“I’ve always believed that the music produced by my clarinet is an extension of my own voice. My Chedeville mouthpiece helps me convey my artistic vision, making communicating with audiences a freeing and fulfilling experience. If one has to focus on fighting their own equipment, it detracts from their ability to speak to their audiences and make music at the highest caliber.”
Clarinetist Kristen Spiridon is an active performer and teacher in the Southeast. Currently, she serves as Lecturer of Clarinet at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. She also holds the titles of Principal Clarinet of the Savannah Philharmonic; Principal Clarinet of the Coastal Symphony; and Second Clarinet of both the Augusta Symphony and the South Carolina Philharmonic. In the summer season, Ms. Spiridon serves as head of the clarinet faculty at the Judith Lapple Summer Woodwind Camp and Festival in Fairfax, Virginia, and works with the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra Summer Music Intensive in Southeast Georgia. Prior to her present appointments, she held the position of Second Clarinet with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic.
Ms. Spiridon has performed with numerous orchestras, notably the Atlanta Ballet, Jacksonville Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, the Lexington Philharmonic, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, and the Rock Hill Symphony. She has appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Midwest Clinic, the WASBE clinic, and she has given recitals in New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Florida, Georgia and California.
A respected teacher and lecturer, Ms. Spiridon has been invited to give masterclasses and lectures at Boston University, Georgia Southern University, Miami University of Ohio, George Mason University, St. Leo University and Coker University.
Ms. Spiridon holds a Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma in Woodwinds from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and a Bachelor of Music degree in both Performance and Education from the Peabody Conservatory at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Her primary teachers include Richie Hawley, Steven Barta, Carmine Campione, and Chris Pedersen.
In addition to being a Chedeville Artist Endorser, Kristen is a Buffet Crampon Performing Artist and plays exclusively on Buffet Crampon clarinets. She is also a RCW Performing Artist, and plays on RCW barrels.