanks to a Live Arts Grant from the Boston Foundation, they participated in a residency at Avaloch Farm Institute in 2017. Kalos toured in Boston and New York in August 2015 after two tours in Sweden (2012, 2014) with Ensemble Evolution as part of the Double It Tour and the Midnight Sun Music Festival. The International Double Reed Society invited Reeds Amis to present and perform the unpublished works of Fernande Decruck in Tokyo at the IDRS Conference in August 2015. They recently released their first CD; Reeds Amis, The Reed Trios of Fernande Decruck and it can be purchased and/or streamed on CD Baby, iTunes, Google Play Music, and Spotify.
You can see and hear Angela on the Golden Globe winning television series Mozart in the Jungle, including a solo passage from Messiaen's Abîme des oiseaux from the Quartet for the End of Time in Episode 7 of Season 3, which was filmed on Rikers Island. A deeply moving experience, she has since worked behind the scenes to establish a chamber music program for the incarcerated with support of The Chelsea Symphony and the NYC Department of Corrections.
Angela performed the Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto with The Garden State Philharmonic in April 2018 and with The Chelsea Symphony in celebration of their 10th anniversary season in October 2015. In May 2012, Angela premiered “Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra,” dedicated to her by composer Seth Bedford, with The Chelsea Symphony.
A passionate music education advocate and teacher, Angela has extensive experience teaching both private and group clarinet lessons. She maintains an active clarinet studio with students of all ages and teaches a graduate level course entitled ‘Intro to Teaching Artistry’ at Mannes. Angela additionally serves as Director of Performing and Educational Events for In The Pocket NYC, a collective of teaching musicians who have come together to help invigorate New York City’s Arts Education Community with benefit events, innovative performances, and exceptional music instruction.
She received a B.A. in Clarinet Performance and Music Education from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.A. in Clarinet Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she received the Performer’s Certificate, the highest prize in performance. While at Eastman, Angela also won both the Jack L. Frank Award for Excellence in Community Teaching and the Teaching Assistant Prize for her work as an educator, additionally earning an Arts Leadership Certificate.
Angela has enjoyed playing with the Garden State Philharmonic, Binghamton Philharmonic, New Yorker Ensemble, Phoenix Ensemble, the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, the Ohio Light Opera Company, the International Opera Theatre Company of Italy, the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, the Point Chamber Orchestra, the Syracuse Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's Chamber Ensemble. She has performed at La Fenice in Venice, the United Nations, the Library of Congress, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall.
When Angela isn’t teaching or performing, she’s likely busy chasing after her three year old son Matteo and one year old son Rohan. She’s expecting her third boy this January!