Miss Janey Martinsen is is deeply devoted to each and every student she works with and to her personal musicianship as a clarinetist. Prior to her work at Hollidaysburg, she served as the Band Director at Saint Martin de Porres Academy, an inner-city school for underserved boys and girls in New Haven, Connecticut. At SMPA, Ms. Martinsen directed three bands, a small concert choir, and conducted group lessons. Prior to working at SMPA, Ms. Martinsen was the Graduate Teaching Assistant at Penn State University, where she earned a Master’s in Clarinet Performance. Her duties at Penn State included weekly lessons for music minors and non music majors, coordinating and instructing Clarinet Methods, assisting with studio duties, and working in the Public Relations Department.
At Penn State, Ms. Martinsen also served as one of three Classical Music Ambassadors, where she worked to bring Classical Music to unconventional settings around the Penn State Campus. She worked with a variety of professional performing artists including Eighth Blackbird, Time for Three, and accomplished composer, Sebastian Currier.
With a passion for private teaching, Ms. Martinsen has also maintained a clarinet studio over the years, ranging from ages 9 to 65. Her students have had great success in PMEA District, Region, and All-State ensemble festivals, The Triolo Competition, Penn State Honors Music Institute, the Tanglewood Music Festival, and Walnut Hill High School for the Arts. She has also given masterclasses throughout the area for high school clarinetists.
Ms. Martinsen is an avid solo, chamber, and ensemble clarinetist, with a special interest in E-flat clarinet. While at Penn State, Ms. Martinsen was a member of the Philharmonic and Chamber Orchestras, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, The Penn State Blue Band, and Quintessential, the Graduate Woodwind Quintet. She has also performed with the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, The Kent Singers, and the Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra. She has performed in prestigious venues including The Kimmel Center, The Strathmore Music Center, Alice Tulley Hall at Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. She has performed for several internationally renowned clarinetists including Larry Guy, David Shifrin, and Principal Clarinet of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Wenzel Fuchs. Ms. Martinsen has also programmed and performed numerous solo and chamber recitals throughout her career.
In 2014, Ms. Martinsen was selected to perform Francis Poulenc’s Romanza (from Poulenc’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano) at Penn State’s annual Mosiacconcert. Earlier in 2014, Ms. Martinsen and her colleagues of Quintessential took second place in the Penn State Graduate Exhibition with their performance of Carl Nielsen’s Quintet Op. 22. She is also a 2014 winner of the Graduate Woodwind Jury Recognition Award. Ms. Martinsen is a co-winner of the Marjorie Jane Brewster Scholarship. She is a 2012 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Music Education and a certificate in Clarinet Performance. She has studied with Professor Smith Toulson and Dr. Anthony Costa. She is a member of the International Clarinet Association, Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and the National Association for Music Education. Aside from her musical life, Ms. Martinsen enjoys exercising, cooking, reading, travel, and spending time with her friends and family.
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