Osiris J. Molina

Professor of Clarinet
Woodwind Area Coordinator

  • email: ojmolina@ua.edu
  • phone (205) 348-7451
  • office location Moody Music Building 112


  • DMA, Michigan State University
  • MM, Yale School of Music
  • BM, Rutgers University


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 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/Associate Clarinet with the Huntsville Symphony and has performed 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 includes 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 third recording project,New Discoveries, featuring music of Rueff, Vachey, Gross, Zaheri, and Greg Simon, was released in 2017. His most recent chamber music experience is with the Vuorovesi Trio, a UA faculty trio consisting of the flute, oboe, and clarinet combination. Vuorovesi was accepted to perform at the IDRS, ICA, and NFA conferences in 2019, and will recording their first album of American music for this combination in 2021.

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 Fall 2021, Dr. Molina will make his sixth trip to Havana, Cuba under the auspices of the College of Arts and Science’s Alabama in Cuba Initiative. As an extension of this work, Dr. Molina will be releasing his first solo album in 2021. EntitledPiezas Cubanas,this album will be works that Molina discovered during his many visits to Cuba, including works by Andres Alén, Javier Zalba, Paquito D’Rivera, Ernesto Lecuona, and Leo Brouwer. In addition to his Alabama teaching duties, Dr. Molina will enter his eighth season as Clarinet Mentor at the Hot Springs Music Festival, Hot Springs, Arkansas in 2021.

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 an endorsing artist for Selmer Paris, Silverstein, and D’Addario and performs on the Recital clarinet and the Privilege Bass Clarinet.

Jorge Diez 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.