Suzanna Masters, music faculty and clarinet instructor, is the featured instructor for a clarinet masterclass at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise on Monday, Jan.  22.

The purpose of the free, day-long event is to provide excellent clarinet training for area clarinetists – college clarinetists, high school and middle school students or community members – by outstanding, professional clarinetists/clinicians.

The event, which will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m., also introduces students from the region’s high schools to the music programs offered at UVa-Wise. The program is open to everyone from all parts of Southwest Virginia, East Tennessee and Eastern Kentucky.

Masters, also organizer of the event, said the event gives participants a chance to enhance their skills.

“This event will provide an outstanding learning experience for any instrumental music student,” Masters said. “The masterclass is for anyone who loves playing clarinet and who wants to improve their playing skills.”

Those who attend need to bring a clarinet in good working condition, playable reeds, and related equipment. Lunch will be provided by the UVa-Wise Office of Admissions. For more information or to register, contact Suzanna Masters at 276-328-0271 or via email

As part of the day’s events, Masters, along with the UVa-Wise Clarinet Choir Ensemble and clarinet majors, will present a recital at 1 p.m.

The UVa-Wise Department of Music is pleased to offer these types of quality musical education and exceptional learning experiences to clarinetists of all ages and levels in the region and hopes instructors and their students will take advantage of this opportunity geared toward student clarinetists.


About Suzanna Masters

Clarinetist Suzanna Gibson – Masters is a native of Johnson City, Tennessee. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from East Tennessee State University. She was awarded a music scholarship as well as receiving the most outstanding female freshman music major. Ms. Masters received a Master of Education degree from the University of Virginia while teaching band and public school music for the Wise County Public School System. While attending Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky she was a graduate teaching assistant teaching the Woodwind

Methods course. She received her Master of Music degree from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. While studying at ASU she was a Graduate Assistant teaching applied clarinet lessons. She was inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society while a student at Appalachian State University. Masters received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance (ABD) at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

Her clarinet professors include Richard Compton, David Harman, Doug Miller, Ronald Monsen, and

Scott Wright. She has received additional clarinet instruction from Howard Klug, Indiana University; Deborah Bish, Florida State University; Diane Cawein Barger, University of Nebraska at Lincoln; as well as Mitchell Lurie through masterclass participation.

Masters is currently teaching full-time as an Instructor at the University of Virginia’s College at

Wise, where she teaches applied/private clarinet and saxophone, Woodwind Techniques, Elementary Music Methods, and Music History, as well as Introduction to Music Reading. Masters continues to play and perform clarinet in Faculty Recitals, as well as performing in and with various instrumental ensembles. Masters is founder and director of the UVa-Wise Clarinet Choir ensemble which presents at least one concert each semester. Additionally, Ms. Masters founded and directed the College-Community Wind Ensemble (now Highland Winds), the Jazz Band, and Pep Band

Masters has performed with the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, the Appalachian State University Student Woodwind Quintet, the University of Kentucky Student Woodwind Quintet, the University of Kentucky Orchestra, and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Winds and Orchestra.