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Michael Dean

Department of Music
 Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

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Dr. Michael Dean is Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  Born in Dallas, Texas, he holds degrees in clarinet performance from Texas Tech University (Ph.D.), the University of Colorado at Boulder (M.M.), and the University of Texas at Arlington (B.M.). His teachers include Robert Walzel, Philip Aaholm, Carol Jessup, Bob Ackerman, and Jess Youngblood.

Dr. Dean is an active recitalist, soloist, and clinician and has performed across the United States. He will be appearing as a recitalist at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City in March of 2002. On a recent tour with the Red Mesa Trio, Dr Dean  performed as a recitalist at Rutgers University, Peabody Conservatory, Westminster Conservatory, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  He was also a recent recitalist at the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors' National Symposium at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Dr. Dean appears as chamber musician and soloist on a recently released CD,  Red Mesa Trio.  The CD includes chamber and solo works for clarinet, violin, and piano by Khachaturian, Ives, Bolcom, and Bimstein. In addition to Dr. Dean on clarinet, the Red Mesa Trio CD features Philip Baldwin (University of Puget Sound) on violin, and Carol Stivers (UNLV) on piano. (The Red Mesa Trio CD is available at Clarinet Books and

Dr. Dean was recently principal clarinet of the Southwest Symphony Orchestra and Woodwind Quintet in St. George, Utah . He is currently clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra in Paducah, Kentucky and the Southeast Chamber Players (faculty ensemble at Southeast Missouri State University). He has performed with the Nevada Symphony Orchestra, Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of Southern Utah, the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra, the Garland Symphony Orchestra and the Red Mesa Trio. As a clarinetist and woodwind specialist Dr. Dean has performed in more than 30 musicals and operas.

Prior to his current faculty position at Southeast Missouri State University, Dr. Dean held faculty appointments at Southern Utah University, McMurry University and Eastfield College. While in graduate school he held teaching assistantships in clarinet at Texas Tech University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. For the past 20 years Dr. Dean has maintained an applied clarinet studio for high school students. He has given numerous clinics, performances, workshops, lecture-demonstrations, etc. at high schools, colleges, and universities.

He has premiered and edited several new works including Phillip Bimstein’s Half Moon at Checkerboard Mesa (for clarinet and tape) and Keith Bradshaw’s Desertscape (for clarinet and piano), commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Composition. Dr. Dean has published articles in WINDPLAYER magazine, the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal, and other professional journals. Dr. Dean's book, Clarinet On Campus, was published in 1997.

He has given performances, presentations, and workshops at national, regional, and state conferences including the College Music Society Rocky Mountain Chapter's Conference, the International Clarinet Association's ClarinetFest Conference, the North American Saxophone Alliance Region II Conference, the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors' National Symposium (see above), and the Utah Music Educators Association Conference. He was also the founder and director of Southern Utah University’s annual SUU Single Reed Day festival for high school and college students.