Natalie Groom is currently clarinetist of Wavelength Winds quintet and substitute clarinetist of the Annapolis Symphony and Huntington Symphony Orchestras. A freelance musician, business consultant, and Junior Board member of Washington Performing Arts, she is a doctoral student studying with Robert DiLutis at the University of Maryland. A recent concerto competition winner, she performed Louis Spohr’s Concerto No. 1 with the White Mountain Symphony Orchestra in 2017. Other solo appearances include Leonard Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs and Duke Ellington’s Tiger Rag.
Specializing in wind quintet chamber music, Ms. Groom was clarinetist of the Fred Fox Wind Quintet (2013–2015), a group that was featured in a three-week tour of China across twelve cities and was integral in earning a $20 million endowment for the University of Arizona School of Music. FFWQ also competed in the MTNA Chamber Music Division National Finals and Plowman Chamber Competition Semi-Finals. She was ensemble manager that year.
Ms. Groom has attended the Henri Selmer Clarinet Academy, Miami Music Festival, and Orford Centre d’Arts all on competitive scholarship as an orchestral, opera, and chamber musician. Additionally, she has performed in masterclasses with artists such as Philippe Berrod, David Krakauer, Fazil Say, and the Imani Winds and conducted clinics and masterclasses of her own. She is also a published contributor to the International Clarinet Association journal, The Clarinet.
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, grants, and scholarships including the UMD Quintet Fellowship, UA Quintet Fellowship, Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award, 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 KSU 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.