Canadian clarinetist Jana Starling has recently joined the music faculty at the University of Western Ontario in London, ON. She previously taught at Arizona State University, Mount Allison University in New Brunswick and Brandon University, Manitoba. Her debut CD Inflexion earned a 2007 East Coast Music Award nomination in Canada for Classical Recording of the Year and hailed a 'true listening pleasure' in The Clarinet magazine (March 2008).
Ms. Starling is an active commissioner and performer of contemporary works, has performed at the International Clarinetfest (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011). She has performed with the Arizona Opera company, Phoenix Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and at the Belgian Clarinet Academy and has an eclectic background of performing with world music ensembles such as international folk, Mariachi, and East Indian classical music ensembles.
Ms. Starling has degrees in Music Education and Performance from Brandon University, Canada and graduate degrees Arizona State University and her primary teachers have been Ron Goddard and Robert Spring. Her diverse teaching career has led her to the wilds of Paraguay, South America were she spent two years teaching woodwinds and instrumental ensembles. She has been the guest artist/clinician at the Belgian Clarinet Academy in 2008, and today as an educator, she is an active throughout Canada and the US.
Currently Ms. Starling is working on a CD of new clarinet duos with clarinetist Robert Spring and plays Eb clarinet in the recently-formed Ironwood Trio.. Her second solo CD, Mythos has been released by Potenza Music in the summer of 2011.
July 2011: Jana accepted a full-time, tenure-track position teaching clarinet at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. www.music.uwo.ca
Second solo CD: Mythos will be released in August 2011 through Potenza Music and available at www.justforwinds.com. Mythos features Jana Starling, clarinet and Gail Novak, piano. This CD contains a wide variety of music including Dana Wilson's "Liquid Ebony," Mark Schultz's "Into the Monster's Lair," Theresa Martin's "Gryphon," and the Muczynski "Time Pieces."
Jana Invited Performer at 2008 ICA Conference: Jana will be heading to Kansas City in July to attend Clarinetfest 2008, where she will perform the world premiere of a work by Eric Mandat for two clarinets. The duo will feature ASU professor and clarinetist Robert Spring.
INFLEXION Nominated for EMCA: Jana's debut CD was nominated for a 2007 East Coast Music Award in the Classical Recording of the Year category.
Jana at Clarinetfest 2007: Jana was selected as one of the performers at Clarinetfest 2007, the International Clarinet Association annual conference. This event draws artists from around the world and was held in Vancouver July 4 to 8, 2007.
New CD: Jana's debut recording "INFLEXION" is now available for purchase through PayPal. Recorded in Phoenix, AZ in 2005, this new CD demonstrates Jana's beautiful sound and mastery of the clarinet with a varied selection of works from different eras and composers. Please visit the Recording page for more information.