Dr. Aileen Razey
Dr. Aileen Razey, whom The Clarinet described as having "...a truly beautiful sound which she displayed with an emotionally colorful performance,” crosses boundaries between musical genres and atmospheres through performing and teaching.
As Assistant Professor at Kutztown University, Dr. Razey teaches applied clarinet lessons, clarinet choir, Modern Private Music Teacher, Introduction to Music, and serves as Outreach Coordinator and secondary advisor to KU’s NAfME chapter (National Association for Music Education). She is also a teaching artist for the Kutztown Summer Music Festival.
First prize winner at the Henri Selmer Summer Clarinet Academy Solo Competition, finalist at the International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition, and finalist of the Boulder Philharmonic Young Artist Competition, gave Razey the opportunity to perform the new and standard solo repertoire. Razey was a second prize winner at the International Clarinet Association’s Orchestra Audition Competition, where The Clarinet depicted her performance of "the opening of Daphnis with an
ease rarely heard.”
An advocate of new music, Dr. Aileen Razey collaborates with emerging national and international composers. As a clarinetist with the Lucerne Festival Academy, she presented audiences with 20th and 21st-century orchestra repertoire in major concert halls including Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Kölner Philharmonie, and the Cultural and Congress Center of Lucerne, Switzerland. Razey was a clarinetist for Klangspuren Schwaz International Ensemble Modern Academy in Schwaz, Austria, performing works by living composers such as Rebecca Saunders. She explored performance art and the music of Aperghis, among other contemporary chamber works, at the Institute and Festival of Contemporary Performance at Mannes.
Razey was a clarinetist at the Aspen Music Festival and School, performing with the four orchestras and opera orchestra. She often performs with the Savaria Symphony Orchestra and Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, and previously performed with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, Allen Philharmonic, Abilene Philharmonic, Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and Dallas Winds working with notable conductors such as Gergely Madaras, Robert Spano, Ludovic Morlot, Hugh Wolf, Christian Arming, Heinz Holliger, Eugene Corporon, and Jerry Junkin. Razey can be heard as principal and E-flat clarinetist on five GIA records with the North Texas Wind Symphony.
Dr. Razey held positions as Assistant Professor, Clarinet, Sabbatical Replacement at Ithaca College, Clarinet Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas, and Graduate Teaching Assistant in Clarinet and Musicology at the University of Denver. Razey earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Clarinet Performance from the University of North Texas with a related field in music education, a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of Denver, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Ithaca College. Her teachers include Kimberly Cole Luevano, Jeremy Reynolds, Michael Galvan, Gabor Varga, Michael Rusinek, and Pavel Vinnitsky.