The Mason City Foundation and Music Man Square are proud to present the next installment of The Footbridge Concert Series. Dr. Amanda McCandless will perform a FREE live Clarinet concert on Sunday, October 24th 2021, at 4:00 PM. This performance will be presented Live with free seating at Music Man Square, broadcast Live Stream by clicking on the play button above! This concert performance is free to the public.
Amanda McCandless is Professor of Clarinet at the University of Northern Iowa. Appointed in 2008, Dr. McCandless has built a strong clarinet studio at the university while maintaining a vibrant solo career. She currently teaches applied clarinet, clarinet literature and pedagogy, and chamber music.
Researching and advocating for works by women composers, Dr. McCandless has recorded two albums in her Unaccompanied Clarinet Works by Women Composers series and has plans for future albums. She has published articles about women composers in The Clarinet, the journal of the International Clarinet Association, and has consistently performed works by women composers at international, national, and regional conferences for the past 15 years.
She has appeared as a soloist during residences at the Sichuan Conservatory, China Conservatory, the Bolivian National Conservatory, several universities in Brazil, and on a tour in northern Italy. She has given master classes and recitals at many universities throughout the United States. As a chamber musician, she was a member of the Kairos Trio from 2014 to 2020, with whom she traveled and performed at many national venues. She is a member of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra and has been principal clarinetist of the Tulsa Symphony and Ballet Orchestras.
Dr. McCandless earned her Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters of Music degrees from Michigan State University, where she studied with Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr. She has held previous academic positions at Northeastern Oklahoma State University, Bemidji State University, and Indiana University South Bend.