Hawley to leave Cincinnati Symphony for Rice University

Posted on: November 3, 2010

In Tuesday’s (11/2) Cincinnati Enquirer, Janelle Gelfand writes, “Richie Hawley, principal clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra since 1994, confirmed Monday night that he will leave his Cincinnati position to become professor of clarinet at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston. Hawley will be joining the Rice faculty next fall. The school announced his hiring earlier Monday. Hawley will also resign his post at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, where he heads the clarinet department. Under his leadership, the CCM program has emerged as become one of the most outstanding in the country. … Hawley will remain in both positions until the end of the 2010-11 season. He said the CSO would likely wait until a new music director is selected to replace Paavo Järvi, who is also leaving after the current season, before a new principal clarinet is picked. Hawley is a symphony star. His velvety, sonorous sound is regularly heard in orchestral solos in Music Hall and in the orchestra’s recordings. The Los Angeles native was appointed principal clarinet of the CSO in 1994 at the age of 23, only two years after graduating from the Curtis Institute of Music.”

Posted November 3, 2010