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 Osiris Molina

Osiris Molina

Dr. Osiris J. Molina is Associate Professor of Clarinet at The University of Alabama. A native of Elizabeth, New Jersey, he has considerable experience as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. In recent years Dr. Molina's profile as a chamber musician has expanded. In 2007 he was a co-founder of The Cavell Trio, a reed trio focused on performing works from the trio d'anches canon. 2012 saw the release of their first album, The Art of Collective Invention, a disc highlighting the works of Villa-Lobos, Francaix and Feld, among others. The 2012-2013 year saw Cavell perform at the Hot Springs Music Festival, and they received invitations to perform at the International College Music Society, Double Reed and Clarinet conferences. Their second album, Dialogue, will be released in summer 2014. Dr. Molina is also clarinetist with the Capstone Woodwind Quintet, the faculty quintet at the University of Alabama. They are committed to outreach efforts in the Alabama schools, evidenced by tours in the Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Huntsville and greater-Atlanta regions. Their most recent concerts were in Havana, Cuba as part of the University of Alabama Cuba Initiative. Dr. Molina also gave a master class at the Instituto Superior de Arte, the National conservatory of Cuba. In addition to his chamber work, Dr. Molina is an active orchestral and solo musician. In 2012 Osiris gave a premiere of Auto '66, a car-inspired concerto for clarinet and wind ensemble by James David. In 2009 he performed a concerto with the Beijing Wind Orchestra at the Beijing International Band Festival in China and served as a judge for the festival woodwind competition. That performance led to a return engagement, in July 2010. In December 2009 he was the featured soloist in Scott McAllister’s Black Dog at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago with Alabama’s Hillcrest High School Wind Ensemble. Dr. Molina has also performed concerti with the University of Alabama Wind Ensemble, including Michael Daugherty’s Brooklyn Bridge at the Alabama Music Educators Convention. The collaboration led to a recording project incorporating Black Dog with the ensemble, which was released on the album Glass Bead, distributed by Albany Records in 2010. He is currently Principal Clarinet of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, Second Clarinet with the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the Alabama, Mobile, Chattanooga and Meridian symphony clarinet sections, in addition to work with the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Greater Lansing, and Bridgeport (CT) symphony orchestras. Dr. Molina’s commitment to new music is seen through his participation in commissioning consortiums. He has participated in group commissioning efforts for Roshanne Etezady (Bright Angel); Frederic Goossen (Sonata No. 2); James David (Auto '66),and David Maslanka (Eternal Garden), which he premiered in April 2010 with the composer in attendance.
Dr. Molina holds degrees from Michigan State University (DMA), Yale School of Music (MM), and Rutgers University (BM), where he studied with Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, David Shifrin, Charles Neidich, Ayako Oshima and Dr. William Berz. Osiris has been active in music education at all levels. He has taught middle school general music and high school instrumental music in the Beacon City School District (NY). He teaches applied clarinet, chamber music and clarinet methods in the Music Education curriculum. Dr. Molina, along with the Cavell Trio, was recently named 2013 Tuscaloosa County Arts Council Musicians of the Year.
omolina@music.ua.edu  For more information about the Cavell Trio, please contact them at Facebook.com/TheCavellTrio
I absolutely love playing the Recital clarinet. It has a wonderful full tone that is flexible and able to perform the most intimate chamber works and the biggest orchestral works. I have thoroughly enjoyed it!