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This event is free and open to the public. Dr. Gruetzner has performed with a variety of professional
orchestras, including the New Mexico Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony,
Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and the Meridian Symphony. His
orchestral experience is not limited to the traditional concert stage,
however. He has performed live with 9-time CMA Musician of the Year Mac
McAnally, and recorded clarinet on McAnally’s 2017 album entitled Southbound: The Orchestra Project. Gruetzner has excelled as a soloist as well. He was invited to give two solo recitals as part of the Arte Joven(Young
Art) Music Festival in Mexico, and also won first place in the
University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition,
winning the opportunity to perform Scott McAllister's rock-inspired 2001
work Black Dog: Rhapsody for Clarinet with the USM Wind Ensemble. Beyond
the realm of performance, Gruetzner holds a passion for teaching music.
He held a Graduate Teaching Assistant position at both the University
of New Mexico and The University of Southern Mississippi, during which
time he taught Graduate and Undergraduate clarinet lessons to music
majors and minors. Over the past ten years, Mike has also taught at a
number of junior high and high schools in New Mexico and Mississippi,
where he had various duties including teaching private lessons, running
woodwind sectionals, leading full ensemble rehearsals, and assisting
with marching bands. Along with his work in local schools, he maintains a
clarinet studio, teaching private lessons to students of all skill

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April 16, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Phillips Recital Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center