Keith Lemmons, clarinet
Clarinetist Keith Lemmons combines an international reputation as a soloist, clinician, chamber and orchestral musician with a distinguished teaching career. He serves as a Presidential Teaching Fellow and Professor of Clarinet at the University of New Mexico, where he has taught since 1984, and was recently named Associate Dean for the UNM College of Fine Arts.
Lemmons' concerts in Sweden, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, Portugal, as well as throughout the US have received enthusiastic and critical acclaim. “He had the audience in sheer ecstasy” wrote El Sol de Mexico City. “Sheer virtuosity” wrote The Clarinet.
He has been an invited soloist and international judge at the International ClarinetFest in Portugal and an invited guest artist at the International ClarinetFest’s in Kansas City, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Stockholm, Oklahoma, Texas, Quebec City, Minneapolis.
Lemmons regularly performs with Santa Fe Pro Musica, Serenata of Santa Fe, Taos Chamber Music Group, New Mexico Symphony, Santa Fe Symphony, Opera Southwest and performs with the New Mexico Winds Woodwind Quintet, Trio New Mexico and Trio ClariVoce-all three artist faculty ensembles-in-residence at UNM.
His degrees are from Pittsburg State University (KS) with Robert Schott and Michigan State University with Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, with extensive additional study with Larry Combs (Chicago Symphony), Charlie Neidich (Juilliard School) and Thea King (English Chamber Orchestra). His numerous CD’s are found on the Summit, Centaur, AlbuZerkque, Taos Chamber Music Group, UNM and Katson recording labels.