Carol Kowzan – Clarinet
EWU-BA in Education-Music Major, Clarinet Emphasis; Standard Washington State Teaching Certificate; Band Director in public schools, 20 years; Clarinet Specialist- Local High Schools, 15 years; Private Clarinet Instructor, 26 years; History of students who perform locally as award winning soloists and ensemble members in school bands and orchestras and in the Youth Symphony Program.
Performance History- Bᵇ, A, Eᵇ and Bass Clarinet, and Baritone Saxophone Spokane Schools All-City Band Program, 4 years; Rogers High School Band and Orchestra, 4 years; EWU Band, Orchestra and Small Ensembles, 4 years; Mid-Columbia Symphony Orchestra, 2 years; Richland Light Opera, 2 years; Spokane Falls Community Band, 20 years; Spokane Falls Orchestra, 5 years; Swing Bands, 10 years; Project Joy Orchestra, 7 years; Summer Chamber Orchestra, 10 years; Eagles Band, 10 years; Woodwind Quintet, 25 years; Clarinet Quartet, 10 years.
Philosophy of Education
To play clarinet well, students need to develop physical and mental strength that will enable them to develop good breath support, strong fingers, hands and arms, appropriate tone quality and articulation and skills; understand and improve skills in music theory, reading music notation and listening to self and others; and be willing to spend time outside of lessons to mature in these skills. Therefore, I am uniquely qualified to teach students, aged ten and older, to learn instruments in the Clarinet family and to perform solo literature and to audition for and play in a wide variety of musical groups, and to audition for music scholarships after high school. My students are prepared to use their musical skills for a lifetime of active participation in musical groups or as consumers of music produced by others.
Ed Gavras - Clarinet, Flute, Jazz Saxophone
Studies at Spokane Falls Community College, Prairie Bible College, and Centrum’s Bud Shank Jazz Workshop; studied in composition and arranging with Bob Curnow. Winner of Outstanding Musicianship Award from International Association of Jazz Educators at Pacific Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival in 1992. Teaching experience: Prairie Bible College, Northwest Christian Middle School, and privately for 10 years. Performances on Carnival and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, as well as in jazz and church related groups. Part time music director at Life Center North Church. Substitute Woodwinds Coach for New Horizons Orchestra.