Carol Kowzan – Clarinet/Saxophone
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.
Clara Mannino – Flute
Video Credit: Ira Gardner Clara Mannino is a freelance flutist from Spokane, and an alumna of Holy Names Music Center. Ms. Mannino offers musical instruction at HNMC, and Spokane Falls Community College. She serves as a substitute orchestral musician in various regional orchestras including Coeur d’Alene Opera, and the Yakima Symphony.
Ms. Mannino exploits opportunities to bring music into the local community. As a Graduate Assistant at James Madison University in Virginia studying under Dr. Beth Chandler, Ms. Mannino coordinated a collaborative musical outreach program with Sunnyside Retirement Communities and the JMU Music Department. Students and retired residents alike cherished the opportunity to connect through musical experiences of student run concerts, lectures, and interactive activities.
Clara Mannino is director of the Holy Names Flute Choir for adult amateur flutists. The ensemble relishes the joy of musical preparation, building friendships among flutists, and performing contemporary and classical music monthly.
Ms. Mannino earned her Bachelor’s in flute performance at Central Washington University with Dr. Hal Ott on a full scholarship. She won first prize in many competitions including CWU’s, and JMU’s Concerto Competitions, and the Flute Division of Musicfest Northwest’s Young Artist Competition. Along the way, she secured a chair in the National Flute Association Collegiate Flute Choir in 2012, and was admitted to perform in masterclasses with renowned artists including Jim Walker at the Hampton Roads Flute Faire, and Amy Porter at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention.