Rose Sperrazza

Teaching Through Performance

Dr. Rose Sperrazza maintains an active schedule as a performer and teacher. She is a tenured Associate Professor of Music at Northeastern Illinois where she regularly appears as a soloist and chamber musician. Prior to coming to NEIU, Sperrazza taught for over a decade at Harper College and has been on the faculties of University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Akron University as a teaching assistant.

Her local performing credits include work with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Light Opera Works, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra, New Philharmonic Orchestra, CUBE ensemble, and the Madison Symphony Orchestra. She is also on the Vandoren Artist Roster.

In 2007, Dr. Sperrazza founded the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble as an in-residence professional and community ensemble at NEIU. Together with notable guest artists including Larry Combs, John Yeh, Anthony McGill, Michael Lowenstern, Stanley Drucker, Elsa Ludwig-Verdehr, Charlene Zimmerman, Eric Mandat, and Jorge Montilla, Sperrazza has provided mentoring opportunities, workshops, educational competitions, newly-commissioned repertoire, and symposiums for aspiring clarinetists throughout the United States.

Sperrazza spent eleven years as a student of William R. Gasbarro, and later, after moving from her hometown of West Pittston, Pennsylvania, studied with Larry Combs, David Bell, and Dr. Linda Bartley.

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