Clarinetist Yasmin A. Flores has performed and given masterclasses around the U.S. for over a decade. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas and her Master of Music in Multiple Winds degree from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. In 2009, Flores received her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa where she studied with Dr. Maurita Murphy Marx. Her D.M.A. dissertation was “The Clarinet Works of Gustav Adolph Heinze.” In 2012, Flores’ arrangement of Gustav Adolph Heinze’s Concertstück for Clarinet and Piano was published by Roncorp. That same year, she premiered the work at the International Clarinet Association in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 2013, Flores joined Ensemble: Peripherie, a new music ensemble, on their Midwest tour. Later that year they performed at Weill Recital Hall in New York City and Jeffrey Williams of New York Concert Review stated, “Next up was Butterfly Dance by David Gompper (b.1954)…Clarinetist Yasmin Flores was the star of this work, from the soaring sounds of the opening section to the jaunty dance of the second.”
Flores has previously taught at New Mexico Highlands University, University of North Alabama, Troy State University, Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA, and as a graduate assistant at the University of Iowa. In the past, she has performed with the Center for New Music at Iowa, Way Off Broadway Musical Theatre, Inc. at the Sondheim Performing Arts Center in Fairfield, IA, and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. She recently had the privilege of playing in the Concordia Wind Orchestra in Santa Fe, NM.
This year the second piece from her dissertation, Heinze’s Drei Lieder, will be published by Roncorp. In August of 2016, Flores won second place in the International Clarinet Association’s Research Competition for her presentation, “Two Small Gems in the Grand Scheme of Things: The Concertstück and Drei Lieder by Gustav Adolph Heinze.” Flores will soon be performing Black Birds, Red Hills by Libby Larsen (b. 1950) at the College Music Society’s national convention in Santa Fe, NM in October 2016, with Ann DuHammel (piano) and Stephen Fine (viola). Flores continues to perform new music with Ensemble Peripherie (http://www.ensembleperipherie.com/) and she is currently an assistant music professor at El Paso Community College.