Associate Professor of Music, Clarinet
Coordinator of Winds & Strings
Chamber Music, Clarinet Ensemble
Listen to Professor Stoffan's music at DigStation.com
Listen to music on Professor Stoffan's SoundCloud page
Read the article "American in Brno" here
Read the second part of "American in Brno" here.
As a Fulbright Scholar to the Czech Republic, clarinetist George Stoffan served as an artist-in-residence at the Janáček Academy of Music in Brno, in 2012. The Clarinet published a two-part article on current musical life in the Czech Republic, based upon his residency. Recent performances featuring new Czech works include recitals at the Czech Cultural Center in New York City and Lawrence House Centre for the Arts Concert Series in Sarnia, Canada in March 2014, and performances at the College Music Society National Conference in St. Louis in October 2014 and its Midwest Regional Conference at Michigan State University in March 2015. His recording, A Postcard from Europe, featuring contemporary East European clarinet music, in addition to Brahms’ Sonata No. 2, Op. 120, in E-flat Major, was characterized by the Detroit Free Press as benefiting from “Stoffan’s warm expression and confident attack,” and The Clarinet cited “Stoffan’s performance of the Brahms with technical ease and great expression of the works, warm, passionate lines.”
Stoffan is currently Principal Clarinetist of the Oakland Symphony Orchestra. He was previously Principal Clarinetist and Concertmaster of the United States Air Force Band in Washington D.C. With this ensemble, he performed in eight national tours. He appeared as soloist on several occasions, and performed in fourteen recordings, some of which are available on the Naxos label. In addition, Mr. Stoffan has performed in recital at International Clarinet Association Conferences in Kansas City, Atlanta, and College Park, MD. He has performed at the 2011 National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors conference at the University of Florida, and at the 2010 Czech-Slovak National Music Conference at Grand Valley State University.
Before joining the faculty at Oakland University, Mr. Stoffan taught clarinet at Southern Utah University. He has also been on the faculties of Duke Ellington School of the Arts and the Washington Conservatory of Music in Washington D.C. He has been appointed to the faculty at New England Music Camp, beginning in the summer of 2015.
He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance and Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan, a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from Indiana University, and a DMA in Clarinet Performance from the University of Wisconsin.
In the summer of 2015 Professor Stoffan will be teaching at the New England Music Camp. You can read more about the camp here and watch an NEMC video here.