Walter Yee

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Boston-based musician Walter Yee is dedicated to exploring the musical landscapes of contemporary music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Quickly establishing himself as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, and administrator, Walter has had the greatest pleasure to collaborate with amazing groups in New England.

Walter is currently the Program Coordinator with the New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School overseeing their chamber music, theory and composition classes, and jazz department. As a chamber musician Walter has had the great pleasure of joining the Boston-based bass clarinet ensemble, “Improbable Beasts,” as well as collaborating with the Boston Cohort of the New Music Collage, an organization dedicated to supporting the creation and performance of new music as well as promoting underrepresented, emerging artists.

When not playing the clarinet, you can find Walter hiking a snow-covered mountain and exploring a new town for the best coffee shops.

Birthday: February 22

Schools Attended: University of Louisville and Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Instruments: Piano, Clarinet, Saxophone

Favorite music to perform: Classical Contemporary Music by underrepresented composers

Favorite Music to listen to: Lo-fi

Something most people don’t know about me: I used to live in a caboose

Hobbies/interests: Cooking, hiking, calligraphy

Born/grew up: Born in South Carolina, but Dad was in the military so we moved all around the US and abroad.  I say I am from Kentucky since that is where I’ve spent most of my adult life

Heroes: All my clarinet teachers

Practice tips: If you can act it, you play it.  If you are trying to play a phrase with more character, try acting out that character and really ingrain what it feels like and then convert that in your playing.