Professor of Music, University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL
Artist's BiographyDr. Ardovino is Professor of clarinet and saxophone and chamber music at the University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL. She is clarinetist with the Lebaron Trio, the Magnolia Trio and is a founding member and alto saxophonist with the Cahaba Saxophone Quartet. She is an Artist/Clinician for the Leblanc Conn-Selmer Corporation.
Dr. Ardovino is an active performer in the Birmingham area and is called upon to play clarinet, bass clarinet and saxophone with the Alabama and Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestras, and tenor saxophone with the Joe Giattina Big Band. She is also called upon as a woodwind doubler in the Birmingham area. She is an active clinician, adjudicator, and writes CD reviews for the Clarinet, official journal of the International Clarinet Association. Dr. Ardovino has been a guest recitalist at a number of colleges and universities as well as International Conferences including the 2011 International Clarinetfest, the 2011 International Alliance of Women in Music Congress and the 2010 NACWPI Conference. Locally Dr. Ardovino has performed as a soloist with the Red Mountain Chamber Orchestra, the Pelham High School band and the University of Montevallo Wind Ensemble.
As a composer, she has had her works performed across the United States, Canada and Japan at many international festivals and conferences, including the 2010 Echizen Music Festival, Echizen, Japan, the 2011 International Clarinet Association, National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors 2010 Conference, the 2011 International Alliance of Women in Music Congress, and the 2011 and 2012 Alabama Music Educators Association. She was chosen as the Alabama Music Teachers Association Commissioned Composer for 2010, and was awarded the Escape to Create Residency in Seaside, FL, February of 2012. She is an advocate for new music and is currently a composer/performer member of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance. As part of this organization, she has premiered numerous works on both clarinet and saxophone. A CD of works for clarinet by Alabama composers was released in the spring of 2012. She is the recent recipient of the Alabama State Council for the Arts Fellowship and is the 2013-2014 University Scholar for the University of Montevallo.
Her works are published by Potenza Music, and are available through Just for Winds, www.justforwinds.com.
She is a member of many professional organizations such as the Music Teachers National Association, Birmingham Music Teachers Association, Alabama Music Educators Association, Alabama Bandmasters Association, International Clarinet Association, North American Saxophone Alliance, and International Alliance for Women in Music, National Association of Composers, USA, National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors, and ASCAP.
Dr. Ardovino received the Doctorate of Music degree in clarinet performance from the Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, where she studied and was Graduate Assistant to Ronald de Kant. She studied with the renowned Elsa Ludwig Verdehr at Michigan State University where she received the Masters degree in Clarinet Performance/Woodwind Specialists, and holds degrees in Music Education and Clarinet Performance from Moorhead State University, where she studied with Keith Lemmons and Arthur Nix. Her saxophone study has been with Rick Van Matre, CCM, James Forger and Rhonda Buckley, MSU and Keith Lemmons, MSUM. Her composition teachers include Frank Bianchi, CCM, Jere Hutchinson, Charles H. Ruggiero, MSU, and Henry Gwiazda, MSUM.
Dr. Ardovino performs on a the Leblanc Symphonie Bb and A clarinets with the Clark Fobes mouthpiece, Selmer Mark VII alto saxophone and Selmer Series II tenor saxophones using the Selmer C* S80 series mouthpieces.