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Rice Clarinet Works Performing Artists

in alphabetical order

Clarinetist Shawn Buck received his BM from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and his MM from the Manhattan School of Music. His teachers include some true legends of the clarinet world: Ignatius N. Gennusa—Principal Clarinet of the Chicago Symphony under Rafael Kubelik; Peter Simenauer—Associate Principal Clarinet/E-flat Clarinet of the New York Philharmoninc under Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Metha, Kurt Mazur; and finally, Kalmen Opperman—renowned NYC based clarinet pedagogue.

Mr. Buck presently holds the position of Principal Clarinet in The Apollo Orchestra, based in Washington DC. Before this he served as the Solo E-flat Clarinetist of the United States Air Force Concert Band, and also as a member of The United States Air Force Woodwind Quintet. Also an active freelance musician in the DC Metro area, Shawn performs with many of the area’s regional orchestras, including The Fairfax Symphony, The Maryland Symphony, The Manassas Ballet Theater Orchestra, Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Fairfax Choral Society, Washington Choral Arts Society, Cathedral Choral Society, and the Maryland Lyric Opera.


Clarinetist Sheila Cullen, a native of Marietta, GA, received a Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in 2002 and a Master of Music degree in Music Theory in 2004. Her mentors include James Campbell, Howard Klug, D. Ray McClellan, Kirsten Ahnell, and Robert DiLutis.

A clarinetist in the United States Naval Academy Band since 2006, she leads the Wind Trio and Clarinet Quartet, and has performed and recorded with the Chamber Winds, Concert Band, and various other ensembles. Ms. Cullen is also a founding member of the Chesapeake Reed Trio.

A strong advocate for music education in the community, she has coordinated clinics and masterclasses in wind band music, chamber music, and clarinet, as well as worked closely with the Maryland Performing and Visual Arts Magnet Program. She has performed with the Londontowne Symphony, Owensboro Symphony, Gainesville Symphony, The United States Air Force Band, United States Fleet Forces Band, and is an active recording artist and adjudicator in the D.C. area. Her teaching experience includes: Adjunct Instructor, Clemson University, Faculty, Hartwick College Summer Music Festival, Instructor, Atlanta Music Academy, as well as private instruction at Lassiter High School, Kennesaw Mountain High School, and Pope High School.


A native of Alexandria, VA, clarinetist Daniel Frazelle has performed in recent seasons with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Concert Opera, the Cathedral Choral Society, the New Orchestra of Washington, the Apollo Orchestra, the Manassas Ballet Theater Orchestra, and as principal clarinetist of the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his return to the Greater Washington Area, he performed with the Naples Philharmonic and Evansville Philharmonic orchestras.

A member of the United States Navy Band since 2007, he serves in virtually every capacity in the Concert Band: on Bb, Eb, bass, alto and contra-alto clarinet. He is an occasional soloist with the Concert Band and is the bass clarinetist of the Navy Band Clarinet Quartet.

Mr. Frazelle’s chamber music collaborations include performances with the Navy Band Chamber Players recital series, the Sage Chamber Players and a recital on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. He also serves as the director of the Navy Band Clarinet Day Military Chamber Recital, the premier annual collaborative recital featuring members of premier bands in Washington, DC.

As an educator, Mr. Frazelle’s masterclasses and clinics include appearances at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Towson University, James Madison University, and high schools throughout the U.S. He has been requested as an adjudicator for national high school competitions and for James Madison University’s annual concerto competition. He maintains a small private studio in Virginia where his students have successfully auditioned for some of the premier youth ensembles in the area.

Mr. Frazelle earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from James Madison University and a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His primary instructors include Richie Hawley, Steven Cohen, Janice L. Minor, Marguerite Levin, and D. Ray McClellan. 

Mr. Frazelle performs on Rice Clarinet Works Barrels and clarinets serviced by RCW.

Patrick Hanudel is an U.S. Army musician, having served with the Army Ground Forces Band (AGFB) under Forces Command (FORSCOM) headquarters at Fort Bragg, NC; the Eighth Army Band at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, South Korea; and the Third Infantry Division Band at Fort Stewart, GA. Currently he is a member of the 282nd Army Band at Fort Jackson, SC.

Before enlisting, Dr. Hanudel held the position of Principal Clarinet with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the Columbus (IN) Philharmonic. He also attended the Tanglewood Music Center and the Banff Arts Center on fellowship; earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Miami University (Ohio) under Michele Gingras; and obtained his Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM) under Richie Hawley. In April 2016, he completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at CCM under the guidance of Ron Aufmann.

Dr. Hanudel has appeared twice as a featured artist at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest. In July 2010 at the University of Texas at Austin he performed the rarely heard Leo Sowerby Sonata with George Mason University piano professor Ina Mirtcheva, and in August 2012 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln he garnered acclaim in Ohio composer-pianist Stephen Estep's Technical Difficulties with Mr. Estep at the keyboard. more...

A native of Meadville PA, clarinetist and educator Michael McDonald served as principal clarinetist with the U.S. Navy Band from 1996-2015 and as section and E flat clarinetist from 1986-1996 where he led the clarinet section in performances at the White House, national concert tours and for visiting dignitaries from around the globe. Mr. McDonald has performed over 3,000 concerts and ceremonies in the contiguous 48 states as well as Canada, Norway and Russia. An active musician and educator in the Washington DC area, he has performed with a variety of musical organizations including the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and the Annapolis, Alexandria, Fairfax and Savannah Symphony Orchestras. He served on the faculty of Suitland High School’s Magnate School for the Arts and has taught privately throughout the DC metropolitan area. Prior to joining the band in 1986, he attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where he received a BM degree in music performance. In his free time, Mike enjoys home improvement projects, running, weight training, reading and spending time with his wife, Ruth and dog, Charlotte.



Clarinetist Kristen Spiridon is an active performer and teacher in the Southeast. Currently, she is the Principal Clarinet of the Savannah Philharmonic, Principal Clarinet of the Coastal Symphony of Georgia, and Second Clarinet of Symphony Orchestra Augusta. In the summer season, Kristen serves as the head of the clarinet faculty at the Judith Lapple Summer Woodwind Camp and Festival in Fairfax, Virginia, and is in her first year as clarinet instructor at the College of Coastal Georgia GIYO Summer Music Intensive. Prior to her present appointments, she held the position of Second Clarinet with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic.

Ms. Spiridon has performed with numerous orchestras, notably the Jacksonville Symphony, the Louisville Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, the Lexington Philharmonic, and the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. She has appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Midwest Clinic, the WASBE clinic, and she has given recitals in New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Georgia, and California.

A respected teacher and lecturer, Ms. Spiridon has been invited to give masterclasses at Boston University, Georgia Southern University, Miami University of Ohio, and George Mason University.

Ms. Spiridon holds a Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma in Woodwinds from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and a Bachelor of Music degree in both Performance and Education from the Peabody Conservatory at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Her primary teachers include Richie Hawley, Steven Barta, Carmine Campione, and Chris Pedersen.

Kristen is a Buffet Crampon Performing Artist and plays exclusively on Buffet Crampon clarinets. She is also a Rice Clarinet Works Performing Artist and plays on RCW barrels.