Clarinet Faculty

Kenneth GrantKenneth Grant, Associate Professor of Clarinet
BM, Performer’s Certificate, Eastman. Studied with Donald Mattea, James Pyne, Stanley Hasty, Franklin Cohen, and Theodore Johnson. Assistant principal, Cleveland Orchestra European Tour (1990). Principal clarinet, Colorado Philharmonic (summer, 1970), Columbus Symphony Orchestra (1973-87), and Rochester Philharmonic (1987-). Soloist with Rochester Philharmonic and Columbus Symphony. Several premieres including Clarinet Concerto by Sydney Hodkinson (world premiere), and Benjamin Britten’s Concerto Movement for Clarinet and Orchestra (United States premiere), both with Rochester Philharmonic; Verne Reynolds’ Sonata for Clarinet and Piano and Fantasy Etudes for Clarinet, Percussion, and Piano. Soloist, Eastman Wind Ensemble Japan Tour (1994). Participant in Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium (June 1996), KlarFest at Ohio State University (July 1998), KlarFest in New Orleans (2001), International Festival at Round Top (2004, 2005), Aria International Summer Academy at Ball State University (2004, 2005). Faculty member, Eastman summer seminar in Hamamatsu, Japan (1998, 1999, 2000, 2002). Faculty member, Capital University (1978-87), Ohio Wesleyan University (1986-687), Eastman (1987-).

Jon Manasse Jon Manasse, Associate Professor of Clarinet, part-time
BM, MM, Juilliard. Winner, Munich International, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, Juilliard Concerto Competitions (all 1987). Principal clarinet, Metropolitan Opera, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet Orchestras; New York Symphonic Ensemble. Guest principal clarinet, soloist with many orchestras and chamber music festivals. Faculty, Eastman (1995- ).
Recordings available at

Robert DiLutisRobert DiLutis, Instructor of Clarinet, Part-time
Robert DiLutis has performed as Assistant Principal and E-flat clarinetist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra since 1996. He is best known however as the inventor of The Reed Machine, a professional reed making device for the clarinet. Mr. DiLutis has served on the faculties of the Baltimore School for the Arts, St. Mary’s University in Texas, and Nazareth College in New York. Most recently Mr. DiLutis has developed and is teaching an Orchestral Audition Training Program for the Eastman School of Music. His many clinics and master classes have included Ithaca College, Hartt School of Music, Boston University, New England Conservatory and the Longy School of Music. Making his Carnegie Hall Recital debut in 1989, Mr. DiLutis has also performed as featured soloist with ensembles such as the San Antonio Symphony, Laredo Symphony, River City Consort and the Rochester Philharmonic. Mr. DiLutis is a graduate of the Juilliard School where he studied with David Weber. Previous to his studies in New York, he studied with William Blayney at the Peabody Conservatory in Maryland. Mr. DiLutis is an Artist for Buffet USA and plays Buffet clarinets exclusively.
Recording available at



  1. Mike Getzin said,


    Happy Thanksgiving- be sure to linl WKA to your site and add to its prestige. Hope to hear from you


  2. Chris Sereque said,

    Dear Eastman Clarinets,

    What a great website with such interesting links! An opening with the Tasmanian Symphony? Too bad it is only available to Australian citizens and residents. Please say hello to Ken Grant for me, I have this site bookmarked.

    Chris Sereque
    Principal Clarinet
    Seattle Symphony

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