Click over Logo to Home Page

Introducing Senior Artist VIP

D Stanley Hasty -  Retired Solo Clarinetist in Rochester Philharmonic;  Professor Emeritus at Eastman School of Music and Major Teacher Legend

In Memoriam - 22 June 2011


            D Stanley Hasty is considered one of the most respected Clarinetists and teacher of this age, with the wealth of professional high visability positions in major Orchestras around the United States as listed below, and especially his special position as the major teacher at the Eastman School of Music, having been the mentor of countless numbers of successful students who have achieved major Orchestral positions in all the major Symphonies in the US and abroad.  Many of the great names now sitting in these Orchestras were past Alumni of Eastman under his hand.  Students such as Larry Combs, Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, James Pyne, David Etheridge, Michael Webster, Peter Hadcock, Kenneth Grant, and others are products of his teaching and inspiration. The below biography gives a quick summary of Mr Hasty's accomplishments.



19 March 2012

D Stanley Hasty Tribute by former Eastman Student and Professor at Bowling Green State University (Ohio) Kevin Schempf 19 March 2012

Bowling Green, Ohio USA

Clarinetist’s legacy lives on at BGSU
Posted by cdahn in all, faculty news, instrumental

VIP Kevin Schempf, former Eastman student and Professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio

               Renowned clarinetist and Eastman School of Music professor Stanley Hasty saw greatness in BGSU’s College of Musical Arts. Hasty had presented master classes at Bowling Green in 2001 and 2008, and he chose to leave a collection of materials, music and instruments to Kevin Schempf, his former student who currently is sharing his version of a Hasty education with clarinet students at BGSU.

              “Mr. Hasty was aware that our College of Musical Arts and its faculty are known for turning out great graduates and professionals,” Schempf said about Hasty’s connection to BGSU. “He loved to teach, and he knew that teaching our students is what we do best here.”

              Hasty was a masterful teacher, and he demanded the very best from his students, Schempf said. “He had a unique gift for making the music understandable and sound beautiful by breaking down the mystery of music into simple principles.“

             While Hasty was arguably one of the best clarinet teachers of the 20th century, he also was a man of few words, Schempf recalled. “He didn’t teach us to be like him, but he would first teach us to read and perform music in his way and then help us find a way to make it our own,” he added.

            And making music his own is exactly what Schempf has done following his Eastman School of Music education with Professor Hasty. Schempf started his professional career as a member of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and the United States Coast Guard Band, and he has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Toledo Symphony, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. He recently performed for two weeks with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and appeared with them at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City… He also has played internationally in Germany, Russia, Sweden, China and Japan, and serves as solo clarinetist with the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. However much like his Eastman professor, Schempf has discovered his real passion is teaching. He has been teaching clarinet at BGSU for 13 years and loves the opportunity to work with talented young musicians.

           It is that strong commitment to teaching that most likely contributed to Schempf and BGSU being gifted the collection. “I am honored to have the collection in my possession,” he said, because admittedly it could have gone to any number of other Hasty protégés who have had acclaimed careers. He believes it was because Hasty knew “BG is one of those schools where faculty and students are part of a melting pot with a significant amount of diversity and a passion for excellence,” Schempf said. Hasty also didn’t want the collection to be about him, so BGSU’s College of Musical Arts, where education is at the core of the curriculum, seemed to be a good fit.

          The collection includes one or two boxes of Hasty’s personal scores, three volumes of hand-written orchestral books, the canes and equipment he used to craft clarinet reeds, an untold number of recordings of his and his students, and his prized clarinet. As humble and private as Hasty was, Schempf wants to make sure his greatness is not forgotten. The recordings and scanned copies of the music scores will be shared with the BGSU Music and Sound Recordings Archives in the William T. Jerome Library. Eventually, Schempf will hand off the actual scores and the clarinet to the next generation of great clarinetists whose lives were forever changed because of the impact of his great clarinet professor.


7 May 2010

Stanley Hasty 90th Birthday Celebration held in his honor by Former Students and the Eastman School of Music held 7 May 2010 in Rochester, New York

Rochester, New York USA

               A stellar gathering of former students from the Eastman School of Music, from all over the United States, came to honor the 90th Birthday of their principal teacher and mentor D Stanley Hasty, a teaching legend at this great school and one of the most important pedagogical influences of the last century, along with Robert Marcellus of the Cleveland Orchestra, and Leon Russianoff in New York.  Credentials and success stories in securing major Orchestral positions all over the United States and abroad and teaching positions at major Universities are attributed to Mr Hasty's teaching concepts, his own experience as a major Principal Clarinetist in several 1st line Orchestras here in the States, and his position as Solo Clarinetist in the Rochester Philharmonic, where many Eastman students gained valuable experience in working with him in that Orchestra.  There was a special Dinner in his honor with former students of note giving testimonials about their experience with him from notables as Larry Combs from the Chicago Symphony, Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr from Michigan State University and Director of her Verdehr Trio, Michael Webster from Rice University, Kenneth Grant, present Professor at Eastman, David Etheridge, Professor at Oklahoma University, and several others.  The event was organized by Ray Ricker, Saxophone Professor and Director of Jazz Studies, Elsa Verdehr, and the Eastman Alumni Office.  An honor event like this surely was emotionally packed for all, especially Mr Hasty who will forever be esteemed by not only those who came here, but by their students who will be the 2nd and 3rd generation recipients of his teaching legacy.    What is so important here is the history being made with living legends and being a part of it along with the reunion element.   This event surely will never be forgotten. During the ClarinetFest 2010 in Austin, Texas, a special Lecture and a 2 hour in his honor was performed with many of his former students who were at Eastman.


New Information Under development 

Message from Stanley Hasty


Agendas and Performance and Teaching Philosophy







Copyright © 1999 All rights reserved.
Revised: January 11, 2019