Garrick Zoeter

Anna Lee Van Buren Chair in Clarinet; Associate Professor, Clarinet


Armstrong 17

540 665 4552

Faculty Member since 2007

The Shenandoah clarinet studio exemplifies the foundations of professor Zoeter's musical beliefs: passion, energy, dedication, and above all communicating deep felt emotions from the heart through the sound of the clarinet....

Applied Area(s)



Clarinet Ensemble


B.M., The Juilliard School; M.M., Yale University

Professional Highlights

  • American clarinetist Garrick Zoeter's passionate and exciting way with the clarinet has been acknowledged around the world. The Clarinet (March 2011) recently described his playing as "remarkable, his tone is beautiful and he shows complete mastery of all the technical demands and effects that are required of this piece, His artistry and virtuosity are compelling. This is one of the finest clarinet performances I have reviewed." While the Washington Post recently described a recent performance of his with Antares as "an utterly commanding performance, technically superb and radiant with otherworldly majesty all played with exceptional insight."
  • A native of Alexandria, Va., Mr. Zoeter's first serious clarinet studies were with Kenneth Lee and National Symphony Orchestra clarinetist William Wright. He received his bachelors degree from the Juilliard School as a student of Charles Neidich and his masters degree from Yale University as a student of David Shifrin. He made his solo debut at the age of seventeen in Weber's Concerto #1 with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He has won numerous competitions including first prize in the 2002 Concert Artists Guild Competition and the 1991 International Clarinet Society International Clarinet Competition, as well as the silver medal in the 1997 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition.
  • Zoeter is the founding member of the acclaimed multi-award-winning clarinet, violin, cello, piano quartet Antares. With Antares, he annually gives performances around the United States at such prestigious venues as The Kennedy Center, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, Aspen Music Festival, Strathmore, Ensemble Music Society of Indianapolis, Carnegie Recital Hall, Market Square Concerts, The Library of Congress, The Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art, and Cincinnati Chamber Music Society. His work with Antares has also resulted in the commissioning and premiering of over 20 new quartets from several of North Americas top young composers including Mason Bates, John Mackey, James Matheson, Dan Visconti and Carter Pann. Zoeter is also a frequent performer with such groups as Trio Solisti, The Audubon String Quartet, The Ensemble for the Romantic Century, the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, the University of Buffalo's Slee Sinfinietta, and the Monadnock Music Festival. While at Shenandoah he has been featured in concerto performances with the Wind Ensemble in Michael Daugherty's Brooklyn Bridge and Rossini's Introduction, Theme, and Variations and with the Symphony Orchestra in Debussy's Premiere Rhapsody, Strauss' Duet Concertino, the Copland Concerto, and the Clarinet Concerto by William Bolcom. He also performs frequently with the faculty Van Buren Wind Quintet. Mr. Zoeter is also a member of the recently formed NOW Orchestra, an orchestra made up of soloists in Washington D.C.
  • Zoeter also performs extensively with his wife, soprano Mariana Mihai-Zoeter, in concerts featuring a wide repertoire for soprano, piano and clarinet. They regularly perform throughout the world in such unique venues as the Opera Houses of Manaus and Belem in Brasil. Recent performances include a concert at the Teatrul Maria Filloti in Braila, Romania, the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., and the 25th Festival of Chamber Music in Belem, Brasil.
  • A committed teacher as well as performer, Zoeter served on the clarinet and chamber music faculty of Wesleyan University (2002-2007) and from 1997-2003 was the clarinet professor at the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in the city of Fortaleza, Brasil. Zoeter has recorded for the CRI, Newport Classics, Bridge, Innova, MSR Classics, and New Focus Recordings CD labels.
  • RECENT STUDENT NEWS!!!! Spring 2014: Congratulations to freshman clarinet performance major Jacob Moyer, 2nd Place winner in the National Level MTNA Senior Woodwind Performance Competition in Chicago.

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