Clarinet teaching

I teach Clarinet, Chamber Music, and Music History at Portland State University in Portland/ Oregon, while also serving as Head of Woodwinds.

Welcome, clarinet loving person! I am glad that you have found your way here.

The clarinet is a wonderful and unique instrument, with a rich tradition and application in many styles of music. I am in love with its beautiful sound since the moment I first heard it while growing up in Germany. The clarinet is being played in many different ways around the globe and explorations of its possibilities never seem to end.

My  teaching has developed into a blend of traditional and modern methods from Europe and the United States. Webbed into this mix are my own ideas and methods, intended to help students reach their individual goals.

I am regularly introducing lesser-known composers and compositions to broaden the students’ perspectives and to advocate for diversity in music.

Clarinet Ensembles of all sizes make an integral part of my work in the Clarinet Studio and outside the university, including the Zephyr Clarinet Choir.

PSU Students

Masterclasses

At the PSU School of Music, we regularly invite guest clinicians to work with the clarinet students. Guest clarinetists include Rolf Weber, Jose Kotar, Sean Osborn, Frank Kowalsky, Virginia Figueiredo, Gregory Barrett, and James Shields.

My former teacher, the iconic Hollywood musician Gary Gray, has visited PSU in 2008.

2023 PSU Commencement

Contact me at heilmair@pdx.edu if you are interested in studying at PSU.

To apply to the PSU School of Music for Clarinet Studies, click here: www.pdx.edu/music-theater/apply