Area of Study: Woodwinds

Clarinet at YSM

The clarinet program at the Yale School of Music offers a broad spectrum of training in solo, chamber, and orchestral performance, and in such technical areas as reed making. Students participate in private lessons and weekly clarinet seminars and receive coachings in various pedagogical techniques. 

In addition to performing solo repertoire, clarinet students participate in chamber music, an integral part of the Yale chool of Music experience. They also play in various ensembles in the New Music New Haven concert series and in the School’s orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia, which offers students the experience of performing a wide variety of repertoire under the leadership of acclaimed guest conductors.

Faculty Spotlight

David Shifrin
Professor in the Practice of Clarinet and Chamber Music

David Shifrin

Faculty clarinetist David Shifrin is in constant demand as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator.

Degrees + Programs

Master of Music

The two-year master of music (M.M.) degree program is open to students who hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in any major.

Master of Musical Arts

The performance-oriented master of musical arts (M.M.A.) program is designed for students who want to further their education beyond an M.M. degree.

Doctor of Musical Arts

The intensive doctor of musical arts (D.M.A) program is comprised of a two-year residency followed by a three-year period in which candidates launch their professional careers.

Artist Diploma

The highly selective artist diploma (A.D.) program is designed for young artists who demonstrate potential for a major concert career.

Certificate in Performance

The three-year certificate in performance program is designed for performers who do not hold a bachelor’s degree but want to study at the highest level.


The bachelor of arts/master of music (B.A./M.M) program is designed for young instrumentalists also interested in pursuing a liberal arts education.

Perform at Yale
At the Yale School of Music, there are numerous opportunities to perform in the School’s historic concert halls and throughout New Haven.
The Yale School of Music is the place where I truly learned to listen.
Bixby Kennedy, clarinet, ’16MM