Doris Hall-Gulati, Clarinet

Doris Hall-Gulati, Clarinet

Miles Morgan Chair 

After being awarded First Prize in the Louise D. McMahon International Music Competition,Doris gave her New York City debut, performing the world premiere of John Carbon’s “Rhapsody for Clarinet and Orchestra,” at Avery Fischer Hall, Lincoln Center, with Gerard Schwarz and the New York Chamber Symphony. About the performance, Allan Kozinn of The New York Times wrote, “… a demandingly agile clarinet line, played with both virtuosity and nuance by Doris J. Hall-Gulati, wove its way through a variegated orchestra fabric.” Ms. Hall-Gulati made her Carnegie (Weill) Hall debut playing with the Alaria Chamber Ensemble, and her Merkin Hall debut, premiering Thea Musgrave’s “Ring Out Wild Bells,” with the Philadelphia Trio.

Doris can be heard on the MMC, Naxos and New World record labels. About the recent Naxos recording of Hansen’s “Nymphs and Satyr Ballet Suite,” Paul Cook of, was moved to say, “I was particularly taken (by) Doris Hall-Gulati on the clarinet.” A new recording of clarinet and bass clarinet works was released in September 2017, and in the past year she has recorded several new works with groups and composers such as The Crossing, Lyric Fest, John Carbon and Simon Andrews.

An advocate for new music, Doris has performed in music festivals and on multiple Series as soloist and chamber musician throughout the world. Doris is a member of the Fulbright-Hays awarded ensemble Trio Clavino, performing throughout the US, Europe and Asia. This year the Trio signed a contract with the China Conservatory of Beijing to premiere new works for two weeks every June, for the next three years. Doris also performs annually with Beyond Ourselves, a group of chamber musicians who performs to help raise monies for MCC (Mennonite Central Committee) peace-keeping efforts around the world. In 2018, this four-member ensemble plus guests will be raising funds for the MCC post-hurricane efforts in Puerto Rico.

Doris earned her Bachelor’s degree from The Peabody Conservatory of Music, and she received a Masters in Music studying on a graduate fellowship from the University of Michigan. Doris is a Phi Kappa Lambda. Her principal instructors have been Ignatius Gennusa, Loren Kitt, and Fred Ormand. She was introduced to chamber music by Karen Tuttle, whom Doris greatly admired.

In addition to her position as Principal Clarinet in The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Doris is also Bass Clarinetist of Opera Philadelphia, and for ten years served as Principal Clarinetist of the Berkshire Opera Festival and The New Jersey Opera Festival. In 2011, Doris became an Artist-in-Residence at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and is happy to have joined the faculty of the Lancaster Bible College in 2015.

Doris and her husband Andy are active in the Catastrophic Relief Alliance. This is a grass roots organization composed of college students and local craftspeople whose mission is to help those in need.  CRA strives to provide support by rebuilding homes affected by natural disasters.  Their next trips are in January to Oklahoma City and Houston in March of 2018.