Single Reeds, Music Appreciation
Gabrielle Baffoni is instructor of clarinet and saxophone at Southeast Missouri State University. She joined the faculty in 2012. She has held teaching positions at Tabor College, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music and Dance, and the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. For two years she taught band and chorus in the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District in Massachusetts. At Southeast Missouri State her duties include applied clarinet and saxophone, chamber music, music appreciation and single reed techniques.
Dr. Baffoni is originally from Johnston, Rhode Island. She received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire, and her Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. She earned her D.M.A. in Clarinet Performance from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, where her culminating project was a lecture recital focusing on music for clarinet and percussion duo.
With a passion for chamber music, Dr. Baffoni has performed with several woodwind quintets over the last ten years, including the Liberace Winds Graduate Fellowship Wind Quintet at UMKC. She is committed to the commissioning and performance of new music for woodwinds, including works for woodwind quintet, clarinet choir, clarinet and percussion, and a piece for flute, clarinet and electronics. There are also several projects in the works, including duos for clarinet and euphonium and a work for single reed choir.
As a clarinetist, Dr. Baffoni has performed with various ensembles throughout the United States. She has appeared as a soloist with ensembles at the University of New Hampshire, UMKC and Bethel College. She has performed regularly with orchestras including Miami City Ballet, Hollywood (FL) Philharmonic Orchestra, Boca Raton Philharmonic Symphonia, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra, and Civic Opera Theatre of Kansas City. She is the second clarinetist with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held since 2008.