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Margaret Thornhill

Artistic Director and clarinet coach, Margaret Thornhill, has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in the US and Europe, and has been a member of the faculty at Stanford University, UC Santa Cruz, Occidental College, and Concordia University. Masterclass leader, chamber music coach, author, clinician and conductor of the LA Clarinet Choir, she teaches privately in Los Angeles.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Hakan Rosengren

2017 Guest masterclass leader Hakan Rosengren is an internationally acclaimed soloist and chamber musician who performs and teaches in the USA, Europe, Asia, South America, and Israel. A native of Sweden, he is a frequent soloist with orchestras in the Nordic countries. He is a member of the artist-faculty at the International Festival-Institute at Round Top, Texas, and at California State University Fullerton.

David Howard

2017 Guest teaching artist David Howard has been a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1981. Since 1986, he has served on the faculty of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California and has given masterclasses in Tel Aviv, Helsinki, Beijing, London, Stockholm and Caracas.

Wendy Mazon

Dr. Wendy Mazon is the Assistant Director and Director of Ensembles for Margaret Thornhill’s Claremont Clarinet Festival and Assistant Professor in Music at Pierce College where she teaches courses in music theory, musicianship and conducts the Pierce College Concert Band. Wendy is an avid freelance clarinetist and chamber musician who has held clinics, master classes, and performed in concerts both here and abroad. In 2012, she toured several provinces in the Philippines both performing and teaching for Filipino youth orchestras and local bands. Currently, Wendy performs with the Kayumanggi Quartet, the Lotus Chamber Ensemble and is the principal clarinetist for the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra.


In addition to teaching, performing and conducting, Dr. Mazon has presented her original research on lung function and musicians at the Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education in Tucson, Arizona, the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii, California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California and the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest in Austin, Texas.


Wendy Mazon holds a Doctorate in Musical Arts degree in music performance with a minor in music education from the University of Arizona, a Masters of Music degree in Music Performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education, both from California State University, Northridge.

Twyla Meyer

Collaborative pianist, Twyla Meyer, has coached and performed with clarinetists and singers, choral groups and chamber music ensembles in the studio and on the concert stage for over thirty years. She has been a mainstay of the Claremont Clarinet Festival since its inception. Ms. Meyer holds the MM in accompanying from the University of Southern California.

Frances Marsden

Frances Marsden's first experience with the Alexander Technique was when she was an acting student at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland. She was so profoundly affected by her first lessons that she decided to make teaching the Alexander Technique her life's work. She returned to London and was certified there as a teacher of the Alexander Technique in 1981 after completing a three-year, full-time program of instruction under the tutelage of Walter Carrington, a master teacher directly certified by F. M. Alexander. She moved to southern California in 1983.


Frances teaches privately and is also a member of the faculty and Board of Directors of the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles, Inc. She also teaches at Occidental College and California State University at Los Angeles. She is Chair of the Training Approval Committee of the American Society for The Alexander Technique.


Frances holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Liverpool University and a Diploma of Education from Leicester University.

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...clarinets playing together are indeed delightful - musical champagne, bubbly and crisp, perfect on a summer afternoon or evening.

John Pixley

Claremont Courier (mobile site) July 5, 2013

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