Robert DiLutis is currently the Professor of Clarinet at the University of Maryland, School of Music, College Park and in his 1st season as Principal Clarinetist of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. Mr. DiLutis previously served as Professor of Clarinet at the Louisiana State University School of Music from 2009-2012. He has also held positions with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony Orchestra and the Eastman School of Music. Mr. DiLutis has served on the faculties of St. Mary's University in Texas and Nazareth College in New York. His recent recitals and master classes have included the University of Georgia, University of California at Northridge, University of South Carolina, Catholic University of America and the International Clarinet Conference in Assisi, Italy.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland to a family of musicians, Mr. DiLutis studied first at the Peabody Conservatory with William Blayney and later at the Juilliard School with David Weber, principal clarinetist of the NYC Ballet. In 1989 he made his Carnegie Hall Recital debut as the winner of the Artist International Chamber Music Competition. As a soloist, Mr. DiLutis has performed with ensembles such as the San Antonio Symphony, LSU Wind Ensemble, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. Mr. DiLutis has performed and toured with the New York Philharmonic and is currently co-director of the Clarinet Academy of America, an intensive summer program for advanced clarinetists in high school and college. In addition to his performance career, Mr. DiLutis is the creator of the Reed Machine, a reed making device used by top professionals around the world.
In 2013 Mr. DiLutis created a new chamber music series at the historic Riversdale House Museum in Riverdale, MD and was awarded a 2014 Individual Performing Artist Grant from the Maryland State Counsel for the Arts. Mr. DiLutis is an Artist for Buffet and his new DVD/CD Clarinet at Maryland, is available at CDBaby.com and GumRoad.com
D. Ray McClellan is Professor of Clarinet at the University of Georgia and a member of the Georgia Woodwind Quintet. Prior to his appointment at University of Georgia in 2001, he held professorships at James Madison University and Henderson State University, was clarinetist and soloist with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band, and was an active orchestral player in New York City and Washington D.C. As a recitalist and concerto soloist, McClellan has traveled to Puerto Rico, Canada, Taiwan, Japan, Italy, Brazil, Kenya, Tanzania and the Czech Republic. He has been principal clarinetist of The Savannah Orchestra, guest principal clarinetist with the Augusta Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Alexandria Symphony, and the Garden State Philharmonic. His summer festival appearances include The Waterloo Festival, Great Woods Festival where he was principal clarinet under Michael Tilson Thomas and Montana Summer Music where he performed with the Ying Quartet. McClellan performed recitals at the International Clarinet Convention in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010. If 2014 he will perform Brahm's Quintet for Clarinet and Strings at ClarinetFest in Baton Rouge. He has performed concertos with the "The President's Own" United State Marine Band and as well as the USMB Chamber Orchestra, The Augusta Symphony Orchestra, The Queens Philharmonic, The String Orchestra of the Rockies, Orquestra Sinfonica de Goiânia and numerous university orchestras and wind ensembles. He has recorded with ACA Digital and in 2013 released the Clarinet Concerto by Gerald Finzi with Phoenix USA.
A reputable pedegogue, many of McClellan's students occupy clarinet positions in orchestras, U.S. premier military bands and universities.McClellan holds his bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees from The Juilliard School where he studied with world-renowned pedagogue David Weber. A Co-Artistic Director and Host of ClarinetFest® 2006 in Atlanta, McClellan is an Artist/Clinician for Buffet Crampon clarinets. He enjoys tennis and lives in Athens, Georgia with his wife and four children. He spends Sundays at Monroe Presbyterian Church (PCA) with his family
Frederick (Rick) Vare began his musical instruction at age nine and earned a bachelor’s degree in music education and clarinet performance from Ithaca College in New York where he studied clarinet with Robert Schmidt. Mr. Vare holds a master’s degree in clarinet performance from the University of Maryland where he studied with David Jones of the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra. He has also studied clarinet with James Spadafore, Ralph D’Mello John Flaver Jr., Ronald Caravan and with the late David Weber, former professor of clarinet at The Juilliard School of Music in New York. Mr. Vare has performed with the Pan-American Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., Columbia Pro Cantare and the Chesapeake Orchestra in Maryland. He has conducted clinics and masterclasses at Ithaca College, Cornell University, Gettysburg College and Casper College, as well as many primary schools across the country.
As a member of the United States Marine Band for the past twenty-six years, Mr. Vare has performed with internationally acclaimed artists such as Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, Trisha Yearwood, Wayne Newton and Stevie Wonder. He and his wife, Christin, maintain a very active woodwind studio in the Washington, D.C. area and when not teaching and performing, they enjoying hiking and boating in the Adirondacks, Lake Titus. They reside in Bowie, MD with their four children.