Jennifer Stevenson, Clarinetist and Composer, earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts under Yehuda Gilad at the USC Thornton School of Music. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from DePaul University, where she studied with Larry Combs, principal clarinetist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and her Master of Music degree from Rice University, Houston, Texas, where she studied with Dr. Michael Webster.
She has performed with the American Symphony in Los Angeles, Orchestra X, the Woodlands Symphony, the Symphony of Southeast Texas, and the Classical Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. A featured guest artist at chamber music performances across the country, Dr. Stevenson has performed multiple times on Classical KUHF in Houston, and as part of the Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival. She is a founding member of the Vientos Trio, and is also a member of the Orion Winds and the Nucleus Ensemble, all in Los Angeles.
In addition to her activities as a performer, Dr. Stevenson has received recognition as a composer. Her works have been premiered at the Chicago Civic Center as part of the New Artists in Chicago Festival, and at the International Clarinet Association’s 1999 convention in Ostend, Belgium. Her work for unaccompanied English Horn will be released on the Liquid Ranch Records label in Spring 2009.
One of Dr. Stevenson’s passions is for music education and outreach. She is involved in designing innovative music programming as part of USC’s Residential Education program. Dr. Stevenson has taught at the Bellflower Institute of Arts, Music and Science, and the American Festival for the Arts in Houston, Texas, and a course in educational counseling at USC. She has performed at master classes with such great artists as Alfred Prinz, Eddie Daniels (jazz clarinet), John Bruce Yeh and Mitchell Lurie. As Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Definiens Project, Dr. Stevenson has received acclaim as a writer of musical works for children.