Frank Sidorfsky, clarinetist, received a B.M.E. degree from Emporia (Kansas) State University, and M.M. and D.M.A degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. He also spent four years in Navy Music, which included an eighteen-month tour in the Mediterranean. Dr. Sidorfsky's teaching experience includes being a woodwind specialist in the public schools of Flint, Michigan, teaching woodwinds at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and teaching woodwinds at Kansas State University since 1965. His clarinet background includes private study from the late Leopold Liegl, formerly with the Minneapolis Symphony, Anthony Gigliotti, formerly solo clarinetist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the late Robert Marcellus, formerly solo clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra, and Stanley Hasty of the Eastman School of Music.
Dr. Sidorfsky has played with the Pensacola (Florida) Symphony, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Flint (Michigan) Symphony, L'Ecole Monteux Symphony Orchestra, and the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra. For ten summers, he has been on the faculty at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, as a flute, clarinet, and saxophone teacher and performer. He has had his band accompaniment of Lefebvre's "Fantaisie-Caprice" published by Thompson Editions.
Since 1986, Dr. Sidorfsky has taken special interest in the basset horn, a rare tenor-voiced member of the clarinet family, and has performed on it in thirteen different states and in Victoria, B.C. Canada. During the 1998-99 academic year, he is scheduled to do basset horn programs at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, and at Kansas University; other basset horn programs are pending.
Currently, in addition to his teaching duties, he gives clinics and workshops, annual clarinet recitals, and has participated in music festivals such as the Oklahoma University Clarinet Symposium, the Sunflower Music Festival in Topeka, KS and the International Clarinet Convention (ClarinetFest '97) in Lubbock, Texas. He also plays bass clarinet in the Topeka Symphony.