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American clarinetist and BG France Performing Artist MICHAEL DEAN "ClarinetMike" performs and teaches internationally and across the USA to consistent praise such as "world-class clarinetist and pedagogue," "consummate performer," "inspirational," "outstanding teacher," "super," "brilliant performer," and "one of the best clinicians I have ever seen." Dr. Michael Dean maintains a dynamic national and international profile with recent recitals and master classes in Italy, Spain, Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana, and Texas. In July, he returned to Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the Orfeo Music Festival 2017. He will tour Alabama and Texas in October with his Duo 35 (with saxophonist Todd Oxford) giving recitals and master classes, including a recital and presentation at the NACWPI National Conference 2017 at the University of Montevallo.

Dr. Dean has appeared as a clarinet recitalist at Carnegie Hall and has a sustained record of recitals, clinics, master classes, and presentations at international (ClarinetFest), national (NACWPI), and state (TMEA/TBA) conferences and festivals. He tours as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, and clinician internationally and across the USA. His tour of England was highlighted by stops at the Royal Northern College of Music, University of Sheffield, Colchester Institute, and Liverpool Hope University. In the USA, he's given recitals and master classes at universities and other venues in 21 states, including tours of New York, California, Arizona, Florida, Nevada, and Texas: Eastman, Ithaca, Crane, CalArts, Cal State Northridge, San Diego State, Cal State Long Beach, Arizona State, Arizona, Northern Arizona, Florida State, Florida, Central Florida, South Florida, UNLV, Rice, University of North Texas, TCU, Baylor, Texas State, SMU, Texas A&M Commerce, University of Texas at Arlington, Sam Houston State and others.

As a clarinet performing and recording artist, he has commissioned, premiered, edited, toured with, and recorded numerous new and lesser-known clarinet works. He is featured on New Media (YouTube) and five commercial CD's: Mysteries, Desertscape, Woodwind Music of Robert Fruehwald Volumes 1 and 2, and Red Mesa Trio. He is currently preparing another new CD, Postcards from Silver Lake. He has extensive experience as an orchestral, chamber, and orchestra pit musician: Abilene Philharmonic, Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio and Duo 35. He recently performed for 11 years with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra.

As "ClarinetMike," Michael Dean writes for his noted and widely-read "ClarinetMike Blog," clarinetmike.wordpress.com. The clarinet blog has been read in 150 countries on 6 continents. A recent Google Search listed his blog as the #1 clarinet blog in the world. He's also published articles in print journals such as WINDPLAYER, Southwestern Musician, NACWPI Journal, The Bandmaster's Review and online publications, such as Vandoren's widely-distributed WAVE e-newsletter.

Dr. Dean was previously Associate Professor of Clarinet and Saxophone (tenured) at Southeast Missouri State University for 11 years. In 2012, due to family concerns, he resigned his secure position at Southeast Missouri State University and returned home to his native Texas as a clarinet performer, teacher and clinician based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. An active clinician, he has given more than 300 clinics, master classes, and performances at high schools, colleges, universities, conservatories, conferences, etc.

He is a past president and former officer on the National Board of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI). He was Co-Director of the NACWPI/CMS 2012 National Conference (San Diego, CA), NACWPI 2011 National Conference (University of Florida) and the NACWPI/MENC 2010 National Conference (Washington, D.C.). At Southeast Missouri State University, he founded and directed the Southeast Missouri Single Reed Day annual festival for 10 years.

Dr. Michael Dean studied clarinet performance at Texas Tech University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Texas at Arlington. His teachers include Robert Walzel, Phil Aaholm, Carol Jessup, Jess Youngblood, Bob Ackerman and Pam Youngblood. Video and audio of his performing and teaching, as well as information on his CD's and other publications, are available at clarinetmike.com, clarinetmike.wordpress.com, and linkedin.com/in/clarinetmike. Mike and his family reside in Hurst, Texas