Josh GardnerJoshua Gardner teaches applied clarinet at Glendale Community College. He is in the final stages of the Doctor of Musical Arts program at Arizona State University where he studied with Dr. Robert Spring. Gardner received Bachelor degrees in Music Education and Clarinet Performance from the University of Kentucky, where he studied with Dr. Scott Wright and Dr. Ron Monsen. He has performed both nationally and internationally and has studied additionally with renowned clarinetists, Larry Combs and Eddy Vanoosthuyse. Most recently, Gardner performed the new double concerto Freebirds, by Scott McAllister with Robert Spring and the ASU Wind Band at Disney Hall in Los Angeles, CA. Gardner and Spring recorded the new piece earlier this year under the Summit label.
With a strong interest in pedagogical research, Gardner is currently collaborating with the Vocal Tract Visualization Laboratory at the University of Maryland Dental School to map tongue motion during clarinet performance using ultrasound. In July 2008, Gardner won first prize in the International Clarinet Association Research Competition with a lecture entitled Ultrasonographic Investigation of Clarinet Multiple Articulation. He is co-author of the clarinet method book, Extreme Clarinet, which focuses on extended techniques such as multiple articulation, circular breathing, and upper-register tone production.
In addition to teaching, Gardner performs with several chamber groups in the Phoenix metro area, including the Fountain Hills Chamber Players and the Mill Avenue Chamber Players. He has also performed with Arizona Opera, Ballet Tucson, and the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra.
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Applied Music Instructor - Clarinet