Clarinetist Anthony Aguayo has "the musical and personal ideas to really be one of the next great voices on the clarinet scene," according to Dr. Stephanie Zelnick, associate professor of clarinet at the University of Kansas. Anthony is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance at the University of Oregon. At UO he is a student of Dr. Wonkak Kim and is the graduate teaching assistant in the clarinet studio. He currently holds a Master of Music degree from Colorado State University where he studied with Dr. Wesley Ferreira. His Bachelor of Music degree is from Eastern New Mexico University where he studied with Dr. Jennifer Laubenthal.
Mr. Aguayo is an active performer and pedagogue. His two most recent performances took place in Knoxville, TN at ClarinetFest®️2019. He was invited to perform Ritmorroto by Roberto Sierra. At the conference he also premiered the work “Time and Space” for two clarinets by GyungEun Lee which he performed with Wonkak Kim.
Upon moving to Eugene, OR, Anthony has continued to maintain an active performance career and became a founding member of the Northwest Reeds, a reed quintet comprised of colleagues from the University of Oregon. Along with NWR, Anthony has become a co-founder of Chyornii & Dorado with saxophonist Jessica Dodge. As an active duo, they have performed many outreach programs at middle and high schools as well as retirement communities throughout Eugene. The duo has performed recitals at the University of Oregon and is highly sought after for local performances in the Eugene area. Anthony and Jessica have a vision to expand the repertoire for this ensemble and have commissioned many new works which they will premier and record for their debut album, Black and Gold, to be released in the fall of 2019. The University of Oregon School of Music and Dance is highly supportive of their vision and selected the duo as the recipient of the 2019 SOMD Innovation Grant.
Anthony was the bass clarinetist for the Roswell Symphony Orchestra (Roswell, NM) for their 2014-2016 seasons and the Southwest Symphony (Hobbs, NM) for their 2014 season. He most recently became clarinetist/bass clarinetist for the Composers of Oregon Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Brian McWhorter. He premiered 9 new works with the ensemble in May of 2019. At UO, Anthony was principal clarinetist of the University Symphony Orchestra for the 2018-19 academic year. While in Fort Collins, CO, he was the Eb clarinetist of the Colorado State University Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra, under the batons of Dr. Rebecca Phillips and Maestro Wes Kenney, respectively. He was also a member the CSU Graduate Clarinet Quartet, which performed regularly at the University and throughout the Northern Colorado community. The ensemble premiered many new works for clarinet quartet. He has also been a member of ensembles that have premiered works by John Mackey, Franklin Piland, Mark Dal Porto, James David, and Julie Giroux. He can be heard as an ensemble clarinetist on two albums: (Redacted) (2013) and Of Blood and Stone (2015), both of which can be found in the Naxos Music Library.
At the University of Oregon, Anthony teaches applied lessons to a large portion of the clarinet studio with students majoring in clarinet performance, music education, general music, and non-music majors. He also teaches the clarinet techniques course for music education students and coaches various undergraduate chamber music ensembles. Teaching the next generation of musicians is one of his greatest passions and he strives to inspire all who study under him. Many of his former students have achieved high placements in the New Mexico and Colorado All State Orchestras and Bands as well as regional honor bands. Many of his students have been accepted to prestigious music schools for undergraduate study, such as the Eastman School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music.