Leslie Gerbasi Schroerlucke has enjoyed a successful career both as a clarinetist and educator. As a student of the late Stanley Hasty, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Clarinet and the Performer’s Certificate at the Eastman School of Music. She has studied with many other prominent clarinetists including Mitchell Lurie at USC, Canadian clarinetist James Campbell, Frank Kowalsky at Florida State, and the late Peter Hadcock of the Boston Symphony. Leslie received a Master’s degree in Clarinet Performance at Florida State University. As Clarinetist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida under the direction of English conductor James Judd, she performed regularly with the Miami Opera, Palm Beach Opera, and was the Principal Clarinet of the Symphonia of the Americas. While in Florida, she premiered several works at Miami’s New Music Festival and served on the faculty of Florida International University, Broward Community College and the New World School of the Arts. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at UC Riverside and a woodwind coach at the Claremont Colleges. She will premiere a piece for clarinet and band in November 2019 by composer Thomas Flaherty.
Leslie has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, Moscow Ballet, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, Redlands and Long Beach Symphonies, the Spoleto Opera Festival, Festivale Sperimentale in Spoleto, Italy as well as with many artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennet, Peter Nero, Richard Stoltzman, Eddie Daniels, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and others. She has performed as a soloist, clinician, and chamber musician in Brazil, Yugoslavia, and the United Kingdom, and recently with the Assisi Chamber Players in 2019.
After moving to California in 1998, Schroerlucke pursued a K-12 music credential from Cal Poly in 2001 and a Master’s in Music Education from Boston University in 2010. Schroerlucke currently serves as one of two lead Visual and Performing Arts teachers for the Walnut Valley Unified School District. As the band director at Chaparral Middle School in Diamond Bar, California she has worked to bring quality musical experiences to her students and national recognition to the program which includes performances at Chicago Symphony Hall, Kennedy Center, Davies Hall, Segerstrom, and Carnegie Hall. While serving as Chair of Chaparral’s Fine Arts Department, she has been instrumental both in the school’s recognition by the state of California as an exemplary arts program, and in WVUSD’s recognition by NAMM as one of The Best Communities in America for Music Education.