Co-Principal Clarinetist and a former Artistic Director of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, clarinetist Alan R. Kay serves as Principal Clarinet with New York’s Riverside Symphony and Little Orchestra Society. He also appears as principal with the American Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Mr. Kay’s honors include the C.D. Jackson Award at Tanglewood, a Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award, Juilliard’s 1980 Competition, and the 1989 Young Concert Artists Award with the sextet Hexagon later featured in the prizewinning documentary film, “Debut.”
Mr. Kay is a founding member of Windscape and Hexagon; he appears regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His summer festivals include the Yellow Barn and Skaneateles Festivals, and his innovative programming for the New York Chamber Ensemble is a feature of the Cape May Music Festival. Mr. Kay has recorded with Hexagon, Windscape, the Sylvan Winds, and Orpheus. His arrangements for wind quintet are available from Trevco Music Publishing and International Opus.
Also a conductor, Mr. Kay studied conducting at The Juilliard School and has conducted numerous ensembles throughout the New York City area. Mr. Kay taught at the Summer Music Academy in Leipzig, Germany in 2004 and currently teaches at the Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard and Stony Brook University.
He has served on the juries of the International Chamber Music Competition in Trapani, Italy, Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Concert Artist Guild auditions and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.