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Introducing Senior Artist VIP

Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr - Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University; Founder of Acclaimed Verdehr Trio (Violin, Clarinet, and Piano) and renowned Soloist and Pedagogue



Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and at the Eastman School, from which she received a Performer_s Certificate and Doctor of Musical Arts degree. She has performed and lectured at many International Clarinet Congresses and for several years was a participant in the Marlboro Music Festival and touring groups. She has appeared frequently in the United States and Canada as recitalist, clinician, and soloist with orchestras. As a member of the Richards Wind Quintet, she played in more than half of the United States, Canada, and at the White House. She was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award at Michigan State University where she is Professor of Music, and was recently named Distinguished University Professor. Her playing has been called "distinguished and musical" by the New York Times. The Boston Globe noted her "musical tone and elegant sense of phrasing," while the Chicago Tribune wrote of her "virtuosity of a most compelling art." She spends her summers as principal clarinetist of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra.


Agendas and Performance and Teaching Philosophy

Message from Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr


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Activities Past and Future

The Verdehr Trio, in active operation in performance and commissioning new works to benefit the Clarinet Chamber Music Repertoire, celebrates its 40th year.  One major priority and commitment by Dr Verdehr is continuing teaching as her mission for Clarinetists.




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