Patricia Shands

Patricia Shands

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Clarinetist Patricia Shands has appeared to popular and critical acclaim throughout the United States, South America, and Europe. Her performances have been applauded by the critics of such publications as The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Il Giornale (Milan), Fanfare, and The American Record Guide.

In 1994, she was a featured soloist for composer Luciano Berio’s presentation of the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard University. She has appeared at the music festivals festivals of Interharmony and Spoleto (Italy), the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Música no Museu (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Round Top, Chautauqua, Bear Valley, Bellingham, and the National Repertory Orchestra as well as the Wellesley Composers Conference, the New Hampshire Music Festival, the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, and the April in Santa Cruz New Music Festival.

A prizewinner in the Concert Artists Guild Competition, Dr. Shands has collaborated in chamber music performances with many of the finest musicians of today and she performed with the Kodály and Stamic Quartets on their American tours. She currently is a member of the Trois Bois Wind Trio and the Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet, and she was a founding member of the award-winning Block Ensemble. With these groups she has toured throughout the United States.

Her frequent appearances at the Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival have led to critically acclaimed recordings of works by Bartók, Dahl, and Guastavino. In addition, Dr. Shands has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, National Public Radio’s Performance Today, and regional live broadcasts by WGBH (Boston), KXPR (Sacramento), and WVPR (Vermont Public Radio). Her recorded works are featured on the Naxos, Centaur, Albany, Onossa, and Round Top labels.

A native of Auburn, Alabama, Dr. Shands received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. At the completion of her studies, she was invited to serve as Principal Clarinetist of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogotá. Following a residency at the Banff Centre for the Performing Arts, she attended the University of Southern California, studying clarinet with Mitchell Lurie and David Shifrin and taking her Master of Music degree. She spent several years in New England performing as a member of the Block Ensemble and the symphonies of Portland and Vermont as well as teaching at Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire. After returning for doctoral studies at Rice University, Dr. Shands joined the faculty of the University of the Pacific in 1995 where she is currently Professor of Clarinet and Program Director of Chamber Music in the Conservatory of Music. In 2009, the University of the Pacific awarded her the Eberhardt Teacher/Scholar award and in 2013 was awarded the Hoefer Prize for Outstanding Faculty/Student Research.


BM, Peabody Conservatory of Music

MM, University of Southern California

DMA, Rice University