First, some classical clarinetists. This list is not all-inclusive. If you would like to add the name of a woman clarinetist (and her location) visit my contact page and send me an email or post a comment.
Principal clarinet, Atlanta Symphony
Michele Zukovsky, Principal Clarinet
and clarinetist Monica Kaenzig
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Nashville Symphony Orchestra and the ALIAS Chamber Ensemble
New York City freelancer Eileen Mack
Newspeak Ensemble, Red Light Ensemble, and the all woman band, Victoire. She appears frequently as a soloist in electro-acoustic works.
San Francisco-based Beth Custer
Bandleader, clarinet teacher, and proprietor of BC Records. Performs with Clarinet Thing, the Latin-jazz-rock influenced Doña Luz 30 Besos, and leads The Beth Custer Ensemble.
Clarinet soloist, founder of the Verdehr Trio, professor of clarinet at Michigan State University.
Boston-based Diane Heffner
Dinosaur Annex and other contemporary music groups
New York-based Esther Lamneck plays clarinet and the Hungarian Tárogató, a single reed woodwind instrument.
A soloist with orchestras, at music festivals worldwide, and internationally renowned recording artist. Program Director of Woodwind Studies and the Clarinet Studio at New York University
Director of Hofstra University's American Chamber Ensemble.
A freelancer based in Santa Barbara, CA, Nancy Mathison
Plays with area orchestras and on numerous chamber music concerts. She teaches music in the public schools.
European-based Sabine Meyer
International soloist and recording artist. See Commentary
Boston-based saxophonist Elise Hall
See Commentary for her early 20th century achievements
Montreal-based Lori Freedman
Contrabass, bass, A, B-flat, C and E-flat clarinets
Teaches at McGill University in Montreal; performs written and improvised music with orchestras, chamber ensemble and solo. http://www.lorifreedman.com/en/
Australia-based Nicole Canham
Performing artist: mainstream classical music, chamber music and as collaborator with artists from theatre, film, photography, visual art and dance. http://www.nicolecanham.com/
Most women who play jazz clarinet also play saxophone. Here are somewomen who play saxophone of whatever size: soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone. Those listed first are women who began their careers in the first half of the 20th century, prior to 1950.
Vi Burnside and Roz Cron
Both played with the
co-founder of California-based Maiden Voyage
Vi Redd and Peggy Gilbert
Below are some contemporary jazz saxophone players. This list is not all-inclusive. If you'd like to add another name, feel free to do so on my comments page!
Playing sax in Sherrie Maricle and the DIVA Jazz Orchestra are:
Erika von Kleist, Sherel Cassity, Jannell Reichman, Leigh Pilzer and Lisa Parrott.
Alto saxophonist Kit McClure, leads her all-woman Kit McClure Band which
includes saxophonists Paula Atherton, Jenny Hill, Sheila Cooper, Maria Lazzaro and Claire Daily.
Jane Ira Bloom
Amsterdam-based Tineke Postina plays saxophone in various groups.
If I skipped your favorite female clarinet or sax player please go to my Contact page and send me her name!