Erin Finkelstein - Clarinet


Erin Finkelstein is in demand as a clarinet performer and educator. Ms. Finkelstein has served as the clarinet instructor at California State University, Stanislaus and twice as guest lecturer of clarinet and chamber music at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. As an active clinician, she has given clarinet master classes to hundreds of individuals in public and private K-12 schools across the West Coast. She has worked with the musicians in the Sacramento Youth Symphony, Napa Valley Youth Symphony, and has taught at the Stanislaus Chamber Music Camp and the University of the Pacific Music Camp. Mrs. Finkelstein founded the FABOS Ensemble who was awarded a spot on the Kennedy Center's Any Give Child roster in Sacramento to present educational outreach concerts in public and private schools. In June of 2014, her quintet in Phoenix, Mill Ave Chamber Players, will be implementing a new chamber camp for high school, college, and the community in conjunction with Paradise Valley Community College.


As a performer, Mrs. Finkelstein is in demand as an orchestral, solo and chamber musician. As clarinetist with the Mill Ave Chamber Players, she can be heard playing clarinet in the Phoenix valley in outreach concerts and in three different chamber music series. Mrs. Finkelstein performs with the world-class Carmel Bach Festival and was engaged as principal clarinet in the summer of 2012. She performed regularly with the professional orchestras and opera companies in California including Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto, Fresno, Monterey, Santa Cruz and the Reno Chamber Orchestra, and is a member of the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, and the Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble.  Mrs. Finkelstein in currently a substitute musician with the Phoenix Symphony, and has performed with the Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet, Citywater new music ensemble, and on the "Music at Noon" recitals series at the Westminster church in Sacramento, and at the Haggin Museum in Stockton. She has participated in the summer festivals at the National Orchestral Institute in Maryland, Domaine Forget Festival in Quebec, Canada, and the Bear Valley Festival in California.


Mrs. Finkelstein earned her Bachelors of Music in clarinet with Dr. Patricia Shands at the University of the Pacific where she graduated with awards in performance. She performed Debussy's Première Rhapsodie with the Pacific Orchestra after winning the concerto competition in 2002. She continued her studies earning her Master of Music degree in clarinet with Dr. Robert Spring at Arizona State University, and continued clarinet studies with David Krakauer at the Mannes College of Music in New York City.


In addition to her musical life, Mrs. Finkelstein is a guild certified Feldenkrais® practitioner and works with all people to increase awareness of their neuromuscular organization. She is sought after for her workshops on Awareness Through Movement and has a private studio teaching Functional Integration Lessons to a wide variety of individuals. She has given workshops on the Feldenkrais Method® at Glendale Community College, Arizona State University, University of California Davis, the University of the Pacific,  St. Joseph's Medical Center in Stockton, and at the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Bassoon Symposium. For more information about trying the Feldenkrais Method®,  click here.