John Kurokawa, M.M.

Creative Arts Center M346, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy

Wright State Clarinet Studio

Wright State Clarinet Festival


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).

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 appearances include concerto performances with the WSU Chamber Orchestra and most recently, the WSU Wind Symphony, performing Michael Daugherty's Brooklyn Bridge for clarinet and wind ensemble. 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 and International Clarinet Association Clarinetfest. 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. He continues to present masterclasses and clinics for colleges, high schools, and youth orchestras across the midwest.

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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