“Berio’s 13 ‘Sequenzas,’ written over a period of four decades, are big solo works for different instruments. They famously make extraordinary demands on the performer, so much so that anyone mastering a ‘Sequenza’ stands out as an undeniable master of his instrument. Molina is such a master, and his triumphant performance brought the entire house to its feet.” – Richard Rand, Tuscaloosa News
Dr. Osiris J. Molina is Associate Professor of Clarinet and Woodwind Area Coordinator at the University of Alabama. A native of Elizabeth, New Jersey, he has extensive experience as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. His professional accomplishments have taken him overseas and across the country. Dr. Molina is currently Principal Clarinet of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, Second Clarinet with the Huntsville Symphony and performs regularly with the Alabama, Mobile and Chattanooga symphony clarinet sections, in addition to work with the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Greater Lansing, and Bridgeport (CT) symphony orchestras.
Dr. Molina’s chamber work include his membership in the Cavell Trio, a reed trio dedicated to established and emerging works for this unique combination. Cavell has performed a multiple international conferences, including the 2011-2013 and the 2016 International Double Reed Society Conferences and the 2012-2016 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest. Cavell’s second recording project, Dialogue, a recording of works by Schulhoff, Schickele, Lutoslawski and a new work by Amir Zaheri was released in Autumn 2014. Their first album, The Act of Collective Invention, was released to excellent reviews in 2012. Cavell will record their third CD this fall to be released early summer, 2017. He is also clarinetist in the Capstone Woodwind Quintet, the faculty quintet at the University of Alabama. They are committed to outreach efforts in the Alabama schools, evidenced by tours in the Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Huntsville and greater-Atlanta regions. In Spring 2014 Dr. Molina traveled to Havana, Cuba for the fourth time under the auspices of the College of Arts and Science’s Alabama in Cuba Initiative. He gave a master class at the Instituto Superior de Arte, the Cuban national conservatory. In addition to his Alabama teaching duties, Dr. Molina will enter his fourth season as Clarinet Mentor at the Hot Springs Music Festival, Hot Springs, Arkansas in 2017.
Dr. Molina holds degrees from Michigan State University (DMA), Yale School of Music (MM), and Rutgers University (BM), where he studied with Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, David Shifrin, Charles Neidich, Ayako Oshima and Dr. William Berz. Osiris has been active in music education at all levels. He teaches applied clarinet, chamber music and clarinet methods in the Music Education curriculum. Dr. Molina is a Gonzalez Reeds Artist and a Selmer-Paris Artist/Clinician. He performs on the Recital A/Bb clarinet and the Privilege Bass Clarinet. Jarom Coleman is the current recipient of the Huxford Graduate Wind Quintet Assistantship. This award carries a .5 Graduate Teaching Assistantship, covering full tuition plus stipend. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, performing with the Huxford Graduate Wind Quintet and the Huxford Symphony Orchestra, the University of Alabama orchestra.