BM, Missouri State University
MM and DMA, Michigan State University
American clarinetist Wesley Warnhoff’s “thoughtful, effortless, and intense” performance style has gained him international acclaim as a soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician. Dr. Warnhoff is currently serving as Assistant Teaching Professor of Clarinet at the University of Missouri where he leads the clarinet studio, performs with the Missouri Quintet, and assists Exit 128, a student-led new music ensemble. He is a founding member of the VCP Trio, a violin, clarinet, and piano trio that advocates new music performance. Dr. Warnhoff is also the principal clarinet of the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra in Michigan, a post he has held since 2010.
An avid proponent of music education, Dr. Warnhoff’s research into the clarinet’s contemporary extended techniques has helped him to develop a unique pedagogical approach that provides a new perspective on creating the ideal embouchure and sound concept. It is this dedication to teaching that makes him a sought-after artist and clinician throughout the United States.
As a champion of new music, Dr. Warnhoff has given many new music premieres including the world-premiere of Murray Gross’ Rhapsody for Clarinet, “I Surrender.” Along with performing new music, Dr. Warnhoff has also added to the performing repertoire, most notably with his transcription for clarinet, voice, and piano of “La Vita e Inferno” from Verdi’s La Forza del Destino.
Prior to his appointment at the University of Missouri, Dr. Warnhoff was on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clarinet and performed with the Wingra Wind Quintet, an ensemble-in-residence at UW-Madison. He has also served on faculty at Alma and Albion Colleges in Michigan.
Dr. Warnhoff is a proud native Columbian and Rock Bridge High School graduate. He holds his degrees in higher education from Michigan State University, where he earned his DMA and MM, and Missouri State University where he earned his BM. His primary teachers include Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, Dr. Allison Storochuk, and Dr. Jack Scheurer.