John Masserini



Associate Dean, Graduate College
Building 11, Room A107

John Masserini performs in several international and national venues as a recitalist, concerto soloist, collaborative chamber musician, avant-garde performing artist, and theater musician for national Broadway tours. Notable 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), and 2015 (Madrid, Spain). His clarinet/saxophone duo Velocity2 released the CD Flux under the Centaur Records label in 2014 and he is a D’Addario Woodwinds sponsored artist.

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). The 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).

John earned a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from Michigan State University where he studied with renowned performer and pedagogue Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, and a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of New Mexico where he studied with Professor Keith Lemmons. 

Dr. Masserini holds the rank of Professor in the School of Music and is currently the Associate Dean of the Graduate College at Northern Arizona University.