Dr. Natalie Groom is a freelance clarinetist and teacher in Washington, D.C. In response to COVID-19 closures and cancellations, Natalie has taken on a role as an audio editor and producer for Arts Laureate, a classical music recording company, and has since collaborated on virtual ensemble projects with the President’s Own Marine Band, LA Opera, Choral Arts Society of Washington, Music Academy of the West, and more. She is a business owner, business consultant, 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 pandemic mandated 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. She has taught clarinet, chamber music, and academic courses at the University of Maryland and University of Arizona and K-12 students through Music for Life, St. Gregory's Preparatory, Tucson Summer Music, and the Switkes Chamber Music Festival.
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 and Washington Post featured 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 2021, 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.
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