Michael Drapkin has enjoyed a career as a music performer, symphony orchestra clarinetist, composer, arranger, publisher, music retailer, educator, clinician and adjudicator. As a clarinetist, he was a member of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, as Associate Principal and Bass Clarinet, New York City Opera Touring Company as Principal Clarinet and Lake George Opera Festival (now Opera Saratoga) as Principal Clarinet. Drapkin has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Portland Symphony, the Long Island Philharmonic, the Brooklyn Philharmonic and with conductors Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Michael Tilson Thomas, Neville Marriner, Leonard Slatkin, Lucas Foss, Christopher Keene, Klaus Tennstedt, Frederick Fennell, and many more celebrated orchestras and maestros. Drapkin currently holds the position of bass clarinetist with the Mid-Texas Symphony. Michael Drapkin is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Stanley Hasty, toured Japan with the Eastman Wind Ensemble under Donald Hunsberger, and played Principal Clarinet in the Eastman Philharmonia under David Effron.
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