The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra
Huntsville Symphony Orchestra
Artist's BiographyDr. Osiris J. Molina is Assistant Professor of Clarinet at The University of Alabama. A native of Elizabeth, New Jersey, he has considerable experience as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Dr. Molinas recent professional accomplishments have taken him overseas and across the country. In 2009 he performed a concerto with the Beijing Wind Orchestra at the 2009 Beijing International Band Festival in China and served as a judge for the festival woodwind competition. That performance led to a return engagement, and he will appear again with the BWO at the National Arts Center in Beijing in July 2010. In December 2009 he was the featured soloist in Scott McAllisters Black Dog at the MidWest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago with Alabamas Hillcrest High School Wind Ensemble. Dr. Molina has also performed concerti with the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble, including Michael Daughertys Brooklyn Bridge at the Alabama Music Educators Convention. The collaboration led to a recording project incorporating Black Dog with the ensemble, which was released on the album Glass Bead, distributed by Albany Records in 2010.
In addition to his solo work, Dr. Molina is an active orchestral and chamber musician. He is currently Principal Clarinet of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, Second Clarinet with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the Alabama, Mobile and Meridian symphony clarinet sections, in addition to work with the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Greater Lansing, and Bridgeport (CT) symphony orchestras. His chamber music performances include the concert series at the Southampton Cultural Center (NY), the Banff Centre, and the Hot Springs Music Festival (AR), where his performance with the Festival Orchestra of the music of Edmond Dede was released on compact disc on the Naxos label. Dr. Molina is clarinetist in the Capstone Woodwind Quintet, the faculty quintet at the University of Alabama. They are committed to outreach efforts in the Alabama schools, evidenced by tours in the Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Huntsville and greater-Atlanta regions. Their most recent concerts were in Havana, Cuba as part of the University of Alabama Cuba Initiative. Dr. Molina also gave a master class at the Instituto Superior de Arte, the national conservatory of Cuba. Dr. Molina is also a member of the Cavell Trio, a reed trio dedicated to the music of this unique combination. They have performed nationally and internationally, including an invitation to the 2011 International Double Reed Society conference in Tempe, Arizona. The trio was recently awarded two grants from the University of Alabama to support their first recording project, The Act of Collective Invention, featuring works of Villa-Lobos, Francaix, Hetu, Ibert, Szalowski and Feld. It will be released by Blue Griffin Recordings in Spring, 2012.
Dr. Molinas commitment to new music is seen through his participation in commissioning consortiums. He has participated in group commissioning efforts for Roshanne Etezady (Bright Angel); David Maslanka (Eternal Garden), which he premiered in April 2010 with the composer in attendance, and the upcoming trio for clarinet, bassoon and piano by Bill Douglas. In addition to premiering these works, he will premiere the Sonata No. 2 for clarinet and piano by Frederic Goossen in 2011.
Dr. Molina holds degrees from Michigan State University (DMA), Yale School of Music (MM), and Rutgers University (BM), where he studied with Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, David Shifrin, Charles Neidich, Ayoko Ashima and Dr. William Berz. Osiris has been active in music education at all levels. He has taught middle school general music and high school instrumental music in the Beacon City School District (NY). He teaches applied clarinet, chamber music and clarinet methods in the Music Education curriculum.