Clarinet Performance

Dr. Lesser has been a performing clarinetist for over thirty years, studying with professionals including Frank Mazzeo, Anthony Pasquale, and Loren Kitt. Dr. Lesser has performed as Principal Clarinet and E-flat Clarinetist with ensembles including the Rutgers University Wind Ensemble, Rutgers University Symphony Orchestra, The University of Maryland Wind Ensemble, University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony in C (formerly the Haddonfield Symphony), and the South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble.

He made his Carnegie Hall debut performing with the National University Wind Ensemble in 2002, and has performed in venues including The Kimmel Center and New York’s Town Hall and abroad in Puerto Rico and Aruba. He has worked with artists such as Osmo Vanska, Faith Esham, H. Robert Reynolds, Eugene Corporon, and Ray Charles, among many others.

Dr. Lesser currently serves as Principal Clarinetist with the Philadelphia Wind Symphony, a volunteer organization dedicated to performing wind band music throughout the Greater Philadelphia area. For more information, please visit

Below is a selection of performances by Dr. Lesser; click on the titles to hear the recordings.

Conundrums for Unaccompanied Clarinet
Composed by Brian Kersher

Starfall Dances for Clarinet and Marimba
Composed by Frank Wiley
Julie Istre, Marimba

Three Preludes for Clarinet and Piano
Composed by George Gershwin
Kristina Lobenhofer, Piano

Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Band
Composed by Martin Ellerby
Performed by the Philadelphia Wind Symphony
Kraig Alan Williams, Conductor

Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon
Composed by Francis Poulenc
Christie Riso, Bassoon