Harmony Music House

Clarinet Lessons

Howard Van Dam

A versatile woodwind musician, Howard Van Dam II has been performing along the front range of Colorado for over 30 years. Howard is currently clarinetist with the Stratus Chamber Orchestra, and has performed with the Jefferson Symphony, Evergreen Chamber Orchestra and Boulder Symphony. Howard's chamber music experience includes works by Crusell, Weber, Poulenc, Schubert and Feldman. As a jazz saxophonist (alto and tenor saxophone) he has performed in small groups and big bands, including a "big band and strings" show with Broadway star Tom Wopat in 2012. He has performed in many theatre productions including Candide, 110 In The Shade, Cabaret, Anything Goes, Gypsy, and Annie Get Your Gun. Just for something completely different, he played Penny Whistle and Recorder at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, and with Dragon Mountain, a traditional Irish music ensemble, and plays native american flute. Howard studied clarinet at Colorado State University with Dr. Dave Harman, and his primary teachers are Fred Martinez, Greg Dufford, Daniel Silver and Deborah Marshall.


Deborah Marshall

Deborah Marshall, clarinet, has performed with artists ranging from Peter Serkin to Yo-Yo Ma.  She lived in Germany for 22 years where she performed with many of the country's best-known orchestras.  She served on the faculty of the Hochschule fur Musik in Munich and the Richard Strauss Conservatory for 14 years and has coached and given master classes throughout Europe, addition to playing with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra.  The following 11 years were spent in Budapest and Moscow, where she continued her active career as soloist and chamber musician. She has recorded for practically every German broadcasting corporation, as well as Austrian Radio ORF, Swiss Radio SRG and Radio Orfeo Moscow.  She now resides in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband, the writer and librettist, Douglas Penick.