Clarinetist Marguerite Levin is a flourishing performer and teacher in the Boston area. She is a member of the North Winds Quintet and can be frequently found playing with the Plymouth Philharmonic, Lexington Symphony, Symphony New Hampshire, Hanover Theater, North Shore Music Theater and extra with the Boston Ballet Orchestra.
Levin is a founding member of Baltimore-based Trio Montage, an ensemble dedicated to commissioning new music for clarinet, baritone voice and piano and reinventing art songs from the classical voice repertoire. Trio Montage has toured in Maryland, Massachusetts, Florida, Texas, Italy and St. Croix.
In the summers, she can be found performing and teaching at the acclaimed Cremona International Music Academy and Festival in Italy. Students of all ages and levels are inspired by her enthusiasm and dedication. Performances are held throughout the city of Cremona including the Giovanni Arvedi Auditorium in the Museo del Violino, home of the famed string instruments of Stradivari and Guarneri.
Before settling in the Boston area in 2011, Levin spent a number of years in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area. She freelanced with all of the orchestras in the region including the Kennedy Center Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony. She was a member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C. and toured throughout the United States, performed for numerous dignitaries, funerals and national conferences. She is proud to have played for President Reagan's last White House arrival for British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
In addition, she was Principal of the Baltimore Opera Orchestra from 1999 until its 2009 insolvency. Performing extensively at Wolf Trap, she was Principal of the Wolf Trap Opera 2010 Grammy nominated recording of John Musto's Volpone. Vocalists that she has performed for include Renee Fleming, Ruth Swenson, Renata Scotto, James Morris, Vivica Genaux, Jose Carreras, and conductors Christian Badea, Loren Maazel, Julius Rudel, Patrick Summers, and Heinz Fricke.
Currently, Levin is on faculty at Northeastern University. Recent teaching appointments include Concord Academy and the New England Preparatory School where she taught clarinet, coached chamber music and conducted clarinet choirs. Her students are very successful and can be found in many of the Boston area Youth Orchestras, District and State ensembles. Many of her students have received notable scholarships to universities and conservatories across the United States. They hold college teaching positions as well as chairs in noted professional orchestras and military bands. Before moving to Boston, she was a tenured professor of clarinet at Towson University in Maryland and an adjunct professor of clarinet and music theory at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Doctor of Musical Arts
University of Maryland, College Park
Professor Loren Kitt, clarinet
Master of Music in Performance
Catholic University of America
Professor Leon Russianoff, clarinet
Bachelor of Music in Music Education
University of North Texas
Dr. James Gillespie, clarinet
Other noted clarinet teachers include Edward Palanker, Stephen Girko and Andrew Crisanti. Levin credits her first private clarinet teacher, Randy Bartlett for motivating her to dream big.