David Yandl

Clarinetist David Yandl brings a unique sensitivity to the standard repertoire and contemporary works. Active as a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician, he has performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Symphony Center, and at festivals in the U.S. and Europe.

Recent highlights include Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the New York Symphonic Arts Ensemble and chamber music performances at the Aurora Chamber Music Festival in Vänersborg, Sweden. David was a semifinalist in the 2006 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and his performances have been broadcast on WFMT 98.7 (Chicago). 

As an orchestral musician, David performs frequently with the Toledo, Grand Rapids, and West Michigan Symphonies and was an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. He has also performed with the Boise Philharmonic, Concertante di Chicago, Jackson Symphony, Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, and The West Point Band.

An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, David performs recital, orchestral, and musical theatre repertoire on a range of woodwinds. During an eight-week run as woodwind soloist in Laurence Mark Wythe's "Tomorrow Morning The Musical," the show was named "Critic's Pick" by the Chicago Tribune. He regularly performs in theatrical productions at the International Festival of the Voice in New York alongside veterans of the Metropolitan Opera and Broadway stages.

In demand as an educator, David is currently Head of Winds, Brass, and Percussion at Hope College, and teaches clarinet and woodwind pedagogy at Alma College. Past appointments include faculty positions at DePaul University, Michigan State University, and Cornerstone University. A passionate advocate for music as an agent of social change, David has taught in tuition-free programs for underserved urban youth in Chicago including Project S.O.A.R. and El Sistema-affiliate Y.O.U.R.S.

David holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from DePaul University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Michigan State University. He completed additional studies at Universidad Alfonso X El Sabio in Madrid, Spain. Important teachers and mentors include Larry Combs, Julie DeRoche, Yehuda Gilad, Theodore Oien, and John Bruce Yeh.