Charles is a clarinetist from Aurora, Nebraska. When presented with the choice between trumpet and clarinet, the instruments that his father had sitting around the house, Charles was left with clarinet because his older brother staked a claim to the trumpet.
While earning his Bachelor of Arts in English from Nebraska Wesleyan University, Charles remained active as a musician in numerous university ensembles as well as performing regularly with the Lincoln Civic Orchestra and the Lincoln Municipal Band. Charles went on to graduate in May 2011 with a Master of Fine Arts in Clarinet Performance from the Herb Alpert School of Music at the California Institute of the Arts located in Valencia, CA.
His primary teachers include Dr. David Nabb, Professor of Woodwinds at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, and William Powell, Professor of Clarinet at the California Institute of the Arts. Charles collaborated with various music ensembles in the Los Angeles area, acted as the woodwinds coach for the Santa Clarita Youth Symphony Orchestra from 2010 – 2011, and gave private lessons to students of all ages.
While attending the California Institute of the Arts, Charles was part of the faculty chamber music ensemble, The New Century Players, which performs regularly at Walt Disney Concert Hall’s REDCAT theater in downtown Los Angeles. He also served as principal clarinet in the California Institute of the Arts Orchestra for the U.S. premier of Gerard Grisey’s Les Espaces Acoustiques. He has also performed in various master classes, most notably for David Shifrin (Professor of Clarinet at Yale University) and Stanley Drucker (former principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic).
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