Douglas Monroe has enjoyed a varied and exciting career as both clarinetist and conductor. His performances have taken him to fifty states, Canada, and Europe, where he has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall in London, and the Schauspielhaus in Berlin.

In 1987, he was appointed principal clarinetist of the Arizona Opera. Following his tenure there, Dr. Monroe spent three years with the United States Army Field Band in Washington, D.C., the Army’s premier touring ensemble. While there, he was a frequent featured soloist, including concerto performances at the Chatauqua Institute, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Music Hall in Cincinnati, and Meyerson Symphony Hall in Dallas. For eighteen years, Monroe was a conductor and clarinetist in various United States Air Force Bands, winning awards for musical excellence.

His performances have garnered acclaim from reviewers around the country. The
Green Valley News wrote, “Monroe was flawless in his technique, impeccable in his intonation, and dramatic in his interpretation.” The Lancaster Eagle-Gazette said, “In one word, Monroe was inspiring.”

As a conductor of Air Force bands, Monroe has led over six-hundred performances and conducted on six compact disc recordings. His eight wind band commissions have included composers Adam Gorb and Michael Gandolfi.

In 2009, Dr. Monroe was appointed Assistant Professor of Clarinet at North Dakota State University. In addition to teaching clarinet, his responsibilities included various graduate musicology courses. He performed as principal clarinet with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, the Grand Forks Symphony, and as clarinetist with the Fargo-Moorhead Opera.

In 2012, Monroe became Assistant Professor of Clarinet at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He is a member of its faculty woodwind quintet, the Coastal Winds, and is an active performer in the North Carolina community, including performances with the North Carolina Symphony and the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra from St. Petersburg, Russia.

Monroe has produced chamber music recordings for Klavier, over thirty recordings for the United States Air Force, and has appeared as clarinetist on four commercial compact discs. He commissioned Hollywood film composer George Roumanis to write
The Seven Ages of Man; A Tone Poem for Clarinet and Piano. His recording of the thirty-minute work is published by Bill Holcombe Publishing. In November 2015, Monroe will perform Michael Gandolfi’s Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble with the New England Conservatory’s Jordan Winds.

He was one of eight clarinetists invited to present at the 2008 International Clarinet Association’s Research Competition. He was awarded Second Prize for
“Conflict and Meaning in Carl Nielsen’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, Op. 57 (1928).”

Monroe’s teachers have included James Pyne, Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Charles West, Joaquin Valdepeñas, Leon Russianoff, and Frank Kowalsky. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Ohio State University, a Master of Music from the University of Arizona, and a Bachelor of Music from Michigan State University. Additionally, he has studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the Aspen Music Festival.

Dr. Monroe is the proud father of Ian, Caitlin, Christian, and Mairin Monroe.


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(students at Interlochen Arts Camp)








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Curriculum Vitae

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