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Dr. Charlotte Kies
Adjunct Instructor
Performing Arts - Music
D.M.A., University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Charlotte Kies, D.M.A., is an international award-winning clarinetist currently residing in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is an Ishimori Artist and a member of the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra. Currently, Dr. Kies holds the positions of Adjunct Professor of Clarinet and Music Theory at the Lee University School of Music in Cleveland, Tennessee, and Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.

In 2017, Dr. Kies was named the second-prize winner of the International Clarinet Association’s Orchestral Audition Competition. Appointed by Maestro J. Lynn Thompson, Dr. Kies has been a member of the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra since 2017. In recent years, she has performed regularly with the Chattanooga and Huntsville Symphony Orchestras, while she formerly held the position of Second Clarinet with the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Kies has been a returning guest on several chamber series, including our local Scenic City Chamber Society, as well as the Block Island Summer Concert Series. She has performed as a guest artist at the University of New Hampshire, and has given master classes at schools and universities across the southeast and midwestern states.

Dr. Kies is deeply passionate about her students’ education. In pursuit of a more perfect curriculum, she authored a clarinet method book in 2017 for undergraduate clarinet students. At the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music she designed and taught a rigorous, four-semester technique course for students pursuing degrees in clarinet performance. She has hosted several workshops, including the Cincinnati Clarinet Consortium’s MiniFest, the Lee University ClarinetFest, and the Kies Clarinet Academy.

Dr. Kies received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Master of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Her primary teachers were James Campbell, Michael Rusinek, Jonathan Gunn, and Ben Freimuth.