Shaquille Southwell, Artist-in-Residence in Clarinet
Clarinetist Shaquille Southwell received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Classical Clarinet Performance from The Juilliard School in New York City, where he studied with Anthony McGill, Principal Clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic. Mr. Southwell currently plays 2nd clarinet with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra in Kennesaw, GA. He held the position of Principal Clarinet with the New York Youth Symphony for two years and with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra for two years. Since 2008, he has attended several prestigious summer music festivals, including the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and the Northwestern University National High School Music Institute. He is a frequent winner of instrumental competitions, most recently the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, the Cobb Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists Concerto Competition, and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s National Talent Hunt Competition. While at Juilliard he participated in the full array of ensembles: orchestra, opera, contemporary groups, and chamber music. Mr. Southwell was a founding member and Artistic Director of The Flint Woodwind Quintet which performed regularly for social events around Atlanta from 2009 to 2011.
Born in Richmond, Virginia and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Southwell began his musical studies on the saxophone in the sixth grade, switching to clarinet in the ninth grade to pursue an orchestral career. He is also an accomplished E-flat clarinet player. His former teachers include Jon Manasse of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Alcides Rodriguez of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Katherine White of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. Apart from music, Mr. Southwell enjoys yoga and cooking.