Photographer: Michelle Hassel

Photographer: Michelle Hassel

David Cook is Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Millikin University and Principal Clarinet of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra. He is also clarinetist for the Appian Duo (with Emily Grabinski, piano) and the Greyline Duo (with Alexandra Rodriguez, flute). Previously the E-flat Clarinet/Fourth Clarinet of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the Bass Clarinet/Third Clarinet of the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra, David has also performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Norman Philharmonic, the Texas Music Festival Orchestra, and the Comic Opera Guild (Ann Arbor, MI). As a chamber musician, David has performed at Chamber Music Campania (Varano, Italy), with the Lieurance Woodwind Quintet, the wind quintet Fiati Five, the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble (Oklahoma City, OK), the From the Edge Chamber Music Series (Norman, OK), and the Kemp Concert Series (Oklahoma City, OK). An advocate for contemporary music, David has commissioned and premiered new works from composers such as David Maslanka, Pierre Jalbert, David Biedenbender, Whitney E. George, Cody W. Forrest, Cody Criswell, and Garrett Gillingham.

David was a winner of the 2015 Oklahoma Community Orchestra Young Artist Competition, the 2010 Betty J. Hixon Saxophone/Clarinet Award, and the 2010 Dora Dawson Music Award. He also received honors in the University of Oklahoma Concerto Competition, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition, and the White Lake Chamber Music Festival Solo Competition. David’s recent and upcoming performances include the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest, the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors conference, the Clarinet Colloquium at Texas A&M University-Commerce, the KNOB New Music Festival, and recitals across the United States. Current and future publications include articles in the NACWPI Journal, The Clarinet, and The Instrumentalist.

Prior to joining the faculty at Millikin University, David was Instructor of Clarinet at Wichita State University and Instructor of Music Theory at the University of Oklahoma. He also teaches as a member of the clarinet faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and previously served as Clarinet Mentor for the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra and taught at Central Michigan University’s Summer Music Camp.

David holds Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Central Michigan University, Master of Music degrees in clarinet performance and chamber music from the University of Michigan, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance and the Master of Music degree in music theory from the University of Oklahoma. David’s principal teachers include Suzanne Tirk, Chad Burrow, Theodore Oien, and Kennen White.



Doctor of Musical Arts in Clarinet Performance - University of Oklahoma
Document: "A Schenkerian-Schoenbergian Analysis of David Maslanka's Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble and Implications for Performance"
Master of Music in Music Theory  - University of Oklahoma
Thesis: "Formal Delineation via Modes of Limited Transposition in Ida Gotkovsky's Sonata for Solo Clarinet"
Master of Music in Clarinet Performance - University of Michigan
Master of Music in Chamber Music - University of Michigan
Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance - Central Michigan University
Bachelor of Music Education - Central Michigan University