Dr. Natalie Groom is a freelance clarinetist in Washington, D.C. In response to COVID-19 closures and cancellations, Natalie has taken on a role as an audio editor for Arts Laureate, a classical music recording company, and has since worked on projects with the President’s Own Marine Band, Choral Arts Society of Washington, Kutztown University, and more. She is a business owner, business consultant for small-mid size arts organizations, and a chamber ensemble manager. She recently finished her tenure as an Artist in Residence at Collington Retirement Community, where she created an entire new virtual concert series to continue bringing programming to seniors during the campus lockdown. She’s currently a Junior Board member of Washington Performing Arts and a volunteer for the Institute for Composer Diversity.
Natalie has been a featured soloist with the White Mountain Symphony Orchestra and has performed at The Kennedy Center, New World Center, The Anthem, Phillips Collection, and Goethe-Institut. She has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet and collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Esperanza Spalding, the National Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony Youth Ensemble.
Her publications include three reports in the International Clarinet Association journal and four sheet music publications. She is the co-inventor of the new single reed micrometer, Mr. Mapper, on which she wrote her dissertation titled An Analysis of Commercial Single Reed Micrometers and the Invention of a New Manual Single Reed Micrometer. As teacher, conductor, and academic, she has conducted numerous clarinet choirs and taught Applied Clarinet, Chamber Music, Rock and American Popular Music, and Business Communications at the University of Maryland and University of Arizona.
In 2018, Natalie and soprano Jennifer Piazza-Pick founded Whistling Hens, a chamber music ensemble that performs and commissions music by women composers. Their work invites listeners to reflect on the impact male privilege has had on traditional music programming, question the status quo of gender inequality in the classical music community, and engage with music by women of various backgrounds. Whistling Hens has received numerous grants, including the esteemed Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Program grant, and presented at Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Music by Women at Mississippi University for Women, and Darkwater Women in Music.
Natalie is clarinetist and composer of Classically Dope, a Wammie nominated hip-hop/rap and classical music collaboration with D.C. rapper Konshens the MC. Using music as an instrument of positive social influence, this ensemble tackles subjects such as the power of belief, racial inequality, stereotypes, police brutality, and being a change agent in the world. Two of her arrangements were premiered at The Anthem while opening for the National Symphony Orchestra in 2019, and in 2020, she will be premiering two works written for the University of Maryland Wind Orchestra.
Specializing in chamber music, Natalie was a fellowship wind quintet member of Wavelength Winds and the Fred Fox Wind Quintet, a career which included an international tour, the creation of a classical music video with Avant Projekts, and five commissions.
Natalie Groom earned her D.M.A. at the University of Maryland, M.B.A. and M.M. at the University of Arizona, and B.M. at Kent State University where she studied with Robert DiLutis, Jerry Kirkbride, Dennis Nygren, Amitai Vardi, Jackie Glazier, and Joseph Minocchi.
ICA Maryland Article
Balm for the Soul: Music for Seniors During COVID-19
Written for the International Clarinet Association's Maryland Chapter Journal, this article discusses Natalie's work as an Artist in Residence at Collington Retirement Community during COVID-19, and how the Mini Music series keeps the community engaged and interested.
ONLINE Lesson Studio is Open
To combat the spread of COVID-19, Dr. Groom has opened an online teaching studio. Use the Contact Form to register!
Visit the Teaching page to learn more about the online learning process and how it can be adapted to help you continue working during COVID-19 closures.
New Sheet Music Publications
Shop two new publications of songs for clarinet and soprano. Transcribed from Rebecca Clarke's works, Down by the Salley Gardens and Three Old English Songs are available for purchase from Whistling Hens Publishing. Click the button below for more information.
New Product - Mr. Mapper
The Definitive Single Reed Micrometer
Mr. Mapper was invented by clarinetists Natalie Groom and Robert DiLutis to correct all of the flaws found in other commercial single reed micrometers. The new and improved tool measures clarinet and saxophone reeds of all sizes and ensures the user can expect reliable readings and repeatable results.
Mr. Mapper is a micrometer designed to measure the thickness of single reeds (clarinet and saxophone) of any size. This user-friendly precision tool helps you improve reeds by identifying areas which need adjustment. Mr. Mapper uses a digital dial indicator, two planes of motion, and a set of pins to allow different areas of the reed to be measured and compared.
The ideal reed should be symmetrical from the center, but commercial reeds often fail the player in this regard. Use Mr. Mapper to identify points lacking symmetry, and adjust the reed for a purer tone, snappier response, and improved intonation. Mr. Mapper can be used to reproduce reeds to identical dimensions of your favorite reed. Empower yourself to get more life out of a box of reeds by making more of them playable.
Contact Dr. Groom if you're interested in testing or purchasing Mr. Mapper.