Kathryn Nevin

Degrees: D.M.A., University of Southern California; M.M., University of Southern California; B.M., Northern Illinois University



Area of Expertise

Dr. Nevin is a free lance clarinetist in Southern California, regularly performing orchestral, chamber and solo music of many classical styles.

Professional Background

Kathryn Nevin earned her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clarinet Performance from University of Southern California, where she studied with Mitchell Lurie, Michele Zukovsky, David Howard and Yehuda Gilad. Originally from the Chicago area, she was a student of Melvin Warner at Northern Illinois University where she received a Bachelor of Music. In Southern California, Dr. Nevin has performed with many orchestras including San Diego Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, New West Symphony, Long Beach Opera, Santa Barbara Symphony, Opera Santa Barbara, Monterey Symphony and Fresno Philharmonic. She is a member of St. Matthew’s Chamber Orchestra, Desert Symphony in Palm Desert, Redlands Symphony Orchestra and Long Beach Municipal Band.

Dr. Nevin is an active soloist and chamber musician, having been a founding member of several award-winning ensembles, including Triole, recipient of an NEA Chamber Music Residency. She is currently a member of Calico Winds, an award-winning internationally touring wind quintet, whose recordings and performances around the country have received critical acclaim, including those at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. The ensemble’s most recent commercial release, Vintage America, A Musical Meritage (Albany), features 19th and early 20th century American music. Her playing can also be heard on the CDs Hymns to Forgotten Moons (Centaur) and Tango Rojo (Red Tango) (Candlelight Music). She has been a concerto soloist with the Redlands Symphony, Culver City Symphony, La Sierra Symphony, University of Redlands Wind Ensemble and Wheaton (Illinois) Municipal Band.

Dr. Nevin has been featured on NPR’s “Performance Today” and numerous times on local classical music radio live broadcasts. She has appeared in chamber music concerts with faculty at the University of Redlands, the Taylor String Quartet, the Shanghai Quartet, as well as with Los Angeles Philharmonic principal strings. She has taught at La Sierra University, the University of California, Riverside, Riverside Community College, Mt. St. Mary’s College, Pasadena Conservatory of Music and Glendale College. She is currently the Artist Teacher of Clarinet at the University of Redlands.


Courses Offered at Redlands

  • Applied Clarinet
  • Experiencing Music
  • Woodwind Quintet Coaching

Degrees Held 

  • B.M., Northern Illinois University
  • M.M., University of Southern California
  • D.M.A., University of Southern California

Previous Teaching Experience

Dr. Nevin has taught at La Sierra University, the University of California, Riverside, Riverside Community College, Mt. St. Mary’s College, Pasadena Conservatory of Music and South Bay Conservatory Chamber Music Institute, as well as Glendale College. While studying at University of Southern California, she was invited to present a master class on 20th Century compositions for clarinet as well as extended performing techniques.

Dr. Nevin is the editor of Solos for the Intermediate Clarinetist, Music from Four Centuries arranged for Clarinet and Piano by Daniel Kelley, Last Resort Music, Inc.

Awards, Honors and Grants

  • Ensemble-in-Residence (Calico Winds), La Sierra University, Riverside, CA
  • Recipient (as member of Calico Winds), City of Pasadena, Cultural Affairs Department, “Arts and Culture Grant”, to produce the Weekend Muse Inter-Generational Concerts, series of four concerts in Pasadena, 2002-2003 season
  • Recipient/Participant (as member of Calico Winds), Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ “Young Performers Career Advancement Award”, Carnegie Hall Showcase, 2002
  • Winner (as member of Calico Winds), National Flute Association Chamber Music Competition, 1998
  • Semi-Finalist (Calico Winds), Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Chamber Music Division, 1998
  • Ensemble-in-Residence (Calico Winds), Birch Creek Music Festival, Door County, WI, 1997
  • Ensemble-in-Residence (as member of Triole), Composers Conference and New Music Festival, Arcosanti, AZ, 1994
  • Recipient (as member of Triole), National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music Rural Residency Appointment, KS, 1993
  • Ensemble-in-Residence (Triole), Malibu Strawberry Creek Music Festival, Malibu, CA, 1993
  • Winner (The Camellia Trio), Russell Award, Coleman National Chamber Music Competition, Pasadena, CA, 1991
  • Winner (as member of Quintetto Ruvido), Carmel National Chamber Music Competition, Carmel, CA, 1990


Chamber Music Performance, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA 1/2009 (Program: Dahl, Conerto a Tre, Surinach, Ritmo Jondo)

Chamber Music Performance, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA 10/2008 Music for Clarinet, Cello and Piano (Program: Beethoven, Lin, Brahms)

Chamber Music Performance, University of Redlands, Redlands, 9/2008 Music for Clarinet, Viola and Piano (Program: Mozart, Suter, Clark, Schumann)

Concerto Soloist, Wheaton Municipal Band, Wheaton, IL 8/2007 (Program: Muhler, Mendelssohn with Jay Niepoetter, clarinet)

Concerto Soloist, DeKalb Municipal Band, DeKalb, IL 8/2007 (Program: Mendelssohn with Jay Niepoetter, clarinet)

Concerto Soloist, University of Redlands, Redlands, CA, University Wind Ensemble 3/2007 (Program: Weber Concertino)

Concerto Soloist, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, Redlands, CA 3/2006 (Program: Weber Concerto No. 2)

Solo Recital, La Sierra University, Riverside, CA 4/2005 (Program: Busoni, Weber, Berg, Mayer, Muczynski)

Concerto Soloist, Wheaton Municapal Band, Wheaton, IL 8/2004 (Program: Weber Concerto No. 2, Polacca)

Concerto Soloist, La Sierra University Sinfonia, Riverside, CA 11/2002 (Program: Mozart Sinfonia Concertante for Winds with Rong-Huey Liu, oboe, Theresa Treuenfels, bassoon, Bruce Hudson, horn)

Various Solo Performances, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Faculty Recitals, 1999-2002(Programs included: Brahms, Weber, D’Rivera)

Solo Recital, La Sierra University, Riverside, CA, 1/2000 (Program: Rabaud, Brahms, Bernstein, Poulenc, D’Rivera)

Cuban Music Concert, California State University, Northridge, CA, 4/1999 (Program: Barroso, Solo for clarinet and tape)

Concerto Soloist, Birch Creek Festival Orchestra, Door County, WI, Brian Groner, Conductor, 6/1997 (Program: Krommer, Concerto for Two Clarinets, with Melvin Warner, clarinet)

Professional Affiliations

  • International Clarinet Association
  • Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • National Dean’s List

Do you know the Och Tamale?
bulldog athletics logo

The non-sensical Och Tamale chant was originally titled the "Psalm of Collegiate Thanksgiving."

More »