“Richie Hawley is one of America’s premiere clarinetists andpedagogues,” said Robert Yekovich, dean of the Shepherd School. “Hisappointment as professor of clarinet adds further luster to an alreadystellar faculty roster. The Shepherd School is indeed fortunate towelcome Richie to our community of world-class artistteachers.”In the fall of 2011, Hawley will debut inhis new role at the Shepherd School, which has become one of thenation’s most prestigious music programs at a major university sinceits dedication 34 years ago. Its orchestral training program, of whichHawley will be a part, is widely considered to be among the veryfinest. Hawley succeeds Michael Webster, professor of clarinet, whowill retire from a distinguished teaching career at the end of thisacademic year.With his trademark velvety, sonoroustone, Hawley is dedicated to performing chamber music and appearsregularly as a chamber musician and recitalist throughout the UnitedStates and abroad. Hawley was appointed principalclarinet of the CSO in 1994 at the age of 23, only two years aftergraduating from the Curtis Institute of Music. He has since enjoyed arewarding and multifaceted career as an orchestral clarinetist,recitalist, chamber musician, teacher andclinician.During the summer season, Hawley serveson the faculty at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, oneof the premiere summer festivals for exceptionally talented musiciansfrom around the world.As both a performer and aneducator, Hawley has been the recipient of several coveted awards. In1988 his trio, “Trio Con Brio,” won first prize at the Coleman ChamberMusic competition. That same year he was one of five musicians toreceive the Gold Medal as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts fromRonald Reagan in a ceremony at the White House. He has received theLéni Fé Bland Foundation Career Grant twice, and he was awarded the2009 Glover Award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year at the Universityof Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music’s convocationceremony.Originally from Los Angeles, Hawley beganhis clarinet studies with Yehuda Gilad at the Colburn School ofPerforming Arts at the age 9. He made his orchestral solo debut at age13, performing Weber with the Los Angeles Philharmonic as the winner ofits student stars competition. At age 14 he performed Rossini’s“Introduction, Theme and Variations” at one of the New YorkPhilharmonic’s young person’s subscription concerts as a winner of thePhilharmonic’s national talent search competition. While a student ofDonald Montanaro at the Curtis Institute of Music, Hawley appeared as asoloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Hawley graduated fromCurtis in 1992.A Buffet-Crampon artist, Hawleyperforms on the Tosca model of clarinet. He is also a Rico PerformingArtist and Clinician and plays exclusively on the Reserve Classicreeds.Hawley is married to Shepherd alumna MaureenNelson, who is a member of the Enso Quartet, which was the school’sresident graduate string quartet from 2002 to 2004. RICHIE HAWLEY AddThis Long Description ShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777E-MAIL: [email protected] acclaimed clarinetist joins Rice UniversityfacultyRichie Hawleywill begin teaching at Rice’s Shepherd School in2011RiceUniversity announced today that it has appointed critically acclaimedclarinetist RichieHawley as professor of clarinet in the Shepherd School of Music.Hawley is the principal clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra(CSO) and head of the Clarinet Department at the University ofCincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, which under his leadershipbecame one of the most outstanding clarinet schools in the country.