El Schoepf

El S.

Baltimore, MD

About El S.

El teaches: Ages 18 and up
Teaching since: 2012
Last sign in: Within two months


About Music:
El S. is a clarinetist, improviser, and performance consultant based in Baltimore, MD. She holds a BA in music from Bucknell University, where she was awarded the Barbara Watson Grever Prize and the Bucknell Prize in Music. El is a passionate advocate for free improvisation in undergraduate music programs. She did graduate research on free improvisation and improvisation pedagogy at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, where she also founded and directed the Hawai’i Improvisation Intensive Ensemble.

El has studied clarinet with Henry Miyamura, Colleen Hartung, and Elisabeth Stimpert; piano with Barry Hannigan; composition with William Duckworth; and free improvisation with Phil Haynes.

About Japanese:
El has taught Japanese to English-speaking students since 2013. She uses a multi-faceted approach to language learning; incorporating all components of reading, speaking, listening, and writing. El received her BA with a minor in Japanese language in 2010.

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Japanese Tutor

May 2014 - Present
Self Employed

• Tutor beginning Japanese to adult learners preparing to study or do research abroad
• Instruction in speaking, reading, and writing in individual or small group format

Performance & Improvisation Coach

Apr 2014 - Present
Self Employed

• Teach pre-professional classical musicians to improvise through individual lessons & group workshops
• Coach pre-professional musicians preparing for a concert, recital, or audition in order to improve stage presence and overall technique
• Advise large ensembles and directors of stage works pre-performance in order to improve concert reviews
• Consult with clients about developing effective concert and recital programs

Repairist & Machinist

May 2015 - Mar 2016
Rice Clarinet Works

• Repair, overhaul, repad, and service clarinets for professional and pre-professional performers
• Troubleshoot instrument problems and prioritize repairs without fully overhauling
• Manufacture clarinet barrels and mouthpieces using manual lather, CNC lathe, and CNC mill with CAD/CAM Mach 3 software
• Office duties including contacting clients, sending emails, preparing instruments for shipment, ordering parts and supplies, and website maintenance


Nov 2014 - Apr 2015
Bucknell Interdisciplinary Improvisation Ensemble

• Teach non-idiomatic improvisation to a group of 6-10 classical musicians, dancers, and visual artists
• Coordinate auditions, rehearsals, and performances
• Develop and lead group and individual performance exercises
• Perform with the group on clarinet, piano, and found instruments


Jan 2013 - May 2013
Hawai'i Inderdisciplinary Improvisation Ensemble

• Founded new ensemble based on sister group BIIE
• Teach classical musicians to improvise, both individually and as a group of 6-10 musicians
• Develop and lead group and individual performance exercises
• Perform with the group on clarinet, piano, and found instruments
• Record rehearsals for analysis and research

Senshu Program Intern

May 2009 - Aug 2009
Susquehanna University

• Teach English language skills to Senshu University students studying abroad
• Plan activities, field trips, transportation, and other logistics
• Tutor students one-on-one and in groups
• Help international students adjust to American culture


Graduate work in Clarinet Performance & Musicology

Jan 2011 - Dec 2013
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, Music

Jan 2007 - May 2010
Bucknell University

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Manoa Opportunity Grant

May 2013
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

Manoa Music Scholarship

May 2013
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

Bucknell Prize in Music

May 2010
Bucknell University

Barbara Watson Grever Prize

May 2010
Bucknell University


Phi Beta Kappa

May 2010

The Phi Beta Kappa Society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

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