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Alumni News : Jul 19, 2017

SOM alumna performs with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in world premiere

Clarinetist and School of Music alumna Kira Bokalders (BM ’06) performed Second/Eb Clarinet with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in their inaugural New Music Festival July 15, 2017 at Joseph Meyerhoff Hall. The concert, conducted by Music Director Marin Alsop, featured works by American composer Kevin Puts, Polish composer Agata Zubel and Syrian-American composer Malek Jandali. The performance marked the world premiere of Jandali’s “The Silent Ocean.”

 Bokalders received a BM in Music Performance at the University of Florida under the instruction of Professor of Clarinet Mitchell Estrin. Following her time at UF, she completed a Master in Music Performance in addition to a Performance Residency Certificate at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

She is an active performer in the Pittsburgh and Mid-Atlantic region, often playing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Opera, Wheeling Symphony, Canton Symphony and Erie Philharmonic. In 2016 she began performing Principal Clarinet with Opera Steamboat in Steamboat Springs, CO in their summer opera festival. In addition to performing, she maintains an active private teaching studio in the Pittsburgh region.

Read more about the New Music Festival concert in its review by The Washington Post available at