Artist in residence performing at area schools, concerts
Clarinetist Jen Augello is Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra artist in residence for 2013.
Augello will perform for more than 20 school, community and service groups throughout southeast Iowa Monday to March 22, including two full recitals: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Zion United Church of Christ in Burlington and 4 p.m. March 19 at Pennsylvania Place in Ottumwa. Both recitals are free and open to the public.
Augello’s solo concert performances with the orchestra will be at: 7:30 p.m. March 23 at Burlington Memorial Auditorium; 3 p.m. March 24 at Indian Hills College St. John Auditorium in Ottumwa; and 7:30 p.m. March 24 in the Iowa Wesleyan College Chapel Auditorium Mount Pleasant. She will perform Mozart’s Concerto in A Major for Clarinet, K. 622.
Originally from the Chicago area, Augello began playing the clarinet at age 10. She went on to study with Maurita Mead at the University of Iowa, where she completed a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in only four years.
As a junior, Augello was a finalist in the Iowa Center for the Arts Competition and the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Young Artist Competition. She received fellowships to attend the Rome Festival in Italy and the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific in Canada and began subbing with Orchestra Iowa, formerly the Cedar Rapids Symphony, in her senior year.
Augello went on to study with Yehuda Gilad for one year in Los Angeles before attending the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she recently completed her Master of Music degree. While studying with Ixi Chen and Ben Freimuth at CCM, she earned a position with the Ohio Light Opera, a fellowship to the National Orchestral Institute and the artist in residence position with the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra’s 2012-2013 season.
In addition to performing, Augello also is a private clarinet instructor and has taught music classes for WhizKids, a program bringing music to schools lacking fine arts departments in Cincinnati. Augello currently resides in Houston, where she studies with Richie Hawley and holds a private studio of 25 students.