DSC_5148Dr. Dawn Marie Lindblade, Assistant Professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, joined the faculty in the fall of 2011. She also teaches for Clarinet Pro Workshops with Executive Director, Julie Linder.

She is currently principal clarinet in the Edmond Chamber Orchestra. She has also performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic as well as with the Baton Rouge, Lansing, Jackson, and Sherman Symphony Orchestras.  Conference performances include the International Double Reed Society Conference, the International Horn Society Conference, The International Clarinet Association’s Clarinetfest, the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, College Music Society National and Regional Conferences, and the Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference. An active chamber musician, she currently performs with the Lupine Trio with Hong Zhu, violin and Sallie Pollack, piano, and the Sugarfish Reed Trio with KaDee Bramlett, oboe and Lori Wooden, bassoon.

Dawn Marie previously taught the clarinet studio at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La. Prior to that position she served as visiting professor of clarinet and chamber music at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. Dawn has also served on the faculty at Alma College in Alma, MI. Dr. Lindblade studied with renowned pedagogues Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Dr. James Gillespie and Dr. Kimberly Cole-Luevano. Dawn Marie Lindblade is a Selmer Paris/Conn Selmer artist and performs on Seles Présence clarinets.

Find out more about the Clarinet Studio at the University of Central Oklahoma at www.dawnlindblade.com.


Dr. Kellie Lignitz-Hahn is assistant professor of clarinet at Texas A&M University-Kingsville where she teaches applied clarinet lessons and directs the TAMUK Clarinet Choir. She is principal clarinetist of the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, and plays with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, and the Corpus Christi Ballet Orchestra.

As an active clinician and lecturer throughout the United States, Dr. Lignitz-Hahn has presented clinics on the TMEA All-State Etudes at the Texas Bandmasters Association for the low clarinet and the soprano clarinet etudes in the years 2012 and 2013, respectively. Dr. Lignitz-Hahn has also presented lectures and performed at the 2012 ClarinetFest® in Lincoln, Nebraska and the 2013 Texas Clarinet Colloquium in Commerce, Texas. As a finalist in the International Clarinet Association’s 2014 research competition, she presented a lecture based on her dissertation work entitled “A Survey of Four Original Works for Clarinet and Guitar and Their Effect on Compositional Output for the Repertoire” at ClarinetFest® in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The TAMUK Clarinet Choir was also invited to perform at this festival under her direction.

Dr. Lignitz-Hahn earned her B.M. in Clarinet Performance from Washburn University in 2001, her M.M. in Clarinet Performance from the University of North Texas in 2003, and finished her doctoral studies at the University of North Texas in 2103. Her principal teachers include Dr. James Gillespie, Daryl Coad, and Dr. Kirt Saville. She is the co-author of Clarinet Cache, a regularly-featured column in the International Clarinet Association’s quarterly publication “The Clarinet” and also manages a supplementary blog to the column which can be found at www.clarinetcache.com.

Find out more about the Clarinet Studio at Texas A&M-Kingsville at www.tamukclarinets.com.


Julie Linder is the founder of Musician Pro Workshops, a company that produces educational clinics connecting students with high level teachers and performers. Past collaborators include Cory Tiffin (Las Vegas Philharmonic), Boris Allakhverdyan (Metropolitan Opera), Harvey Pittel and Julian Bliss. She also is the director of the clarinet division’s summer camps – Clarinet Pro Workshops. In that role, Julie partnered with Selmer & D’Addario Artist Dawn Marie Lindblade of the University of Central Oklahoma to establish a curriculum that reflects their common core teaching philosophies. Ms. Linder also collaborates with the company’s saxophone faculty, helping to guide curriculum development, marketing and expansion.

In addition, Ms. Linder teaches privately for some of the most recognized and award-winning band programs in the State of Texas. She is past adjunct Professor of Clarinet at Texas A&M University – Kingsville where she taught Applied Clarinet, Chamber Music and Single Reed Methods. She guest conducted the TAMUK Clarinet Choir on their ICA ClarinetFest Baton Rouge performance in 2014 and helped to organize the inaugural TAMUK Clarinet Day.

She studied Clarinet Performance at the University of North Texas with Dr. Jim Gillespie and while there began teaching at Northwest High School in DFW while freelancing throughout the Metroplex before graduating in 2003. Performance studies continued in Chicago at DePaul University with former Leblanc Director of Education Julie DeRoche and at the Staatsoper Berlin under principal clarinetist Matthias Glander.  Returning to Austin in 2008 after a 5-year hiatus from teaching, she threw all her efforts into understanding beginner fundamentals, working for top programs in the Austin area and building a large studio of awesome young students. In 2013 she traveled with the Grisham Middle School band for their third visit to Midwest and performed as a guest soloist on their concert.

Ms. Linder established Musician Pro Workshops, LLC in 2012, beginning with Clarinet Pro Workshops, Julie has now added a Saxophone Pro Workshops division and recently expanded into South Texas, with a student enrollment growth of 700% over three years. Through the Clarinet Pro Workshops Internship program, Julie mentors young high school students interested in the music industry as a career, many of whom have gone on to college as music majors.

Julie is a D’Addario Reserve Method Artist and Selmer Artist.


16597_723719887652199_502945648_nAna Gonzalez had a strong foundation in working with and mentoring youth even prior to her 2014 graduation from Texas A&M Kingsville. While there, she served as a Graduation Pathway Tutor to as many as 30 freshman music majors, using her positive example for a program designed to help University retention rates. During her time at TAMUK, she also was chosen from a competitive field of applicants to be a Counselor at TAMUK’s Summer Band Camp and Jump Camp, an innovative all-female music camp that helps give students a preview of life as a music major.

Ana joined Clarinet Pro Workshops in 2014 as an intern and was an integral part of that year’s staff. That same year, she completed her student teaching at Lopez High School and earned her Bachelor’s Degree. Ana is currently finishing her first year as an Assistant Band Director at Los Fresnos High School, and we are excited for students to work with her this summer as an Assistant Director for Clarinet Pro Workshops’ McAllen/Brownsville location.

ClarEssentials DIRECTOR – DFW

DFW-based clarinetist Kristen Thompson is noted for playing with “remarkable intensity” and “dynamicKristin Thompson's pic interpretation” (The Clarinet). An enthusiastic teacher, Ms. Thompson maintains a large private studio in Lewisville ISD where her students have placed in District, Region and All-State bands, and teaches weekly masterclasses to the clarinet sections at J.J. Pearce High School (Richardson, TX).

As a soloist, Ms. Thompson was a Finalist in the 2014 International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition and the 2015 Clarinet Colloquium Young Artist Competition (Dallas, TX). She has previously served as Assistant Principal Clarinetist with the Odysseus Chamber Orchestra, as well as performed on woodwinds in musical theatre venues across North Texas.

Ms. Thompson is a proud graduate of the University of North Texas and Potsdam (NY) State College. She also earned a Certificate in Arts Leadership while at UNT and was one of two recipients of the prestigious Priddy Scholarship in Arts Leadership in 2012. An advocate of musician’s health, she presented a poster on the role of the vocal musculature in wind performance at the 2013 Performing Arts Medical Association Conference in Aspen, CO. Her primary teachers include Dr. Kimberly Cole-Luevano, Dr. James Gillespie, and Dr. Raphael Sanders.

ClarEssentials DIRECTOR – DFW

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Connor O’Meara is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts in Clarinet Performance University of North Texas where he studies with Dr. Kimberly Cole Luevano. Mr. O’Meara completed his Masters of Clarinet Performance at the University of Texas At Austin and received his Bachelors of Clarinet Performance at the University of Northern Colorado in 2010. Primary teachers include Bill Jackson and Brad Behn (University of Northern Colorado), Richard MacDowell (University of Texas), Victoria Luperi (Principal of the Fort Worth Symphony). Mr. O’Meara has had additional study with Dr. Stephanie Zelnick (University of Kansas), Gregory Oakes (University of Iowa), and Joaquin Valdepenas (Principal clarinet of the Toronto Symphony). In addition to private study with a wide range of teachers, Mr. O’Meara has appeared in master classes with Mark Nuccio (Acting Principal, New York Philharmonic), Victoria Luperi (Principal, Fort Worth Symphony), and Jane Carl (Professor of Clarinet, University of Missouri Kansas City). Mr. O’Meara has also attended summer music festivals at Rocky Ridge Music Festival (2008) and Aspen Music Festival (Local Scholarship Student, 2005).

Since moving to North Texas, Mr. O’Meara has been an active member of the performance community, performing with the San Angelo Symphony, the Allen Philharmonic and performances & regional tours with the Fort Worth Symphony. Mr. O’Meara has been a member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra since 2013 and has performed with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra Clarinet Choir at the Oklahoma University Clarinet Symposium.

As a teacher, Mr. O’Meara is currently working for the Frisco Independent school district. Many of his students have attended honor bands, All-State band and All-State solo contest. In addition to his private teaching studio, Mr. O’Meara has been a faculty member for UNT’s ClarEssentials in 2013 and 2014.