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McGill Named Principal Clarinetist for the New York Philharmonic

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May 14, 2014

Anthony McGill, alumnus of Guild member Merit School of Music (Chicago, IL), faculty member at Guild member Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD), and recipient of the inaugural Sphinx Medal of Excellence from Guild member Sphinx Organization (Detroit, MI), was just named principal clarinetist for the New York Philharmonic.

McGill was most recently principal clarinetist of the Metropilitan Opera Orchestra, and also serves on the faculty of Julliard School, Bard College Conservatory of Music, and Manhattan Music School. McGill will become the New York Philharmonic's first African-American principal player, and the third African-American in the history of the orchestra.

Learn more about McGill's appointment from the New York Times. Read Article


About Merit School of Music
Since its founding in 1979, Merit School of Music has successfully motivated and inspired more than 50,000 young people with high-quality music instruction. Our non-profit community music school is based at the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center in Chicago’s West Loop, and we also provide programs at nearly 50 locations in Chicago’s neighborhoods.  Our skilled faculty provides a multi-leveled, structured curriculum to youth—from newborns to teens—regardless of their ability to pay. Merit transforms the lives of Chicago-area youth by providing the highest quality music education – with a focus on underserved communities – inspiring young people to achieve their full musical and personal potential.

 
About Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, The Preparatory
Founded by May Garrettson Evans in 1894, The Preparatory offers instruction in music and dance to a diverse student body of approximately 2,000 students beginning at 2 months. Youngsters and adults enroll in classes and/or individual instruction and may attend repertoire classes, master classes, and participate in a graduated recital series.  They may also enroll in children’s chorus, orchestra, music theory, and chamber music and participate in certificate programs and school-wide competitions. The dance program includes ballet, contemporary, and ballroom dancing. Other special offerings include a Teacher Mentoring Program in Baltimore City Schools and a pre-conservatory violin program. In addition to its main school in downtown Baltimore, the Preparatory has branches in Towson, Columbia and Annapolis.
 
 
About Sphinx Overture
The Sphinx Overture program offers free weekly year-long classes in introductory violin performance for elementary school students in Detroit and Flint, MI.  The program is designed to address the needs of students in pursuit of music studies at beginning levels who have not had access to steady, balanced musical training.  Sphinx Overture also features a guest artist/ensemble performance, including Catalyst Quartet, Sphinx's premiere ensemble.
 
 
 
Pictured Above: Anthony McGill

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