Leslie Gerbasi Schroerlucke has enjoyed a successful career both as a clarinetist and educator. As a student of the late Stanly 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 Masters degree in Clarinet Performance at Florida State University. She served as Clarinetist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida under the direction of English conductor James Judd, where she also 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.
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. Leslie is currently a performer and board member of the Orange County Clarinet Choir with most recent performances at the International Clarinetfest 2016 in Lawrence, Kansas and in Assisi, Italy in 2013.
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 the Kennedy Center at the John Philip Sousa Festival in 2015 and at the Percy Grainger Festival at Chicago Symphony Hall in 2011. While serving as Chair of Chaparral’s Fine Arts Department, she was instrumental both in the school’s recognition by the state of California as an exemplary arts program and in receiving NAMM’s SupportMusic Merit Award for Chaparral’s music programs in 2015 and 2016.
Schroerlucke has held the Principal Clarinet position with the Orange County Symphony since 2011 under Conductor David Rentz and is excited to continue her involvement as Principal Clarinet with the Orchestra Collective of Orange County.