Natalie Groom is a freelance clarinetist in Washington, D.C. and substitute clarinetist of the Annapolis Symphony and Annapolis Opera. She is the artist-in-residence at Collington Retirement Community, a Junior Board member of Washington Performing Arts, and a volunteer for the Institute for Composer Diversity. This year she performed a joint concert with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, won a residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute, and opened for the National Symphony Orchestra.
Natalie was a featured soloist with the White Mountain Symphony Orchestra and has performed at The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, New World Center, The Anthem, The Phillips Collection, and Goethe-Institut, among many other venues. Her festival and conference performances include Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Darkwater Women in Music, Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, Clarinetfest 2018 in Belgium, Henri Selmer Clarinet Academy, Miami Music Festival, Orford Centre d’Arts, and an outreach concert at Anacostia High School opening for Yo-Yo Ma and Esperanza Spalding.
A teacher, conductor, and academic, she has led the New Horizons clarinet choir and taught Rock and American Popular Music, Business Communications, and clarinet/saxophone lessons for Music for Life, Tucson Summer Music, Music & Arts, and The Gregory School. She has published three event reports in the International Clarinet Association journal.
In 2018, she and soprano Jennifer Piazza-Pick founded Whistling Hens, a chamber music ensemble which celebrates and advances the artistic accomplishments of women by performing and commissioning all female-composed music. 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.
Natalie is clarinetist of Classically Dope, a 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. She also composes/arranges music for Classically Dope.
Specializing in chamber music, Natalie was a fellowship wind quintet member of Wavelength Winds and the Fred Fox Wind Quintet. In her tenure, she toured China for a month, created a classical music video in collaboration with Avant Projekts, recorded two albums, and was integral in securing a $20 million donation to the Fred Fox School of Music.
Natalie Groom earns her D.M.A. at the University of Maryland (graduating 2020), 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.
Photo by Will Starks
Collington Retirement Community Residency
Natalie was awarded a residency at Collington Retirement Community in Bowie, Maryland. As their artist-in-residence, she will perform frequently in addition to coordinating concerts, bringing in guest lecturers, and leading educational seminars.
Now in its third year, this program has been featured by The Today Show and ABC. This residency is made possible by a partnership between the University of Maryland School of Music and Collington, A Kendal Affiliate. To learn more about the community visit www.collington.kendal.org
Music Video Release
In their first ever music video collaboration, Classically Dope has just released the official music video accompanying the single release of "My Pih-Poh." My Pih-Poh (my people) is available for download and streaming on all digital platforms. Watch the video here!
Learn more about Classically Dope by visiting www.classicallydope.com.
Whistling Hens Awarded Outstanding Performers
In November 2019, Whistling Hens received the 2019 Outstanding Performer Award from Prince George's County Arts and Humanities Council.
Photo by Christopher Valentine
Publication in The Clarinet
This marks Natalie's third publication in the International Clarinet Association's quarterly journal, The Clarinet. Read it here!