Vandoren Regional Artist Jenny Maclay is quickly establishing her career as a clarinet soloist, recitalist, orchestral player, chamber musician, and pedagogue. Ms. Maclay was the recipient of the 2015-2016 Harriet Hale Woolley award for musical study in Paris, where she received her Master of Musique, interprétation, et patrimoine at the Versailles Conservatoire in the class of Philippe Cuper. Currently, Ms. Maclay is pursuing her Doctorat en musique – interprétation on full scholarship 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 semi-finalist and finalist for such international competitions as Astral Artists and Concert Artists Guild. Most recently, Ms. Maclay received 1st prize at the 2017 Clé d’Or international music competition. She made her solo debut at the age of 16, as first prize winner of the Huntsville Symphony Young Artist Competition. She was the only North American high school student invited to participate (on a full scholarship) in the inaugural year of the Buffet Crampon USA Summer Clarinet Academy. Additionally, she was the highest ranked clarinetist at the 2016 Tunbridge Wells International Young Artist Competition in England.
Maclay 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, Maclay has performed several masterworks in prestigious venues, such as her performance of the Mozart clarinet quintet at the pre-opening at La Seine Musicale in Paris.
Ms. Maclay 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 finalist. Her teachers include Philippe Cuper, Karl Leister, André Moisan, Mitchell Estrin, Todd Waldecker, John Cooper, and Donald Dowdy. She has performed in the master classes of noted clarinetists Stanley Drucker, Yehuda Gilad, Jon Manasse, and Charles Neidich, at such venues as the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest and Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium. She was the youngest presenter of refereed research at the 2014 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest. Ms. Maclay has presented recitals and master classes at Middle Tennessee State University, 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 magazine and was named one of the “Top 20 Clarinet Blogs and Websites to Follow in 2018.” Her first book, an examination of unaccompanied clarinet repertoire, is currently in publication. Ms. Maclay is a Vandoren Regional Artist and performs exclusively on Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces, and ligatures.
When she’s not in a practice room or onstage, Maclay enjoys traveling and has visited over 30 countries. During her travels, she likes to befriend the local cats and enjoys reading at kitschy cafés.