Vandoren Artist-Clinician Jenny Maclay enjoys a diverse career as a clarinet soloist, recitalist, orchestral player, chamber musician, pedagogue, and blogger. Jenny was the recipient of the 2015-2016 Harriet Hale Woolley award for musical study in Paris, where she was an artist-in-residence at the Fondation des Etats-Unis. She received her Master of Musique, interprétation, et patrimoine at the Versailles Conservatoire in the class of Philippe Cuper and is currently pursuing her Doctorat en musique – interprétation at the Université de Montréal, where she is a student of André Moisan. She has achieved a number of other notable musical honors, including selection as a prizewinner, finalist, and semi-finalist for such international competitions as Concerts Artists Guild and Astral Artists. Most recently, Jenny was an invited recitalist at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she performed a collaborative duo recital with Sauro Berti, solo bass clarinetists of Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. Other recent prizes include 1st prize at the 2017 Clé d’Or international music competition and highest ranking clarinetist at the 2016 Tunbridge Wells International Young Artist Competition in England.
Jenny has performed with orchestras throughout Europe and North America. In 2017, she toured with the Jeune Philharmonie franco-allemande et hongroise, an international orchestra comprised of musicians from over 20 different countries. During past seasons, she has performed with several orchestras, including the Ensemble Orchestral Les Voyages Extraordinaires, Écoute Ensemble de Musique Contemporaine, Orchestre d’Harmonie de Levallois, Florida Orchestra, Valdosta Symphony, Ocala Symphony, and the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra. As a chamber musician, she has performed several masterworks in prestigious venues, such as her performance of the Mozart clarinet quintet at the pre-opening at La Seine Musicale and the Messiaen Quatuor pour la fin du temps at the Fondation des Etats-Unis in Paris.
Jenny received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Clarinet Performance at the University of Florida, where she graduated summa cum laude and was a Fulbright Scholar alternate. Her teachers include Philippe Cuper, Karl Leister, André Moisan, Mitchell Estrin, Todd Waldecker, John Cooper, and Donald Dowdy. She was the youngest presenter of refereed research at the 2014 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest. Recently, Jenny has been an invited artist and presented lectures on music and entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa, Loyola University, Lamar University, Middle Tennessee State University, University of Alabama Birmingham, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, University of Southern Mississippi, and was a featured soloist at the keynote ceremony of the 2015 Alabama Music Educators Association Conference.
An active blogger since 2015, Maclay’s blog Jenny Clarinet has been featured in The Clarinet journal and the Clarineat podcast and was named one of the “Top 20 Clarinet Blogs and Websites to Follow in 2019 and 2018.” To date, she has published over 200 articles which have been read in over 160 countries and translated into several languages. Jenny is also the Social Media Coordinator for the International Clarinet Association and is a featured contributor to the Vandoren WAVE newsletter and Rodriguez Musical Services blog. Her first book, an examination of unaccompanied clarinet repertoire, is currently in publication. Jenny is a Vandoren Artist-Clinician and performs exclusively on Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces, and ligatures.
When she’s not onstage or in a practice room, Jenny enjoys traveling and has visited over 30 countries. During her travels, she likes to befriend the local cats and enjoys reading at kitschy cafés. Her caffeination of choice is espresso or Earl Grey tea.