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Natalie Groom


Teaches Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone, Jazz Improvisation, Music Theory

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Teaches at:

BM Kent State University, MM University of Arizona, MBA University of Arizona, DMA University of Maryland, Certificate in College Teaching University of Arizona

Specialties / Genres Taught

classical music, jazz

Areas of Instruction

Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone, Jazz Improvisation, Music Theory

Levels Taught


Performance Experience

Annapolis Symphony (substitute), Annapolis Opera (substitute), Huntington Symphony (substitute), Tucson Symphony (substitute), Arizona Wind Symphony, Kent State Symphony, University of Maryland Symphony, University of Maryland Wind Orchestra, Arizona Chamber Winds, Wavelength Winds, Whistling Hens, Classically Dope, Three Reeds and a Horn, Fred Fox Wind Quintet

About Natalie Groom

Natalie Groom is a freelance clarinetist in Washington, D.C. and substitute clarinetist of the Annapolis Symphony, Annapolis Opera, and Huntington Symphony. She is the artist-in-residence at Collington Retirement Community in 2019-2020, and she serves as a Junior Board member of Washington Performing Arts. This year she performed a joint concert with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, won a residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute, and performed at two music by women conferences.

Natalie was a featured soloist with the White Mountain Symphony Orchestra and has performed at The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, New World Center, Phillips Collection, and Goethe-Institut. Her festival and conference performances include Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Darkwater Women in Music, Clarinetfest 2018 in Belgium, Henri Selmer Clarinet Academy, Miami Music Festival, Orford Centre d’Arts, and an outreach concert at Anacostia High School opening for Yo-Yo Ma and Esperanza Spalding.

A teacher, conductor, and academic, she has led the New Horizons clarinet choir and taught Rock and American Popular Music, Business Communications, and clarinet/saxophone lessons for Music for Life, Tucson Summer Music, and The Gregory School. She has published two event reports in the International Clarinet Association journal.

In 2018 she founded Whistling Hens, a chamber music ensemble which celebrates and advances the artistic accomplishments of women by performing and commissioning all female-composed music. Their work invites listeners to reflect on the impact male privilege has had on traditional music programming, question the status quo of gender inequality in the classical music community, and engage with music by women of various backgrounds.

Natalie is clarinetist of Classically Dope, a hip-hop/rap and classical music collaboration with D.C. rapper Konshens the MC. Using music as an instrument of positive social influence, this ensemble tackles subjects such as the power of belief, racial inequality, stereotypes, police brutality, and being a change agent in the world. She also composes/arranges music for Classically Dope.

Specializing in chamber music, Natalie was a fellowship wind quintet resident of Wavelength Winds and Fred Fox Quintet. In her tenure, she toured China for a month, created a classical music video in collaboration with Avant Projekts, and was integral in securing at $20 million donation to the Fred Fox School of Music.

Natalie Groom earned her D.M.A. at the University of Maryland (graduating 2020), M.B.A. and M.M. at the University of Arizona, and B.M. at Kent State University where she studied with Robert DiLutis, Jerry Kirkbride, Dennis Nygren, Amitai Vardi, Jackie Glazier, and Joseph Minocchi.

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