John Kurokawa, M.M.

Creative Arts Center M083A, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

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John Kurokawa is the Instructor of Clarinet at Wright State University. In addition to teaching applied clarinet, he teaches courses in woodwind chamber music, woodwind pedagogy, and music education. He performs in the resident faculty wind quintet, the Wright Winds, and the WSU Chamber Orchestra. His performances have been praised for their “...warmth, communication, and easy virtuosity” (Cincinnati Enquirer) and “truly flawless technique and intonation...a tone as smooth as silk and velvet.” (Kettering-Oakwood Times). He has presented clinics and performed at institutions across the midwest, including Penn State University, James Madison University, Viginia Commonwealth University, and Bowling Green State University, as well as being a frequent clinician with high schools and youth orchestras in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas.

Kurokawa currently performs as Principal Clarinetist of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. He has been a featured soloist with both ensembles, performing the works of Mozart, John Williams, Gerald Finzi, and John Adams. Other positions include Principal Clarinetist of the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra, and the Frank Simon Band, Cincinnati’s Premiere Professional Concert Band. He also performs with the Prestige Clarinet Quartet, which has been a featured ensemble at the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, International Clarinet Association Clarinetfest, and Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Kurokawa has performed on the International Double Reed Society Conference, published articles in the Triad, presented at the Ohio Music Education Association Conference, and in 2013, was one of twenty faculty members recognized by Wright State University for Excellence in Teaching General Education.

Kurokawa holds the B.M. in woodwind performance (specializing in clarinet, flute, and saxophone) from Bowling Green State University and the M.M. in clarinet performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His teachers include Angelo Fortini, Edward Marks, and Ronald de Kant.

Mr. Kurokawa performs exclusively on the Yamaha CSG Clarinet and is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Education History: 

Bowling Green State University, Bachelor of Music - Woodwind Performance

University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, Master of Music - Clarinet Performance


Professional Affiliations/Memberships: 

International Clarinet Association

Ohio Music Education Association

National Association for Music Education

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

American Federation of Musicians, Local 101-473, Dayton, OH


2013- Awarded for Excellence in Teaching General Education, Wright State University

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