The Los Angeles Clarinet Choir: Renewal and Reflections

Fourteen clarinetists playing B-flat contrabass to E-flat sopranino present a concert featuring original works and transcriptions written for the ensemble.

Sunday, November 6, 2022, 7 p.m.
Drinkward Recital Hall

A group shot of the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir. Musicians, all dressed similarly, sit on a circular stone bench, holding their instruments, and face the camera.
Members of the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir.

The Los Angeles Clarinet Choir was founded in May, 2005 by renowned Southern California clarinetist and teacher, Margaret Thornhill. Members, who are selected by audition, have college degrees in clarinet performance or the equivalent in college level music study. The ensemble has been featured at five International Clarinet Association ClarinetFests: 2007 in Vancouver, Canada; 2010 in Austin, Texas; 2011 at CSUN, Los Angeles; 2017 in Orlando, Florida; and 2018 in Knoxville, Tennessee. They performed at the 2010 Vandoren Clarinet Ensemble Festival at UCLA and for standing room-only audiences for four years at the South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival. In June 2012, the LACC was featured at the Norton Simon Museum of Art at Pasadena in "Celebrating Sakura: Japanese Music for Clarinet Choir." They have also performed at schools, churches, libraries and senior centers throughout Southern California, including Westminster Gardens in Duarte, Windsor retirement in Glendale, Biola University, Cal Poly Pomona, the Baldwin Hills School District, the Ovations Arts series of the La Canada Presbyterian Church, the First AME Church of Pasadena, Artesia High School in Lakewood, and many others. The LACC has a strong commitment to performing new, original music for this unusual instrumentation and has given many local and world premieres. A nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization, the LACC has recently received a matching grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission for repertoire and artistic development. To contribute toward the match for our LACAC grant, visit us on the web at: or speak to an LACC representative.

This organization is supported in part by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture.

Conductor and Artistic Director

Margaret Thornhill is a clarinet recitalist and chamber musician who is also one of LA's most sought-after private clarinet teachers. She is a former faculty member of the University of California, Santa Cruz; Stanford University; Occidental College; and Concordia University, Irvine, and is currently adjunct professor of clarinet at Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Thornhill is in demand as a masterclass leader and chamber music coach, writes articles for international clarinet journals, and is the clarinet coach for the Humboldt Chamber Music Workshop at Cal Poly Humboldt. From 2006-17 she was the director of the Claremont Clarinet Festival, a summer workshop for advanced clarinetists that was held annually as a summer conference at Pomona College. She holds the DMA from Stanford University.

Visit Safely
The concert series is open to the public. Students, faculty and staff of the Claremont Colleges must show Claremont Colleges ID. Audience members from outside the Claremont Colleges must provide proof of vaccination and be asymptomatic. All audience members are required to wear a mask. The Covid-19 guidelines will be updated as new information becomes available.

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