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Adella’s Biography

Adella May Dzitko-Carlson is currently a master’s student studying clarinet performance with Dr. Andy Hudson and Dr. Anthony Taylor at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. As a member of the UNCG clarinet studio, Adella has been section leader of both the University Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. She is also 1/3 of the new Chaos IncarnĂ© clarinet trio, which seeks to bring contemporary clarinet music to wider audiences and uplift the voices of underrepresented composers. Throughout the year, Adella teaches a studio of clarinet and piano students from across the country both online and in person. Adella is also a 500-hour registered yoga teacher, offering yoga classes to groups and individuals in addition to music lessons.

Adella received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) in the spring of 2020, graduating summa cum laude from the University Honors Program. While at Eastern she studied clarinet with Christopher Howard, a member of the United States Coast Guard Band, as well as completing a year of study in clarinet repair at Howard Woodwind Company after graduating. Adella has also spent summers at Brevard Music Center and the Philadelphia International Music Festival, studying with Steve Cohen and Ricardo Morales, as well as working as the production intern for the Hartford Symphony Orchestra’s Talcott Mountain Music Festival.

During her time at Eastern, Adella won the New England Intercollegiate Band Festival Solo Competition as well as receiving multiple awards from the music department and university, including the 2019 Undergraduate Creative Activity Fellowship and the 2020 Outstanding Honors Thesis Award for her project, “Leonard Bernstein and the Twentieth Century Crisis of Faith.” Adella was selected to present twice at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, for her work on Bernstein as well as on environmentalism in the music of John Luther Adams.

In addition to playing in many events at the Fine Arts Instructional Center on the campus of ECSU, Adella has performed in festivals and ensembles at Battell Chapel and Woolsey Hall at Yale University, Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University, Temple Performing Arts Center at Temple University, The Grand Ol’ Opry in Nashville, TN, and The Bushnell Theater in Hartford, CT. Adella has also played as a woodwind doubler for musicals at The Warner Theater in Torrington, CT, and The Taft School in Watertown, CT.

In high school, Adella performed as a member of the NAfME All National Honor Ensembles and as principal clarinetist of the CMEA All State band, among other ensembles.