Keith Dwyer received his early musical training in Minneapolis. Choral and piano study led to clarinet study with J. Cloyde Williams of the Minneapolis Symphony. A love of orchestral music led Keith to complete his high school studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan in 1974 where he studied with Fred Ormand and Frank Kowalsky. He went to Indiana University where he studied with Earl Bates and it was there that he received a Performer’s Certificate along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Clarinet Performance in 1978. In that same year he heard David Shifrin play in recital and was motivated to move back to Michigan to study with him in Ann Arbor. Keith received a Master’s Degree in Clarinet at the University of Michigan in 1979. He began to play professionally in Michigan and Ohio in such groups as The Detroit Concert Band, Ann Arbor Chamber Orchestra, Saginaw Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Toledo Concert Band, Detroit Symphony and the Flint Symphony. Keith became the Principal Clarinetist of the FSO in 1983. He has recorded concertos and chamber music on the MMO label. He has remained active in church music and is currently the Director of Music and Performing Arts at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church in Brighton, MI. 

 

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