Anthony Poehailos joins the Penn State School of Music faculty this fall as Interim Lecturer in Clarinet. He is a doctoral candidate at Florida State University, anticipating graduation this coming May. His previous degrees include an M.M. in Music Performance from Penn State, and a B.M. in Music Education from James Madison University, where he was named the valedictorian of his graduating class.
Poehailos has performed with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Heritage Theatre Festival Orchestra (Charlottesville, VA), Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra (State College, PA), and Williamsport Symphony Orchestra (PA). He is in particular demand as a utility clarinetist and doubler, as his professional experience includes performing on bass clarinet, E-flat clarinet, and alto and tenor saxophone. Poehailos was awarded First Prize in the International Clarinet Association’s 2018 Orchestral Audition Competition in Ostend, Belgium for his performance of orchestral excerpts on both soprano and bass clarinet. Additionally, at Penn State, he was chosen as a winner of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition and collaborated with dancer and choreographer, Natasha McCandless, to earn First Prize in the performance category in the university’s annual Graduate Exhibition.
Poehailos currently studies clarinet with Deborah Bish and Jonathan Holden at Florida State. His previous teachers include Anthony J. Costa, Janice L. Minor, Anastasia Christofakis, and James Tobin. He holds memberships with Pi Kappa Lambda, the International Clarinet Association, National Association for Music Education, and Kappa Kappa Psi.