Biography

Clarinetist Mara Plotkin, enjoys an active career as an orchestral musician, chamber musician, soloist, and recording musician. Mara has performed in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Four Seasons Centre, Massey Hall, Glenn Gould Studio, and cultural institutes throughout North America. She performs regularly with San Francisco Bay Area's Freeway Philharmonic orchestras in addition to chamber ensembles. Chamber Music Society of Sacarmento as well as Solo Vento as part of San Franisco Symphony's educational outreach program. Mara has performed in live broadcasts by CBC Radio's The Signal and has performed a variety of solo recitals in New York City, San Francisco, and Toronto.

Throughout her career, Mara has been recognized for outstanding performance and scholarship. In 2015, she received the Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Professional Development Grant as well as scholarships to perform at internationally renowned music festivals such as Carmel Bach Festival, Music in the Mountains Wet Ink Festival, Banff Music Centre, Music at Menlo, Las Vegas Music Festival, Orford Academy Orchestra, Bowdoin International Music Festival, and Domaine Forget.

Mara holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Toronto where she studied on full scholarship with Joaquin Valdepeñas and dedicated her research to the interpretation of orchestral ballet excerpts for clarinet. Mara received a Master of Music degree and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College of Music in New York City where she studied with Stephen Williamson and David Krakauer and was awarded the James E. Hughes award for excellence in performance. Mara received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific where she studied with Patricia Shands and graduated cum laude.



Teaching

Dr. Mara Plotkin is in demand as a music clinician throughout North America and has taught at the University of Wyoming and University of the Pacific. Mara also gave several clinics on clarinet tone, technique, and sight-reading at University of the Pacific's Music Camp. Mara has taught private clarinet lessons for over ten years and has a private clarinet studio where she works with an array of students between the ages of 10 and 80. While sharing the knowledge and inspiration she received from her previous clarinet teachers, Mara hones students’ skills and helps them recognize their own artistry and musicianship. For inquiries about lessons, rates, and additional information, please view www.maraplotkin.com/contact.

Mara loves teaching undergraduate clarinet technique class, coaching chamber music ensembles, and coaching wind symphony clarinet and woodwind sectionals. In 2015 and 2014 Mara collaborated with clarinet professors to organize and produce Clarinet Day for prospective clarinet students at University of Toronto. Since 2009, Mara has worked as a clarinet specialist and private clarinet instructor at high schools and middle schools in the U.S. and Canada. Mara's passion for fitness lead her to become a Pilates Instructor where she received training at Balanced Body University. As a trained dancer and practicing yogi, she works with clients and students to use their bodies optimally and to increase strength and flexibility.