Clarinetist Jo-Ann Sternberg leads a diverse musical life in the New York area as a chamber musician, orchestral player, interpreter of new music, and music educator. A member of the Borealis Wind Quintet, Sequitur Ensemble, Saratoga Chamber Players, Wind Soloists of New York, Richardson Chamber Players, and Riverside Symphony, and principal clarinet of the orchestras of the Oratorio Society of NY, the NY Choral Society, and St. John the Divine, she also regularly performs and tours with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, Mark Morris Dance, the American Symphony, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and Musicians from Marlboro, and she can often be heard playing in Broadway musicals.
Following her undergraduate years in the combined Tufts University/New England Conservatory dual degree program (BA in English/BM in Clarinet Performance), where she was mentored by Peter Hadcock, Ms. Sternberg continued her studies at Yale University with David Shifrin and at the Juilliard School with Charles Neidich, where she was awarded the William Kappell Memorial Award. Currently, Ms. Sternberg serves on the faculties of the Music Performance Program of Princeton University, the Music Advancement Program at the Juilliard School, and Manhattan School of Music Precollege, and she maintains an active teaching studio from her New York City home. Additionally, she serves as a mentor for the Juilliard mentoring program and coaches chamber ensembles for the New York Youth Symphony.
In the summer months, Ms. Sternberg lives in Maine, where she is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Maine Chamber Music Seminar at Snow Pond; performs and teaches at the Chamber Music Conference & Composers’ Forum of the East at Bennington College; and participates in performance residences throughout greater New England. Previous summers have featured performance residencies at the Portland Chamber Music Festival, Salt Bay Chamber Fest, Mount Desert Chamber Music Festival, Sebago/Long Lake Festival, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Marlboro, Norfolk, North Country Chamber Players, and Ravinia.
Ms. Sternberg is a Selmer Artist.
Precollege Faculty since 2019.