Associate Professor of Music (Clarinet)
Dr. Suzanne Tirk is Associate Professor of Clarinet at the University of Oklahoma, a member of the Oklahoma Wind Quintet, and the former Director of the OU Clarinet Symposium. A dynamic performer and teacher, Dr. Tirk has established a national and international reputation with numerous performance and masterclass presentations throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Kazakhstan, China, Panama, and Great Britain. She has served as principal clarinet with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Norman Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed with the Classical Music Festival Orchestra in Austria and Hungary. Dr. Tirk has been a guest recitalist at several International Clarinet Association ClarinetFests®, the Midwest ClariFest, the Southern Mississippi University Clarinet Symposium, the Potsdam Clarinet Summit, the OU Clarinet Symposium, and the Xi'an, China International Clarinet and Saxophone Festival.
Dr. Tirk has served on the faculties of the Interharmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy, Wichita State University, and Bemidji State University. During her tenure at Wichita State University, she received the College of Fine Arts Excellence in Teaching Award and performed with the ensemble in residence, Lieurance Woodwind Quintet. She can be heard on the most recent recording of the Lieurance Quintet, Music from the Americas, released by Summit Records in 2011.
Dr. Tirk is active in several professional organizations including the International Clarinet Association, the College Music Society, the National Association for Music Education, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, and Phi Kappa Phi. Dr. Tirk was written an article for The Instrumentalist magazine on clarinet fundamentals, and has presented clinics for the Midwest Clinic: An International Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Montana Music Educators Association, the Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference, the Kansas Music Educators Association, the Kansas Bandmasters Association, the Senseney Music Total Band Director Workshop, and the Wichita Metropolitan Music Teacher's Association.
Dr. Tirk holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University (WI), and a Master of Music degree and Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University. Her teachers have included Elsa Ludewig Verdehr, Charles Neidich, Theodore Oien, Colin Lawson, Fan Lei, and Richard Faria.