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Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Emily Ji is a clarinet player and educator who strives to continue the great tradition of French-American clarinet playing that began with Daniel Bonade. She has attended numerous festivals both in the states and abroad, such as the Marrowstone Music Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Chautauqua Institution, and the Zodiac Music Academy and Festival located in Valdeblore, France.
Emily has performed with renowned conductors including Stephen Rogers Radcliffe, H. Robert Reynolds, Timothy Muffitt, Edwin Outwater, Christian Reif, Joseph Young, Robert Moody, Jacomo Bairos, and Gemma New. Emily has collaborated with members of the San Francisco Symphony, and has shared programs with world renowned chamber ensembles such as the Kronos Quartet. She has performed in master classes for a number of prominent clarinetists including Michel Lethiec, Mark Dover, Ralph Skiano, Anthony McGill, and Julian Bliss.
Emily currently serves as the Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at Concordia University Ann Arbor. She has also worked as a clarinet instructor for Mentors for Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra, MPulse Summer Performing Arts Clarinet Institute, and the San Francisco Symphony Education Department in schools around the San Francisco Bay Area.
Emily received her BM in clarinet performance from the University of Michigan and her MM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree from the University of Michigan. Her primary teachers include Jay deVries (Flint Symphony), Mark Dover (Imani Winds), Chad Burrow (Oklahoma City Philharmonic), Dan Gilbert (Cleveland Orchestra), and Carey Bell (San Francisco Symphony).