Natalie Groom is currently clarinetist of the Wavelength Winds and a substitute with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. A freelance musician, business consultant, and private instructor, she studies with Robert DiLutis at the University of Maryland as a doctoral student. A recent concerto competition winner, she performed Louis Spohr’s Concerto No. 1 with the White Mountain Symphony Orchestra in April 2017. Other solo appearances include Leonard Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs and Duke Ellington’s Tiger Rag.
This summer, Ms. Groom was accepted to the Henri Selmer Clarinet Academy on a Selmer-sponsored scholarship of the highest award. She previously attended the Miami Music Festival and Orford Centre d’Arts on scholarship as an orchestral, opera, and chamber musician. Additionally, she has performed in masterclasses with artists such as Philippe Berrod, David Krakauer, and the Imani Winds and conducted clinics and masterclasses herself at local institutions.
Ms. Groom was clarinetist of the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet (2013–2015), a group which competed in the 2014 MTNA Chamber Music Division National Finals and the 2015 Plowman Chamber Competition Semi-Finals. The quintet also served as university ambassadors to China during a three-week tour across twelve cities. This ensemble was integral in the Fox family’s decision to bestow a $20 million endowment to the UA School of Music, and the quintet was featured in press releases and a TV interview centered on the gift. Ms. Groom filled the role of ensemble manager during that year.
Ms. Groom earned her M.B.A. and M.M. from the University of Arizona and a B.M. and double minor in Jazz Studies and Entrepreneurship from Kent State University. She studied with Jerry Kirkbride, Dennis Nygren, Amitai Vardi, and Jackie Glazier. During this time she served as a substitute in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and principal of numerous ensembles while teaching Business Communications, Rock and American Popular Music, Clarinet Studio, and Clarinet Choir.
She has received many awards, including the UMD Quintet Fellowship, UA Quintet Fellowship, Lee T. Hanley Memorial Scholarship, Timothy Hay Clarinet Scholarship, Roy D. Metcalf Musicianship Award, second prize in the Intel Case Competition, and second prize in the 2012 Business Concept Competition. A recent graduate of the Eller College of Management, Ms. Groom’s focus was on market research and data analytics. At her new home in Maryland, she looks forward to combining her passion for music and business in ways that enable the industry to thrive.