Associate Dean, Graduate College
Building 11, Room A107
Clarinetist John Masserini is an active performer and teacher who accepts several invitations each year to perform at conferences, universities, and performing arts venues as recitalist, collaborative chamber musician, and collaborative performing artist across the country and abroad.
Some of Masserini’s past international invitations include the International Clarinet Association Conferences (ClarinetFest®) in 2003 (Salt Lake City, Utah), 2005 (Tokyo, Japan), 2006 (Atlanta, Georgia), 2009 (Porto, Portugal), 2012 (Lincoln, Nebraska), and 2013 (Assisi, Italy) as well as the 2006 International Double Reed Society Conference (Muncie, Indiana). Notable national and regional invitations include headliner and guest artist appearances at the 2013 Clarinet Symposium at the University of Alabama, Birmingham; 2009 Midwest ClariFest at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln; a concerto soloist with the Idaho State University Wind Ensemble at the 2004 College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) Northwest Regional Conference (Reno, Nevada); and annual appearances at the Idaho/Montana Clarinet Conference from 2001-2008, among others. He is currently under contract with Centaur Records with his clarinet/saxophone duo Velociy2. Their CD of 20 and 21st Century chamber music for clarinet and saxophone will be released in Fall 2013.
In addition to his more “traditional” work in the field, Masserini has completed several grant-funded performance projects with longtime collaborator Melanie Kloetzel, Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Calgary, which combines music, dance/movement, and various forms of media. International and national invitations to showcase their work include invitations to present at the Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) 2011 Annual Conference: "Moving Music / Sounding Dance" (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); Collision 2006: A Symposium on Interarts and Interdisciplinary Practices (Vancouver, British Columbia); and a main-stage appearance at the 2006 On the Boards – Northwest New Works Festival (Seattle, Washington). A film (“Icarus Fried”) derived from one of their works has appeared in several film festivals, including the 2007 Danca em Foco, International Festival of Video and Dance (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), DANSCAMDANSE 2007 International Dance Film Festival (Ghent, Belgium), and the 2007 Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema (Boulder, Colorado).
Dr. Masserini is currently Associate Professor of Clarinet and Associate Director for Graduate Studies at Northern Arizona University. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from Michigan State University where he studied with renown performer and pedagogue Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, and earned a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of New Mexico where he studied with Professor Keith Lemmons.