November 30, 2015
Among his peers, 20th-century classical composer Alexander Arutiunian (1920-2012) is celebrated for incorporating the folk traditions of Armenian music into many of his works. WCU clarinetist Karen Dannessa explores Arutiunian’s Suite in an article in the December issue of the International Clarinet Association’s journal, The Clarinet.
Dannessa is a regular contributor to The Clarinet, in addition to teaching, and has presented lecture/recitals for the College Music Society.
She has performed with various orchestras, including the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, and internationally as clarinet soloist at the Heraklion Arts Festival in Crete and the Czech Republic. She also is clarinetist for the Quintsylvania Winds, WCU’s faculty woodwind quintet.
As Duo del Sol, she and WCU oboe professor Henry Grabb have created a repertoire for clarinet and English horn by commissioning and premiering works from composers Joseph Gregorio, Alejandro Arguello, Mark Rimple (WCU professor of music theory and composition), Katherine Murdock, Jason Haney, Mark Sforzini, Howard Buss, and Matthew Herman.
Earlier this semester, Duo del Sol released a new CD Windward (Centaur), featuring works by some of these composers in duos for clarinet and English horn.
Dannessa earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Youngstown State University; a Master of Music in Performance/Woodwind Specialty from Michigan State University; and the Doctor of Music in Clarinet Performance from Florida State University.