Christy Banks is Professor of Clarinet & Saxophone at the Tell School of Music at Millersville University of Pennsylvania where she also serves as Assistant Chair of the Music Department. Prior to her appointment to the Millersville University Music Faculty in 2005, Dr. Banks previously taught clarinet, saxophone, and related music courses at Nebraska Wesleyan University, Concordia University of Nebraska, Doane College, Union College, and Peru State College. She has presented at conferences of the College Music Society, International Clarinet Association, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, New Music Gathering, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, and Music by Women. Interested in newly composed music, Dr. Banks performs regularly with the Spatial Forces Duo and can be heard in commercially available recordings with NakedEye Ensemble and the Nebraska Chamber Players. Internationally, she has appeared as a solo / chamber artist in Belgium, Canada, Italy, Germany, Austria, China, New Zealand, and Iceland. She currently holds the bass clarinet position in Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra. In Pennsylvania, Banks has performed with the Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Allegro Orchestra Lancaster, Opera Lancaster, as well as the Allentown, Harrisburg, Lancaster and Reading Symphony Orchestras. Banks received her DMA and BM in clarinet from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MM in clarinet from Florida State University. Her primary clarinet teachers are Diane Cawein Barger, Frank Kowalsky, Eric Ginsberg, and Wesley Reist. Her saxophone teachers are Robert Fought and Rebecca Gann. Dr. Banks is the Pennsylvania State Chair of the International Clarinet Association, the founder of the Millersville University Single Reed Symposium, and the Artistic Director of the International Clarinet Association’s 2022 ClarinetFest®.
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