Brian Dredla

Organization: Musical Instrument Museum
Title: Principal Clarinet, West Valley Symphony; Director of Education and Public Programs, Musical Instrument Museum
Program Graduation: MM, ALP Certificate 2004
Musical Studies: Clarinet
Musical Specialties: Education, Large Ensemble
Non-Musical Specialties: Education, Human Development, Social Justice
Quote: “The ALP program helped show me the various ways to build a career rooted in music. I am grateful for all of my experiences at Eastman, including the opportunity to participate in such an entrepreneurial and innovative arts leadership program.”


Brian Dredla earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Rochester and a Bachelor of Music degree with highest honors in clarinet performance from the University of Michigan. He also holds a master of music degree in clarinet performance and literature from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. As a clarinetist, Dredla has played with numerous professional and festival orchestras. He performed for two seasons with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In Chicago, Dredla also taught privately and participated regularly in music outreach programs for underserved communities. He is currently principal clarinet of the West Valley Symphony in Surprise, Arizona. Dredla has worked at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, Arizona since 2008. He is Director of education and public programs, overseeing field trips and tours, educational classes and programming, and signature events.