Margueritte Levein


Marguerite Levin is Principal clarinetist with the Baltimore Opera Orchestra and Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Towson University. An active performer in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area, she performs regularly with the National Gallery Orchestra, Alexandria Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, and the Wolf Trap Opera Orchestra. In previous seasons, she has performed with the Kennedy Center Orchestra, the National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony and in various theater orchestras. She is a former member of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C.
She was a guest artist at Music from Gretna in June 2000 and in the summers of 1998 and 1999, she was on faculty at the Bay View Music Festival in Bay View, Michigan performing as a soloist and as a member of Quintessence Chamber Ensemble. An active chamber musician, she is a founding member of the Atlantic Winds woodwind quintet. In April 2004 she was invited to perform solo recitals with pianist, Jeffrey Chappell at the Whim Museum’s Candlelight Concert Series in Frederiksted, St. Croix.
In the summer of 1997, Levin played at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest where she premiered Desert Odyssey, a trio for clarinet, bassoon, and piano by composer Howard Buss. In 2003, she performed at the ICA’s ClarinetFest in Salt Lake City where she premiered Silhouettes, a work written for her by composer Jonathan Leshnoff of Baltimore, Maryland. Most recently, she performed at ClarinetFest 2004 which was held at the University of Maryland.
Levin was the Artistic Director for ClarinetFest 2004. This international event attracted over 950 clarinetists from around the world.
Former teaching posts include a seven year position as Lecturer at Howard University in Washington, D.C. A long-time successful teacher in Northern Virginia, Prof. Levin’s students won numerous principal positions in honor bands on the district and state levels, youth orchestras of the Washington, D.C. area, and many went on to receive notable scholarships to some of the most prestigious music schools in the United States.
She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from North Texas State University and the Master of Music degree in Performance from the Catholic University of America. She is a D.M.A. candidate at the University of Maryland.
“…the Pavane by Gabriel Faure…the luscious dark tones mixed by Baker’s clarinet…draped the piece in mystery.” – Washington Post, January 2001.
“Clarinetist Marguerite Baker…sang out in the second movement adagio with luxurious songful phrasing.” Harrisburg Patriot News, June 2000.
“…and Milhaud’s sparkling Suite …in which clarinetist Marguerite Baker added distinctively to the sparkle.” Washington Post, April, 1999.