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Paul Garritson

Paul GarritsonAssociate Professor, Clarinet
Woodwind Area Coordinator
Member, Missouri Quintet
MM, Yale University
office: 262 Fine Arts Building
phone: 573-882-0929
fax: 573-884-7444
mailing address: 140 Fine Arts Building, Columbia, MO 65211

Paul Garritson joined the faculty at MU in 1986 as professor of clarinet. He completed the bachelor of arts degree at the University of California-Berkeley, and the master of music degree at Yale University. He has performed with numerous orchestras, including the St. Louis Symphony, the New Haven Symphony, the Orchestra of New England, and the State Ballet of Missouri. Professor Garritson performs regularly with the Gateway Festival Orchestra in St. Louis, with which he has soloed on several occasions. He was selected as principal clarinet for the east coast tour of the New Sousa Band with Keith Brion. Professor Garritson has performed as soloist at the annual meeting of the International Clarinet Society and has twice appeared in recital at the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium.

Professor Garritson has taught at Principia College, Webster University, and Washington University in St. Louis. His students have won or placed in competitions sponsored by Missouri Music Teachers Association, the National Federation of Music Clubs, and at the state, regional, and national levels of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

Professor Garritson is a member of the Missouri Quintet, an ensemble-in-residence at MU, which made its Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1989 and performs both in the United States and abroad. In the most recent CD release of the Missouri Quintet (2001) on which several works for winds by composer David Maslanka were recorded, American Record Guide (March/April 2002) made note of Professor Garritson's performance of the unaccompanied work Little Symphony, stating, "[he] executes his part to perfection with a reading that is full of nuance and insight."