Musicians – Clarinet
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Taylor Massey has been in much demand as a performer and instructor throughout the southeast region. He has been a featured artist of the Symphony Orchestra Augusta, performing the Brahms Clarinet Quintet and Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto. He
has also presented many chamber performances in the United States, as well as in Morges, Switzerland, and Lucca, Italy. While in Italy he served as principal clarinetist of the Lucca Theatre Opera orchestra.
Taylor is currently on faculty at Augusta State University and the University of Georgia’s Hugh Hodgson School of Music and has previously been visiting instructor at Georgia Southern University. He maintains a strong interest in new music and has given many performances of new works while in Cincinnati and as a part of MusicX, a contemporary music festival in Cincinnati, OH.
His principal instructors have been Steven Cohen, Russell Dagon, and Ronald de Kant. He has received additional bass clarinet instruction from Ronald Aufmann of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and J. Lawrie Bloom of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Taylor earned a Bachelors degree in Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Masters degree from the Northwestern University School of Music. He lives in Augusta with his wife, flutist Angela Massey.
Anne Marie Thomas
Anne Marie is a clarinetist, administrator and teacher. She has performed for over a decade with The Augusta Symphony, Augusta Choral Society and Augusta Opera. Anne Marie created the Augusta Preparatory Day School Music and Dance conservatory (voted Best of Augusta in 2010), and has maintained a successful clarinet studio for seventeen years. Her students’ honors include All-State Band, District, Governors Honors, and The Augusta Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition.
Her teachers were Hymie Voxman, Dr. Maurita Meade, Doug Graham, Laura Arden, and James Pyne. Anne Marie graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance. During her senior year, she earned the Donald E. McGinnis award, given annually to one band member whose musicianship, leadership, and personality emulate the professional standards of Donald E. McGinnis, who served as the director of bands for twenty seven years.