Play the clarinet in a professional orchestra or group.
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What do Clarinetists do?

Clarinetists are professional Musicians who are paid to play the clarinet for audiences as part of a live or recorded group. Their instrument of choice is soft-spoken, focused, and fastidious, as opposed to other instruments like the tuba, which is unique and fun loving, or the flute, which is generally quiet and reserved.

Whether your personality matches that of your instrument or not, your job as a Clarinetist is the same: A member of a band, orchestra, woodwind quintet, wind ensemble, or woodwind choir, you play concertos, symphonies, and sonatas for classical music lovers. Or, you might play in the pit orchestra of a theater during operas and musicals. You might even find yourself in a recording studio, recording musical scores for television shows and films.

Always, however, you spend your days doing one, some, or all of the following activities: taking private clarinet lessons, auditioning for bands and orchestras, rehearsing with fellow Musicians, and performing chosen numbers, usually under the direction of a Conductor.

Usually one of many Clarinetists in a band or orchestra, you’re like a single seagull in a sizeable flock: You must shine as an individual while also blending in with the group, note by note and chord by chord. It’s not easy, but the result—harmony and melody—is literally music to the ears!

Should I be a Clarinetist?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.

  • Also known as: Clarinet Player

    How to become a Clarinetist

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