Dr. Natalie Groom is a clarinetist, educator, composer, and arts manager in Maryland where she is the clarinet professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. A few of Natalie’s performance career highlights include being a featured soloist with the White Mountain Symphony Orchestra and performing at The Kennedy Center, New World Center, The Anthem, Phillips Collection, Austrian and Spanish Embassies, and Goethe-Institut. She has toured China with the Fred Fox Quintet and performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, Baltimore Symphony Youth Ensemble, Annapolis Symphony, Annapolis Opera, Tucson Symphony, and Symphony of the Potomac.
Natalie particularly loves where chamber music intersects activism—in 2018, Natalie and soprano Jennifer Piazza-Pick founded Whistling Hens to perform and commission music by women composers and create a financially and artistically equitable future for women in music. Whistling Hens just celebrated the release of their debut album and being awarded Chamber Music America’s Classical Commissioning Grant with composer Kate Soper.
As a committed educator and academic, Natalie has been published numerous times in the International Clarinet Association journal, and she is co-inventor of the new single reed micrometer, Reed Mapper®, on which she wrote her dissertation. In addition to giving masterclasses and presentations across the country, she has conducted numerous clarinet choirs and taught clarinet and chamber music at the University of Maryland, College Park and University of Arizona.
As a composer/arranger, Natalie’s music has been performed at the American Single Reed Summit, International Clarinet Association Conference, District New Music Coalition Conference, Mississippi Music by Women Festival, University of Maryland, The Anthem, and Smithsonian American History Museum. In 2019, two of her arrangements were premiered opening for the National Symphony Orchestra, and in 2022 two of her arrangements for rapper and wind orchestra were premiered by the University of Maryland, College Park Wind Orchestra. April 22nd, an unaccompanied clarinet piece, was featured in the International Clarinet Association Journal in 2022, and she’s currently working on a commission about the stages of grief and a series of story works for children.
While COVID-19 has put live performance on pause for many, Natalie remains musically engaged working as a voting member of the Recording Academy and as the Manager of Advancement Operations and Analytics at Washington Performing Arts. Prior to this role, she was an audio engineer, producer, and manager for virtual and live classical music at Arts Laureate, and she was an Artist in Residence at Collington Retirement Community where she responded to the pandemic with 45 virtual events that brought essential programming to isolated seniors.
Natalie Groom earned her D.M.A. at the University of Maryland, College Park, M.B.A. and M.M. at the University of Arizona, and B.M. at Kent State University, and she studied with Robert DiLutis, Jerry Kirkbride, Dennis Nygren, Amitai Vardi, Jackie Glazier, and Joseph Minocchi.
Headshot by Will Starks/Lyarks Films.