Kellan Toohey

RRMA Faculty

Instruments: Clarinet
Education: D.M.A., CU Boulder; M.M., University of Northern Colorado; B.M., CU Boulder
Currently Teaching: Music Academy

Clarinetist Kellan Toohey is an avid performer whose varied career includes recitals and solo appearances, chamber music, teaching, and orchestral playing. He recently completed a D.M.A. in Clarinet performance and pedagogy at the University of Colorado in Boulder, studying with Daniel Silver. His other teachers have included Jon Manasse, Burt Hara, Bil Jackson, Steve Cohen, Karen Dusek, Shannon Scott, and Bradford Behn.

An active orchestral player, Mr. Toohey currently holds the positions of Principal Clarinetist in the Boulder Chamber Orchestra and Assistant Principal Clarinetist in the Wyoming Symphony and Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra. His festival credits include the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Brevard Music Center summer festival, and the Eastern Music Festival. He has performed across the US, Europe, and in Asia, and recently recorded his first solo CD, entitled Scenes from Home, premiere recordings of new music by Colorado composers.

Kellan has received numerous awards, including winning 2nd Prize in the International Clarinet Association’s Young Artist Competition (2013, Assisi, Italy), 1st Prize and audience choice award in the University of Colorado Ekstrand Graduate Performance competition, 1st Prize in the University of Northern Colorado Concerto Competition and Angie Southard Performance Competition, and was also the winner of the Colorado College Summer Festival and Greeley Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competitions. In November 2016 he will be making his Carnegie Hall recital debut in New York City.