chairslantMichael Rowlett is Associate Professor of Clarinet and Music Literature at The University of Mississippi, where he has taught since 2002. An active recitalist, he has appeared across the southeast, including tours to Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri and North Carolina, and has performed at many national and international conferences, including those of the International Clarinet Association, the National Flute Association, the International Double Reed Society and the College Music Society. His first CD, “Close to Home,” was released by Albany Records in 2012, featuring music of twentieth and twenty-first century American composers. He was recently invited to perform William Bolcom’s Concerto as a featured alumni soloist with The University of North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, and previously has been featured as a concerto soloist with the Germantown (TN) Symphony Orchestra and the Durham (NC) Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared regularly with the Memphis Symphony, the North Mississippi Symphony and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestras. Rowlett holds a D.M. in clarinet performance from The Florida State University, a Masters from The University of Iowa, and a Bachelors degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His teachers include Frank Kowalsky, Maurita Murphy Marx, Freddy Arteel and Donald Oehler.

TROY1385coverPraised as “a wonderful CD of diverse compositions by American composers” (The Clarinet) and “a fine introduction to an outstanding clarinetist” (Fanfare), Michael Rowlett’s debut CD features works by well-known composers such as Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Steve Reich, alongside newer works by Valerie Coleman, Jeanne Singer and Eric Mandat. Recorded with collaborative pianist Stacy Rodgers, the performances have been described as having “clarity and precision” and “great energy and sparkle” (The Clarinet). Close to Home is available from Albany Records, Amazon and iTunes.

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