Bio


Jere Kizer Douglas, Clarinetists, Clinician and Performance Artist is the winner of the Lubrani Clarinet Award for Clarinet Performance Excellence at University of Memphis for 3 years. He has performed as a soloist with the First Marine Aircraft Wing Band, First Marine Division Band, University of Memphis Wind Ensemble, Arkansas Repertory Theatre and various on and off Broadway Productions, including the world premiere of “Good Woman of Schezchuan” based on a Berthold Brecht play.
Jere has performed with the Germantown Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Ray Charles, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow and Joyce Cobb. As a clinician, Jere has taught around the US of A, including through the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the City of Milan School System, TMEA. He has performed as guest soloist in Japan, England, Australia, Korea, Thailand, China, Germany, and Artist in Residence “The Clearing” Sister Bay Wisconsin, Woodwind Specialist Arkansas Repertory Theatre and across the United States with various chamber ensembles doing world premieres/commissions of works by various composers.
Jere studied with Robert Marcellus, Alan Balter, Dr. Jim Gholson, Anthony D’Andrea, Robert Hodge, Leonard Bernstein and various others.

The Laundry List

Professional Studies:
On Clarinet:
Robert Marcellus Principle Clarinetist Cleveland Orchestra,
Northwestern University, Cleveland Conservatory
Maestro Alan Balter Conductor Memphis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Akron
Symphony, Winner Tokyo Grand Prix Conducting
Principle Clarinetist Atlanta Symphony
Leon Russianoff Julliard
Anthony D’Andrea University of Tennessee
Robert Hodge Milan, Tennessee, Lead Tenor Count Basie Orchestra
Dr. James Gholson University of Memphis, Principle Clarinet Memphis Symphony
Leonard Bernstein New York Philharmonic (1980)
Coach Carnegie Hall performance of sonata
Aaron Copland Master Classes on Copland Concerto and other compositions
Oboe
Mr. Pete Evans Milan High School Band
Dr. Wright University of Memphis
Saxophone
Mr. Alan Rippe University of Memphis
Mr. Robert Hodge Milan High School
Piano:
Studies with:
Miss Francis McFadden Presbyterian Day School
Berl Olswanger
Angie Case Newport University of Memphis
Organ:
Dr. Charles Parham Organist, First United Methodist Church
Mrs. Jerome P. Robertson Organist, Second Presbyterian Church
Vocal:
Mr. Tommy Ashcraft Minister of Music, Second Presbyterian Church
Robert Shaw Atlanta, Chorus Studies, Shaw Chorale
George Beverly Shea Billy Graham Crusades
Luciano Pavarotti Vocal Interpretations with Instrumentals

Conducting studies and Master Classes:
Leonard Bernstein New York Philharmonic
Clarinet Sonata, Conducting, Composition, New York City
James Levine Metropolitan Opera
Choral/Orchestral Conducting, Interpretation
Alan Balter Memphis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony.
San Francisco Conservatory
Clarinet, Conducting, Computer
Robert Shaw Atlanta
Choral/Orchestral Conducting
Francis Macbeth University of Miami
Wind Ensemble Arranging, Conducting
Alfred Reed University of Miami
Arranging, Conducting
Freddy Fennel Eastman School of Music
Wind Ensemble Methodology
John Williams Composer and conductor of Boston Pops
Conducting, Interpretation
Hideo Suzuki Osaka, Japan
Suzuki Method
Cliff Baker Arkansas Repertory Theatre
Staging, Acting, Vocals
Currently CEO/Artistic Director of Wildwood Park for the Arts on the western edge of Little Rock, Arkansas. The park focuses on multidisipinary experiences, exploring the Culinary, Horticultural, Literary, Visual, Healing and Performing Arts.
Founder/Producing Artistic Director of Arkansas Repertory Theatre (1976-l999)
Corporate Leadership Consultant with Goss-Reid Associates (l999 to present)
Dr. Burton Fine Principle Violist, Boston Symphony
String Ensembles and Solo Interpretative Analysis
John Rutter Memphis, Tennessee/London England
Performance, Conducting, Interpretation, Rhythmic Complexities
Dr. Donald Freund University of Memphis
Premiere Performance of Mass

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