Eastman - Rochester New Horizons Music
The Birthplace of New Horizons. Founded in 1991 by Dr. Roy Ernst, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
Mentor Emeritus Profile: Angela Occhionero Shankar, Clarinet
Angela Occhionero is an active freelance clarinetist and music educator in New York City. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Angela received a B.A. in Clarinet Performance and Music Education from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.A. in Clarinet Performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she received the Performer’s Certificate, the highest prize in performance. While at Eastman, Angela also won both the Jack L. Frank Award for Excellence in Community Teaching and the Teaching Assistant Prize for her work as a educator, additionally earning an Arts Leadership Certificate for her work in arts administration.
In May 2012, Angela premiered “Concertino for Clarinet and Orchestra,” dedicated to her by composer Seth Bedford, with the Chelsea Symphony. In addition to performing regularly with the Chelsea Symphony since moving to New York in 2009, she has enjoyed performing with such ensembles as the Mobile Symphony, the Ohio Light Opera Company, the International Opera Theatre Company of Italy, the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, the Point Chamber Orchestra, the Syracuse Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's Chamber Ensemble. She has performed at La Fenice in Venice, the United Nations, Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, and at the Library of Congress on NPR’s “From the Top”. In June, 2012, Angela will be traveling to Sweden and Norway as a Guest Artist of the Ensemble Evolution percussion trio as part of the Midnight Sun Festival.
Beyond performing, Angela serves as Director of Performing and Educational Events for In The Pocket NYC, a collective of teaching musicians who have come together to help invigorate New York City’s Arts Education Community with benefit events, innovative performances, and exceptional music instruction.