Andrew Chavez-Kline is a recent graduate from the Master’s Degree program at Portland State University where he studied with German clarinetist Dr. Barbara Heilmair. While there he developed a passion for contemporary classical music, appearing on the album forces of nature by Portland-based composer Lisa Ann Marsh. He has been fortunate to premiere works for the Cascadia Composers organisation in Oregon and at home in Vancouver’s Sonic Boom festival.
Before leaving for Portland Andrew studied with former VSO clarinetist Cris Inguanti at the Vancouver Academy of Music. In addition to performing with the symphonies at both the Academy and Portland State, Andrew has found a calling as an opera orchestra musician, appreciating the opportunity to play principle clarinet in all of the Academy’s most recent opera productions including Die lustige witwe, Gianni Schicchi, Susannah, and Die Zauberflote.