Richard MacDowell, clarinetist, has taught and performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad. His study and degrees are from the Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory, Northwestern University, and Florida State University. He has studied clarinet with Robert Marcellus, Stanley Hasty, Leon Russianoff, and Fred Ormand. Before coming to the University of Texas at Austin, where he was Associate Professor of Clarinet for over 20 years, Mr. MacDowell taught at the Interlochen Arts Academy at Interlochen, MI. He has played in festivals in the Dominican Republic, the Killington, Maui, and in the International Clarinet Association annual festivals, and the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium. He has given recitals and master classes at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Oberlin Conservatory, Florida State University, Western Carolina University, and the University of Nebraska. He participated in the 2010 China Clarinet Festival in Nanying, China, and the Taiwan Clarinet Festival in Touen, Taiwan. He’s been the principal clarinet of numerous chamber orchestras, including the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Soloists of Austin, and the Victoria Bach Festival. He was co-artistic director and host for the 2010 ICA ClarinetFest in Austin. As well as a frequent guest with the Finger Lakes Chamber Ensemble, he has been on the faculties of Ithaca College, State University College at Oneonta, and Hartwick.
He has played principal clarinet with the Glimmerglass Opera, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and played with the Binghamton Philharmonic and Tri-Cities Opera.