Edward Sundra

Edward S.

Ypsilanti, MI

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I have roughly 10 years of saxophone experience, focusing primarily on alto and tenor saxophone in a jazz setting. Although I am primarily a classical clarinetist, I love jazz and think improvisation is one of the most invaluable tools any musician can possess. I also teach classical saxophone at a beginner and intermediate level, focusing heavily on fundamentals and aural training.
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Edward delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10 to 65

Teaching since:
March 2013

Hi, my name is Eddie Sundra, and I teach private clarinet and saxophone in the Ann Arbor area. I've been playing clarinet and saxophone for over 15 and 10 years, respectively, and I've been teaching professionally for the past five years. My musical interests generally include classical, jazz, and a slew of other musical genres ranging from ethnic to electronic. I have experience teaching students from beginning through collegiate levels, with a special emphasis on middle and high school students. As a doubler myself, I encourage clarinet students who are interested in jazz to learn saxophone, as it expands their versatility and expressive capabilities.
As a performer, I have played in orchestras and chamber ensembles across the country and some in Europe. I am currently a member of the Lima Symphony in Ohio and Hartford Symphony in Connecticut, and I am a substitute member of many others.
I have degrees in clarinet performance from the University of Michigan and Penn State, and my principal teachers include Chad Burrow, Dan Gilbert, and Dr. Anthony J. Costa. I have also completed additional studies with major symphony players such as Michael Rusinek, Joaquin Valdepenas, and Burt Hara.
As a teacher, I've maintained small private studios in the Ann Arbor, MI and State College, PA areas. I've also taught saxophone and clarinet in Aspen, Colorado with the P.A.L.S. program, as part of the Aspen Music Festival.

--Teaching Philosophy--

My goal as a teacher is to help cultivate an enriching and entertaining musical experience with the clarinet and/or saxophone. I hope to cater to the student’s goals as a performer (whether it be achieving perfect scores in solo competitions or simply learning to play a few easy jazz tunes), while offering a wealth of information along the way. Lessons will focus on fundamentals, musical literacy, aural skills, artistic creativity, improvisation, and composition. While I believe that structure in lessons is important for consistent development, I also believe that every student has different needs and interests, therefore each student receives individually-tailored lessons. The material I use is a culmination of both what I've used and personally developed, as well as materials my teachers have used and recommended in pedagogy classes I've taken.

It is my hope that I can help students obtain their goals while enjoying the wonderfully creative experience of learning an instrument and expressing themselves through the wonderful world of music.

For more information, check out my website a eddiesundra dot com.

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Principal Clarinet
Nov 2017 - Present
Lima Symphony Orchestra

I am a member of the Lima Symphony Orchestra in Lima, Ohio.

3rd and Bass Clarinet
Oct 2016 - Present
Hartford Symphony Orchestra

I play 3rd clarinet and bass clarinet with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut.

Substitute Musician/Bass Clarinet
Aug 2016 - Present
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

I am an active substitute musician with the Ann Arbor Symphony–a strong regional orchestra and an important part of the A2 community.

Bass Clarinet Fellowship Recipient
Jun 2016 - Present
Aspen Music Festival

The Aspen Music Festival is one of the country's largest summer classical music festivals. My primary role is playing clarinet/bass clarinet in the various orchestras associated with the festival. In addition, I am a music tutor for middle and high school woodwind students in the Roaring Fork Valley as part of the P.A.L.S. program.

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Associate Member
Aug 2016 - May 2017
The Civic Orchestra of Chicago

The Civic Orchestra of Chicago is one of the preeminent young artist orchestras in the country, and partners frequently with the world-famous Chicago Symphony Orchestra. I am a part-time member of this ensemble.

Aug 2015 - Aug 2015
Thy Chamber Music Festival, Aalborg, Denmark

I traveled with my woodwind quintet to perform chamber music with world-renowned faculty in an incredibly beautiful setting: northern Denmark. We played concerts in various locations for local audiences and put together informative presentations for high school and college students.

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Master's in Music, Clarinet Performance and Chamber Music
Sep 2014 - May 2016
University of Michigan
Bachelor's in Music, Clarinet Performance
Aug 2010 - May 2014
Penn State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Winner, Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition, 2013
Nov 2013
Penn State University
2nd Prize, 2012 Orchestral Audition Competition
Aug 2012
International Clarinet Association


Chamber Music America
Apr 2013

Chamber Music America (CMA) is an American non-profit organization that provides small ensemble professionals with access to a variety of professional development, networking, and funding resources. CMA's regular initiatives include grants, awards, and commissioning programs for ensembles and presenters, a national conference held annually in New York City, and the publication of Chamber Music magazine.

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International Clarinet Association
Sep 2010

The International Clarinet Association is a community of clarinetists and clarinet enthusiasts that supports projects that will benefit clarinet performance; provides opportunities for the exchange of ideas, materials, and information among its members; fosters the composition, publication, recording, and distribution of music for the clarinet; encourages the research and manufacture of a more definitive clarinet; avoids commercialism in any form while encouraging communication and cooperation among clarinetists and the music industry; and encourages and promotes the performance and teaching of a wide variety of repertoire for the clarinet.

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Photos & Videos

The Gates of Delirium (originally performed by legendary prog rock group Yes) – transcribed for clarinet and electronics by Eddie Sundra.
Eugine Bozza – Bucolique for Clarinet and Piano

Eddie Sundra – Clarinet
Svetlana Rodionova – Piano
John Frandsen: DeCadences - a stage fight for five wind players

Recorded in Viborg Music Hall, Denmark
Ticheli Clarinet Concerto, Mvt. 3: Riffs for Lenny
Performed with the Penn State Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
Photo by Edward S.

Photo by Edward S.
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