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The Gertrude Richardson Memorial Chair



Marci Gurnow

The Tom & Kathy Licar Chair

Marci Gurnow has been the second clarinetist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since September 2016. She came to Atlanta after a season as the acting second clarinet with the Detroit Symphony and prior to that she was the second and bass clarinetist with the Jacksonville Symphony. She has performed as a guest with other major orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, and Dallas Symphony. In addition, she spends her summers as second clarinet with the Bellingham Festival Orchestra and clarinet/ bass clarinet with the Grand Teton Music Festival. 


She has participated in numerous other music festivals including the Bravo! Vail Festival, Highlands Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival. Marci is also a founding member of the International Chamber Artists based in Chicago, where she recently performed on a Live from WFMT broadcast. Marci earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Methodist University and her Master of Music degree from Northwestern University.


Although music is the main focus of her life, Marci also enjoys a balance of other challenges. An avid runner, she has run eight marathons including the Boston Marathon and has completed Ironman Arizona, a 140.6 mile triathlon. She also enjoys rock climbing, yoga, hiking, watching baseball and is a Buffet Crampon USA performing artist.

    "Music is my escape from reality.  It helps one express what cannot be said in words."

Marci Gurnow, clarinet

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