Clarinetist Jake Meyer is a performer and teacher currently living in St. Paul, MN, and is the principal clarinetist of the Ocala Symphony Orchestra. Recently, he has performed with the Round Top Festival Orchestra and served as principal clarinetist of the Florida State University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Orchestra. He has also appeared as a soloist with the St. Olaf Orchestra on six occasions, performing the first movement of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie.
Jake is an avid chamber musician and has played in a variety of ensembles ranging in size, instrumentation and period. His wind quintet, Tumultuous Winds, recently won the “Best of Chamber Music” at the Round Top Music Festival. He has also appeared at the Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival and performed with the FSU Graduate Wind Quintet in a master class lead by the Philharmonic Quintet of New York. As principal clarinetist of the FSU Chamber Winds, he performed pieces such as Mozart’s “Gran Partita” and Milhaud’s Creation of the World, and performs regularly in clarinet, viola, piano trios.
As an active private instructor, Jake has worked with students of all ages and abilities. He served as a teaching assistant while studying at FSU, teaching private lessons to undergraduate music majors, coaching chamber music and teaching the clarinet methods course. Jake has taught at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, MN, the Music for the Sake of Music community summer camp in Green Bay, WI, and in the Minnesota and Florida public schools. Additionally, He has written a guide to inform musicians about health and wellness issues they face on a daily basis. Presently, he maintains a private studio encompassing students in the Greater Twin Cities, MN area.
Jake has appeared in the master classes of Burt Hara, Dan Gilbert, Corrado Giuffredi, Mark Nuccio, and members of the New York Philharmonic wind section. An elected member of the national music honors society Phi Kappa Lambda, he has won both of the St. Olaf Orchestra concerto competitions, and was a finalist for the La Grange Symphony Orchestra and FSU Young Artist competitions.
Jake holds his Bachelor’s of Music from St. Olaf College and his Master’s of Music from Florida State University. His primary teachers include Scott Anderson, Deborah Bish, Jonathan Holden, Nina Olsen, Greg Williams, and pedagogue Burton Kaplan. Away from the clarinet, Jake enjoys reading, swimming, exploring sustainable living, and getting involved in his local St. Paul community.