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Christopher Ayer

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Professor, Clarinet

  • D.M.A., Clarinet Performance, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (1997)
  • M.M., Clarinet Performance, New England Conservatory of Music (1993)
  • B.M.E, Music Education, Acadia University, Nova Scotia (1991)
Christopher Ayer, a native of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, is currently Professor of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University, where he coordinates undergraduate and graduate clarinet study, and performs with the Stone Fort Wind Quintet. He has studied with Thomas Martin, Associate Principal Clarinetist with the Boston Symphony, and Ronald de Kant, former Principal Clarinetist of the Vancouver Symphony. Prior to his appointment at SFA.S.U, Dr. Ayer was the clarinet professor and orchestra conductor at Eastern New Mexico University.

Dr. Ayer is active as a recitalist, often performing with his wife, pianist Kae Hosoda-Ayer in the US and Canada as Duo Karudan. He has also presented clarinet clinics and has been an adjudicator throughout the US and Canada. In the past, he has presented lectures and performances at the annual conferences of the International Clarinet Association.