Jaren S. Hinckley

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Jaren Hinckley
Jaren S. Hinckley received his Doctor of Music Degree at Florida State University where he studied with Frank Kowalsky. He holds a Masters Degree in Clarinet Performance from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana where he studied with James Campbell and Howard Klug. Prior to that he received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Utah, where he studied with Christie Lundquist.

Included in his solo works are performances with the Utah Symphony, the Canyonlands New Music Ensemble, and the Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia. He has recorded two CDs with the Canyonlands New Music Ensemble and the Utah Composers Ensemble--chamber groups dedicated to the advancement of new music.

Through his involvement with these groups and others, he has performed the world-premieres of many solo and chamber works. He has created a new approach to music pedagogy based on the acting techniques of Constantin Stanislavski.

In 2006 Dr. Hinckley was a recipient of the Alcuin Fellowship award, and in 2008 he was invited to lecture about building a personal music collection as part of education week at Brigham Young University.

When he was in fourth grade Hinckley looked to participate in the orchestra as a cellist. His father informed him that was "a girls' instrument" and that a clarinet would be much better suited for a young man. Since that time, Dr. Hinckley has excelled in the clarinet. In recounting his experiences he mentioned the hardships he experienced at the University of Indiana: "At the U, I was first in everything. [Then] I went to Indiana and suddenly I wasn't first chair in everything, and it was sort of a blow to my ego." At one point he considered going back home but he says, "I'm so glad I stuck it out."

Now, as a professor at BYU, Dr. Hinckley uses his past experiences in his lectures. He has a unique and personal teaching style. Even with classes of over 400 students he finds ways to relate with the students. He not only teaches music but also life lessons, producing both outstanding musicians and upstanding individuals.

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