Andrew Grenci, clarinet
Andrew Grenci performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and large ensemble player in the USA and around the world. He recorded “Excursions,” a CD of music for bass clarinet and piano, which The Clarinet praised for “impeccable musicianship” and “remarkably beautiful tone, rich and evenly-colored, as well as smooth technique and control." In 2005, he appeared as a recitalist and panelist at the first World Bass Clarinet Convention in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He has soloed on bass clarinet and basset horn with the U.S. Coast Guard Band, and on clarinet with the Waterbury and Meriden Symphony Orchestras. As a chamber musician, he performed at International Clarinet Association conferences in Lubbock, New Orleans, and Austin, and at the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles conference in Chiayi City, Taiwan. For 24 years, Dr. Grenci held the bass clarinet chair in the U.S. Coast Guard Band. In addition, he is often heard in the clarinet sections of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, and other Connecticut ensembles.
Always championing new works for clarinet and bass clarinet, Andrew Grenci jointly commissioned and premiered “Up to no Good” for bass clarinet and wind ensemble with the U.S. Coast Guard Band in 2016, and at the invitation of the composer, Brad Baumgardner, he performed the piece at Middle Tennessee State University in 2018. Also a composer and arranger, he premiered his solo composition for bass clarinet and band, "Concerto in Rock," in July 2014. He also recently created several unique arrangements of Holiday Classics released on the album, "The Grenci Stole Christmas!"
Dr. Grenci is Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU), teaching applied clarinet lessons and coaching chamber music ensembles. Clarinet students at WCSU achieve fulfilling careers as music educators, audio engineers, and performers. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from SUNY at Stony Brook, a Master of Music from Yale, and BS in Music Education from Duquesne University.