Visiting Assistant Educator of Clarinet
Rachelle Goter, Visiting Assistant Educator of Clarinet, is currently in her seventh season as clarinetist with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, principal clarinetist with the Wichita Grand Opera, principal clarinetist with Ballet Wichita, and solo clarinet with the Lieurance Woodwind Quintet. In addition, Goter performs with the Ad Astra Clarinet Quartet, comprised of Kansas University clarinet professors. As a member of Ad Astra, she has performed at the International Clarinet Association’s Clarinetfest, Midwest Clarinetfest, KMEA, the University of Arkansas, and Kansas State University. Ms. Goter also served as principal clarinet in the Wichita Wind Ensemble Professional Band for seven years.
Goter’s teaching career has included teaching clarinet at Friends University since 2000 where she has taught applied clarinet, clarinet literature, clarinet pedagogy, coached clarinet ensembles, and performed with the Tower Wind Quintet. With the Tower Wind Quintet, she has performed at KMEA, the Sandzen Concert Series, KMTA and has given numerous performances and clinics at schools across the state.
In addition to her university teaching, Ms. Goter has also taught band at all levels in the public schools since 1995 and was awarded Mu Phi’s Outstanding Young Bandmaster in 2000. She has also conducted performances at KMEA and Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. Goter was inducted into Mu Phi’s Honorary Band Fraternity in 2007. Goter is a sought after clinician and has given clinics at Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, Kansas Music Educators Association conference, Kansas Bandmaster’s Conference and Wichita Public Schools as well as numerous clinics in high schools across Kansas.
As a private clarinet teacher, Ms. Goter has taught for thirty years and counting. Her students have won numerous solo competitions, have held principal chairs in All State performing groups, the Wichita Youth Symphony, and the Wichita Wind Ensembles. Four of her students have assisted her in giving clinics at the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, KBA, and for Wichita Public Schools. Ms. Goter’s students have placed first and second in the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium Young Artist Competition and have played in masterclasses given by Mitchell Lurie, Julia Heinen, Robert Spring, Stanley Hasty, Jon Manasse, Eddie Daniels, Ricardo Morales, and Larry Guy.
A frequent soloist, Goter has been a guest with such groups such as the Friends University Symphonic band, Friends University Orchestra and Jazz Band, the Friends University Chamber Orchestra, Wichita Wind Ensemble Professional Band, Wichita Children’s Choir, Friends University Community Orchestra, and the KCDA Women’s Honor Choir, performing pieces such as Victor Babin’s Hillandale Waltzes, Artie Shaw’s Clarinet Concerto, Bela Kovacs’ Shalom Alacheim rov Feidman, Stamitz’s Concerto No. 3, and Daniel Racer’s Devil Wind.
Ms. Goter performed in the Alpenkammermusik Festival in Liesing, Austria in 2016 featuring performances of Reger’s Clarinet Quintet, John Mackey’s Breakdown Tango, Piazzola’s Oblivion, and selections from Mozart’s Magic Flute. She has performed twice at the Knob Music Festival, having performed Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time and Nikolai Resanovic’s alt.music.ballistix. In addition, Ms. Goter was accepted as a performer/participant in the Clarinet Summit taught by famed teacher and pedagogue, Kalmen Opperman, and world-renowned clarinet soloist, Richard Stolzman. She also attended the Clarinet Teaching Workshop at Indiana University featuring the teaching of pedagogue and author, Howard Klug.
Ms. Goter obtained her BME and her MM in Clarinet Performance at Wichita State University. Her teachers have included Dr. James Jones, Dr. Suzanne Tirk, Jay Steinberg, Jeff Pelischek, with additional studies with LA Philharmonic’s Burt Hara and University of Michigan clarinet professor, Chad Burrow.