NEWS! Andrew Chavez-Kline’s student was recently awarded a GOLD MEDAL in Gr.7 RCM Clarinet Exam in BC with the highest mark obtained!
Mr. Chavez-Kline is a graduate of the Master’s 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, and premiering works for the Cascadia Composers organisation. Back home he has participated in Vancouver’s Sonic Boom festival, premiering works written by local composers, as well as being a member of the Ecstatic Waves Ensemble, and performing with the Postmodern Camerata.
Before leaving for Portland, Andrew studied with former VSO clarinetist Cris Inguanti and obtained his Bachelor’s degree at the Vancouver Academy of Music. Through the Academy he gained much experience with youth, working extensively to help produce two summer music programs, as well as being a substitute teacher for theory classes and orchestral woodwind sectionals.
Some highlights of his student’s achievements include provincial gold medals for their results in RCM examinations for Gr. 7 and Gr. 5. One of his students has gone on to study at the University of Victoria, while others have found success in their elementary and high school bands, as well as in youth orchestras around the lower mainland. He has taught many students right from when they first pick up the clarinet, as well as those that are in the midst of their studies or returning to the instrument after some time away.