Dear Clarinet Alumni,

I am in the process of updating the Eastman Clarinet Website (as of Oct, 2008). It would be ideal to use this blog as a way for all of us to be connected with the growing Eastman clarinet network. Please feel free to share your bio, audio clips, photos, maybe a brief note about your experience at Eastman and anything that will help this site be more useful. Feel free to email me at


Adrian Sandi

Recent Graduates

Andy Brown……………………………
Angela Occhionero……………………
Mara Mayer……………………………

Dr. Julianne Kirk (MM ’03, DMA ’05)


Dr. Julianne Kirk (MM ’03, DMA ’06) serves as Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam. An active soloist and chamber musician, Dr. Kirk is a member of the Aria Reed Trio and the Eastman Triana, both ensembles have performed on WXXI Rochester’s Live at Hochestein radio broadcast. She is Director of Crane Youth Music, Director of the Crane Clarinet Choir, Crane Clarinet Ensembles, and has given master classes and clinics at Oakland University (MI), Bowling Green State University (OH), Oklahoma City University, Southeast Asian Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble(Thailand), Aria Summer Music Academy (IN), Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (MI) and co-coordinates the acclaimed Potsdam Single Reed Summit. Dr. Kirk has performed with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Amici Orchestra, Orchestra of Northern New York, Northern Symphonic Winds, Light Opera Oklahoma, Tulsa Philharmonic and Oklahoma City Philharmonic. She was a member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble for the 2004 tour of Japan, Taiwan and Macau and can be heard on the 2006 CD release “Danzante” featuring soloist James Thompson. She also performed with the Ensemble at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in 2005 for the CBDNA Conference.  Dr. Kirk has performed and presented at numerous conferences including the Mid-America Center for Contemporary Arts, International Double Reed Society Conference, New York State School Music Association Conference, Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, and the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest. She is a Vandoren Performing Artist and uses Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces and ligatures exclusively. She holds the Doctorate of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Oklahoma. Her major teachers include Jon Manasse, David Etheridge and Bradford Behn.

Dr. Jun Qian MM’ 01, DMA’ 06

Dr. Jun Qian has been appointed as the assistant professor of clarinet at St.Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota. His teaching experiences recently includes being the clarinet teacher at Nazareth College, Houghton College and music theory teacher at The Eastman School of Music in New York State as well as the guest clarinet faculty at New York State University at Fredonia from 2005-2007. He was also the principal clarinet of the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra for its 2004-05concert season and the faculty member at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China. He studied at Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Baylor University and the Eastman School of Music, where he earned his Master’s degree in clarinet and completed his Degree of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature with full scholarship. His major teachers include Kenneth Grant, Stanley Hasty, Richard A Shanley, Peng Gu and JingliHong.

In 1997, He has won both first prize for Orchestral Excerpts Competition and third prize for Solo Competition at the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition, second prize for the Texas Young Artist Competition and the first prize for Baylor Symphony 1998 Concerto Competition. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2001, performing Weber Clarinet Concerto No.1 with the Asian American International Orchestra, solo appearances with the Collegium Musicum Orchestra, Eastman Chamber Orchestra, and released his first CD, Premiere Rhapsodie, on the Nanjing Shine Horn label in China in 1999.

International appearances as principal clarinet include the Eastman Wind Ensemble’s tour of Japan and Taiwan in 2000 and 2004, the North Carolina Festival Orchestra’s European tour, and was soloist in 2003 with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Xiamen Philharmonic and the Shengyang Opera Orchestra as musical ambassador for the Eastman School of Music. In October 2004, he was invited by the Sony Music Foundation as the feature soloist at International Performing Arts Festival in Japan. Additional principal appearances include Kent-Blossom Music Festival, National Orchestra Institute and the American Wind Symphony. He appeared recently with the Eastman School’s Ying Quartet in Florida, and his recital was broadcast over the National Public Radio affiliate 91.5 FM for the “Live from Hochstein” concert series.

English Website:
Chinese Website:



  1. jezzamyn said,

    hi im dong a report on julianne kirk and i cant find any information on her

  2. Julianne Kirk said,

    Hello Jezzamyn, Julianne Kirk here, just email me at, I’ll give you any info you need.

  3. Jun Qian said,

    Hi, please update my clarinet website to
    Thank you very much.

  4. Jun Qian said,

    Here is my new website.

    Baylor University also offers full graduate assistantship every year for the master degree of clarinet performance. Let me know if I can help!

    Miss Eastman so much. Eastman is the best!!!

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