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Laurie Friedman-Adler

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music


MA, 1977, CUNY Brooklyn Coll; BM, 1975, Manhattan Schl Music


Biographical Information

“Her playing combined a rich, colorful tone and virtuoso technique”-David Amram

Laurie Friedman-Adler currently holds the positions of Music Teacher at Brooklyn College Academy, Assistant Professor of Clarinet studies at Hofstra University and has taught at Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, and the College of Staten Island.  Her work with the Brooklyn College Academy World Ensemble has enabled the group to experience and perform in various public/private school venues throughout NYC, Nebraska, Connecticut, and Seattle, Washington. In September, 2013 eight students from the Ensemblewill perform journey to various location in Wyoming. Along with teaching clarinet and various traditional and non-traditional instruments, she coaches woodwind ensembles, chamber music and has taught graduate seminars in Woodwind Techniques andTeaching Music in the Elementary and Secondary Schools.  Ms. Friedman-Adler has been invited to lecture on The Art of Making and Adjusting the Reed at California State University Sacramento, University of California at Davis and Hofstra University.  In February 2003 she was invited to Sacramento State University as a “Visiting Professor” to lecture on reed-making and give clarinet master classes. She has received grants from Project ArtsThe Mier Burnstein Foundation and Bear-Stearns&Co. for the creation and performances of original narratives with music. Ms. Friedman-Adler lectured on “Reeds-Those Inconsistent Beasts!” during the 2004 All-State NYSSMA Conference.  Currently Ms. Friedman-Adler serves as a chamber music coach at The Chico-Sac Chamber Music Workshop located on the Sacramento State University campus.  Ms. Friedman-Adler regularly attends and presents in the Summer Middle College National Consortium. During the summer of 2007, Laurie Friedman-Adler was invited to attend the National Network for Educational Renewalsymposium in Seattle, Washington. She has continued to participate and present in the following NNER Conferences: Charleston, West Virginia, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, Normal, Illinois, Seattle, Washington, Hartford Conn., and Denver, Colorado. The Council of Great City Schools accepted her proposal entitled Peer Review – BCA Style and was presented in Tampa, Florida on October, 2010.  On January, 2011, Ms. Friedman-Adler was invited to be part of the Institute for Educational Inquiry (NNER–IEI)) as a scholarFor the 2011/12 NNER Hartford, Conn. Conference, she was asked to be the keynote speaker.  The speech was entitled: “A Chamber of Voices-The Art of Practicing Democracy.” In 2016, she was part of a selected participant in a think tank on Strategic Planning for the NNER

Ms. Friedman-Adler has written four original narratives based on classic literature.  Her series of work include: The Pied Piper of Hamelin; Peer Gynt-A Musical Story; the Hunchback of Notre Dame; and the Time Machine.  Classic literature in original narrative form, descriptive classical music woven throughout the narrative and interpretive, visually expressive dance are the essential elements of these performance pieces.  Most of the original narratives were performed throughout the New York City area public and private schools.  The Pied Piper was performed in Sacramento, California with a supporting grant from Bear-Stearns.  Ms. Friedman-Adler’s latest work (co-authored by Deborah Pittman), Harriet and Anne, was completed in 1999.  With financial support from the Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra’s Children’s Project Grant, a workshop of Harriet and Anne was staged at Sacramento State University.  In October, 2005, The New York Premiere of Harriet and Anne was performed at the Producers Club in NYC.  Vita-Nova Productions supported the premiere of the original work.  In addition to Ms. Friedman-Adler’s published narratives, she has written articles for the National Network for Educational Renewal Web Publication and the Middle College National Consortium newsletter and JournalIn May, 2011, she received a grant from Hofstra University to study the “Art of Crafting World Instruments” in order to study Cherokee Native Indian Flute making with Daniel Bigay.  Hofstra University awarded her another grant on April, 2013&14 to continue her work “Researching the Cherokee Native American Indian Flute’s Influence on Global Audiences.” She has been awarded two more research grants by Hofstra’s FRDG.

Laurie Friedman-Adler holds a BM degree from Manhattan School of Music, where she was a full scholarship student of Leon Russianoff.  She received her MA degree from Brooklyn College, during which she was awarded the Abraham Klotzman Memorial Scholarship.  In 1977&78 Ms. Friedman-Adler received a fellowship to the Blossom Music Festival with the Cleveland Orchestra.  In the fall of 1979, she won the audition for the Beersheva Orchestra in Israel.  Her orchestral performance experiences includes: New Jersey Pops Orchestra, Long Island Philharmonic(soloist-1999), Connecticut Grand Opera(1996-98), Village Light Opera(1993-present), Tulsa Ballet Orchestra(1988-89), Galliard QuintetThe Goldman Band(1987), and radio performances on WQXR, NYC, WBAI, and WCLV in Cleveland.  Ms. Friedman-Alder’s chamber music experience includes performances at:  The Austrian Embassy, the Library of Congress in Washington, D. C. (taped live by National Public Radio for broadcast throughout Europe and North America), The Frick Museum in New York and Pittsburgh, Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, the Gardner Museum in Boston and The Newport Festival.  She performs regularly with The Hevreh Ensemble, a professional Classical World Ensemble, playing original music written specifically for the ensemble.  In 2006 and 2011, Ms. Friedman-Adler recorded with The Hevreh Ensemble – tracks of the recordings can be heard  The Hevreh Ensemble performed in: Prague and Krakow on 9/ 2010, in Berlin/ Bonn/Hamburg, Germany during the 2012-13 season, The Netherlands and Munich in 2014 and on September 3 -10, 2016 in Vienna and Prague.  On June 2, 2009, she was honored by WABC-TV’s Above and Beyond – Inspiring Teachers and Students award with a television special which aired on June 20, 2009. The special is still streaming on the WABC web-site. Recently, she was featured on BRIC cable TV on The World Ensemble.

Laurie Friedman-Adler has been making art for over thirty years.  Her sculptures are highly experiential and responsive; they are her reply to major tragedies and triumphs of humanity.  Laurie is interested in scale; some pieces appear minimal and abstract at first, but close inspection reveals tiny representative details—planes, ribcages, the broken mast of a boat.  Some pieces take eight years to make, while others are completed within a year.  All are inspired by our life on this planet and make use of the world’s beautiful natural materials. Laurie's sculptures are a lifelong parallel pursuit. Visit her web-site at:


Master of Arts
Brooklyn College

Bachelor of Music
Manhattan School of Music

Clarinet Studies
Leon Russianoff
Frank Cohen (Principal Clarinet, Cleveland Orchestra)

Music Coaches
John Mack, principal oboe, Cleveland Orchestra
Murray Sharp, principal flute, Cleveland Orchestra
Josef Gingold, violin, concertmaster, Cleveland Orchestra
Richard Solis, principal horn, Cleveland Orchestra
Lorin Hollander, concert pianist

Professional Positions

2001-present New Jersey Pops Orchestra
1991-92 Queens Opera Orchestra
1990-92 Choral Society of the Hamptons, principal clarinet
1988-89 Tulsa Ballet, principal clarinet
1985 Contemporary Opera Productions
1983-85 New York City Opera Orchestra (tour) - principal clarinet
1982 Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra, principal clarinet
1981-82 Adamant Chamber Orchestra, principal clarinet
1980-81 Pan American Symphony
1979 Gilbert & Sullivan Operetta Orchestra
1977 Beersheva Orchestra, Israel, principal clarinet
1977-78 Blossom Festival Orchestra, principal clarinet
1976-77 New York Lyric Opera Orchestra, principal clarinet

Chamber/Wind Ensemble
2002 Performance at Austrian Embassy
1996-present Silver Bay Summer Music Festival Wind
1992-95 Summit Music Festival Ensemble
1989 Jewish Museum-David Amram Concert
1987-88 Library of Congress Chamber Music Series (Washington, D.C.)
1988-89 Garden State Symphonic Band
1987 Goldman Memorial Band
1985 Recorded movie sound track for United Nations 40th Anniversary Film
1984 Odyssey Chamber Ensemble
1983-84 Seufert Concert
1981-84 Infusion Contemporary Ensemble (outdoor summer series)
1981 Carnegie Recital Hall Solo Debut
1977-78 Blossom Music Festival
1978 WQXR McGraw-Hill Young Artist Series (hosted by Robert Sherman)
1978-present Galliard Quintet
1976-79 Performances on radio stations FUV, NYC, WQXR, WBAI and WCLV Cleveland

1997-present Assistant Professor of clarinet / chamber music instructor, Hofstra University
2003 Visiting Professor at Sacramento State University
2001 Music Education Colloquium, Brooklyn College
2000-01 Wind Chamber Music coach, Brooklyn College
2001-02 Wind Ensemble Director, Brooklyn College
2000 Chamber Music Coach for Children's Foundation
2000-2002 Instrumental Workshop: Woodwinds, Brooklyn College
1998, summer Taught graduate course Teaching Music to Elementary School Teachers at Brooklyn College
1996-2003 Clarinet Master Classes and "The Art of Reed Making and Adjusting Commercial Reeds" Lectures, Sacramento State University and University at Davis, Ca.
1996-present Silver Bay Summer Music Festival
1995-present Adjunct Clarinet Instructor, Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music (CUNY)
1993 Staten Island Academy of Musical Arts
1992-95 Summit Music Festival
1988-present Adjunct Clarinet Instructor, College of Staten Island(CUNY)
1986-present Brooklyn College Academy
1985-97 Young Artists-Young Musicians Competition(CSI)
1984 Conductor of wind ensemble, Fordham Prep
1981-82 Coach, Adamant Chamber Music School
1981-2000 Clarinet instructor, Brooklyn College Preparatory Center
1980-87 Mid-Westchester YW-YMHA Music School
1979-80 Hebrew Arts School
1979 Theory instructor, Mannes College of Music
1975-87 Brooklyn Music School
1973-76 USDAN Center for the Creative and Performing Arts

1987 Conductor of The Metropolitan Women's Orchestra Experience
1986-87 "The Robber Bride Groom" Fordham University
1986-present Associate Conductor, Brooklyn Chamber Orchestra
1984 Assistant Conductor, Regina Opera Company
1983-86 Conductor of Infusion Contemporary Ensemble
1982 Brooklyn Chamber Ensemble, Carnegie Recital Hall
1982-83 Assistant Conductor, Brooklyn Heights Symphony
1981-82 Adamant Chamber Orchestra (Vermont)

Awards and Scholarships

1999-2000 Grant from Bear-Stearns &Co. for workshop in California on an original narrative / play Harriet and Anne
1998 Project Arts Grant
1995-96-97 Grant from Bear-Stearns&Co. for creation and performance of
original narratives/music. For more information on each narrative, email at
1995-96 Mier Burnstein Foundation Grant for project with the Foundling Hospital of NY (original narratives with music)
1971-75 Manhattan School of Music Scholarship
1973 Concerto competition winner (MSM)
1976-77 Concerto competition winner (BC)
1976-77 The Abe Klotzman Memorial Scholarship(Brooklyn College)
1977-78 Blossom Music Festival Fellowship
1977 Invited to play principal clarinet-Galilee Orchestra, Israel
1977 Invited and won audition for principal clarinet, Beersheva Orchestra, Israel

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
MUS 007P (CP) CLARINET Undergraduate
MUS 020 (CP) ENSEMBLE Undergraduate
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