Angela Shankar, Clarinetist

Angela Shankar, Clarinetist

Angela Shankar is an active clarinetist and music educator in New York City. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Angela received a B.A. in Clarinet Performance and Music Education from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.A. in Clarinet Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she received the Performer’s Certificate, the highest prize in performance. While at Eastman, Angela also won both the Jack L. Frank Award for Excellence in Community Teaching and the Teaching Assistant Prize for her work as an educator, additionally earning an Arts Leadership Certificate for her work in arts administration. 

With over a decade of varied teaching experience and students ranging from young children to adults, beginner to artist-level, Angela is enthusiastic and deeply committed to her students and to their progress. Her belief is that the music learning process should be every bit as joyous as it is disciplined, and as thoughtful as it is technical. In addition to teaching privately, Angela is a Lead Teacher for the Harmony Program and teaches music theory classes for Mannes Prep, a division of The New School.

In July, 2014, and in June, 2012 Angela was invited to Sweden to perform as a Guest Artist with Quartet Kalos and Ensemble Evolution as part of the 'Double It' tour and the 'Midnight Sun Music Festival'. Quartet Kalos reunited in Boston and New York for the 'Kalos Inscriptions' tour in August 2015. In May 2012, Angela premiered “Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra,” dedicated to her by composer Seth Bedford, with the Chelsea Symphony. She looks forward to performing the Arite Shaw Clarinet Concerto with the Chelsea Symphony during their 10th anniversary season in October 2015. 

In addition to performing regularly with Reeds Amis, Quartet Kalos, The New Yorker Ensemble, and The Chelsea Symphony, she has enjoyed working with such ensembles as the Phoenix Ensemble, the Mobile Symphony Orchestra, the Ohio Light Opera Company, the International Opera Theatre Company of Italy, the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, the Point Chamber Orchestra, the Syracuse Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's Chamber Ensemble. She has performed at La Fenice in Venice, the United Nations, the Library of Congress, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall.

“Angela was very sensitive to introducing a new instrument to our daughter. She presented the instrument and an approach to learning how to play it that was immediately engaging.”

— Jackie

“Angela is a wonderful teacher. She provides just the right combination of patience, encouragement and discipline, and clearly enjoys working with children. I couldn’t have wished for a better experience for my son in learning his first musical instrument!”

— Kathleen

“I’ve been taking clarinet lessons with Angela for more than a year. Thanks to Angela I’ve learned so much already. She finds ways to make learning to play music more understandable and enjoyable. She is equally serious and fun. Thanks to Angela I not only know how to play a musical instrument but I find music to be a way to rejoice.”

— Matthew

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