United States of America
Dr. Osiris J. Molina is Professor of Clarinet and Woodwind Area Coordinator at the University of Alabama. A native of Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States, he has extensive experience as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. His professional accomplishments have taken him overseas and across the country. Dr. Molina is currently Principal Clarinet of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, Second Clarinet with the Huntsville Symphony and performs regularly with the Alabama, Mobile and Chattanooga symphony clarinet sections, in addition to work with the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Greater Lansing (all from the State of Michigan), and Bridgeport (Connecticut) Symphony Orchestras.
Dr. Molina’s chamber work includes his membership in the Cavell Trio, a reed trio dedicated to established and emerging works for this unique combination. Cavell has performed at multiple international conferences, including the 2011-2013 and the 2016 International Double Reed Society Conferences and the 2012-2016 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest. Cavell’s third recording project, New Discoveries, featuring music of Rueff, Vachey, Gross, Zaheri, and Greg Simon, was released in 2017. His most recent chamber music experience is with the Vuorovesi Trio, a UA faculty trio consisting of the flute, oboe, and clarinet combination. Vuorovesi was accepted to perform at the IDRS, ICA, and NFA conferences in 2019, and will recording their first album of American music for this combination in 2020.
He is also clarinetist in the Capstone Woodwind Quintet, the faculty quintet at the University of Alabama. They are committed to outreach efforts in the Alabama schools, evidenced by tours in the Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Huntsville and greater-Atlanta regions. In Spring 2020 Dr. Molina will make his sixth trip to Havana, Cuba under the auspices of the College of Arts and Science’s Alabama in Cuba Initiative. He gave a master class at the Instituto Superior de Arte, the Cuban national conservatory. As an extension of this work, Dr. Molina will be releasing his first solo album in 2020, entitled Cuba, Alabama; this album will be work that Molina found in Cuba during his many visits, including works by Andres Alén, Javier Zalba, Paquito D’Rivera, and Leo Brouwer. In addition to his Alabama teaching duties, Dr. Molina will enter his seventh season as Clarinet Mentor at the Hot Springs Music Festival, Hot Springs, Arkansas in 2020.
Dr. Molina holds degrees from Michigan State University (DMA), Yale School of Music (MM), and Rutgers University (BM), where he studied with Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, David Shifrin, Charles Neidich, Ayako Oshima and Dr. William Berz.
Osiris Molina is a Gonzalez and Selmer Paris Artist.