Danielle, Natalie, and Shannon won first prize at the International Clarinet Association's Research Competition in Belgium (2018) for their research
"An Examination of the Pedagogical Content of the Clarinet Solos on the Texas University Interscholastic League Prescribed Music List".
Danielle Woolery is Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of Instrumental Studies at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas where she teaches clarinet and courses in music education and pedagogy. She holds degrees from the University of Miami, where she was a Henry Mancini Institute Fellow, Webster University, and the University of North Texas. Dr. Woolery is an active chamber music performer and clinician who has given performances and presentations both nationally and internationally. She was awarded first prize in the 2013 International Clarinet Association Research Competition in Assisi, Italy and serves on the editorial board of the NACWPI Journal. She is the current President of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors.
Natalie Wright is a clarinetist and teacher originally from Weatherford, Texas. She attended Tarleton State University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude as a Presidential Honors Scholar, receiving a Bachelor of Music with Texas Teacher Certification in All-Level Music. After graduation, she spent a year teaching as a band director, instructing students ranging from elementary to high school. After that year, Natalie began attending graduate school at Texas Woman’s University. There she served as the Graduate Assistant for the clarinet studio and principal clarinetist in the TWU Wind Symphony. She graduated with her Master of Arts with an emphasis in Instrumental Pedagogy (Clarinet) in May of 2016. After graduation, she expanded her private clarinet studio, teaching both soprano and bass clarinet students. Natalie has given performances and presentations at conferences including the TMEA Clinic/Convention, the SMTE Symposium, and the NACWPI Conference. She currently resides in Tokyo, Japan.
At the age of fourteen, clarinetist Shannon McDonald performed as a soloist at the Mid-America Music Festival for an audience of over one thousand. The experience solidified in her a love of performing and the realization that sharing music with an audience of any size would become her passion. She has performed nationally and internationally, and particularly enjoys commissioning chamber pieces that include bass clarinet. Dr. McDonald is also passionate about pedagogy and teaching, won first prize in the 2021 International Clarinet Association Research Competition for her research, "Accommodating Learning Differences in the Clarinet Studio."
Dr. McDonald received her DMA in instrumental performance from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. You can visit her website at www.shannonmcdonaldclarinet.com.