Stetson University

Lynn Musco

Professor of Music, Clarinet; Coordinator of Woodwind Studies; Artist and Clinician Buffet Crampon

Lynn Musco is currently celebrating twenty-five years as professor of clarinet and coordinator of woodwind studies at Stetson University, a position she has held since 1988. She received her bachelor of fine arts degree in clarinet performance in 1983 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, her master of music degree in clarinet performance from New Mexico State University in 1986 and her doctor of music degree in clarinet performance from Florida State University in 1994. Her academic duties at Stetson University include teaching applied clarinet (the studio averaging 22 students per year over the past 20 years), clarinet pedagogy, conducting the clarinet choir and coaching chamber music. Her non-academic positions within the School of Music include serving as the Interim Chair of Students, academic advising, coordinating the woodwind area, and membership on both the Dean's Faculty Steering Committee and the Promotion and Tenure Committee. Musco has recently concluded an eight year run as chair of the university's Faculty Admissions Committee. She currently serves the Stetson University community as the School of Music representative on the UUCAP committee, is a member of three different task forces dealing with various campus concerns and is a member of Stetson Academic Leaders. She also serves as the director of the Stetson University Summer Clarinet Clinic and is a member of the Florida Bandmaster's Association, Florida Music Educators National Conference, National Band Association, International Clarinet Association, Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Kappa Phi.

Musco is an active performer both on and off the Stetson University campus. She is a founding member of Tres Vientos and Veritate Winds (resident faculty ensembles at Stetson University); both have received critical acclaim here and abroad and were frequently heard on "Central Florida in Concert" on WMFE 90.7, based in Orlando. Veritate Winds has received two invitations to perform at the International Double Reed Workshops, and Tres Vientos performed the world premier of the trio entitled Tres Vientos by Sydney Hodkinson at the International Clarinet Association Convention in Lincoln, Neb. in August 2012. Musco holds the principal clarinet position in the Bach Festival Orchestra, is an educational materials recording artist for Carl Fisher, is often called to perform with Keith Brion's New Sousa Band, can frequently be seen performing with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and, when her schedule permits, The Florida Orchestra and the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with the Festival Musical de Santo Domingo under the artistic direction of Philippe Entremont for multiple seasons, and is a founding member of Southern Winds and Southern Harmonie (a professional wind ensemble and chamber ensemble which made their performance debuts in 2001 and 2003 respectively) and New Score Chamber Ensemble. She performs both solo and chamber music recitals, is an adjudicator for various musical events around the state, and maintains a private studio of ten to fifteen high school students.

Musco performs world and regional premiers of new pieces. In February 2013 she performed the Clarinet Concerto by Frank Tichelli and Mercurial Nymph, a piece written for her by Stetson University alumnus Carlos Valez celebrating her twenty-fifth year of teaching at Stetson University. In summer 2013 audiences enjoyed the Wauraira Rupano by Efrain Amaray with Musco and the New Score Chamber Ensemble. Other premiere performances include the Karel Husa Three Studies for solo clarinet, Michel Dougherty's Brooklyn Bridge, Concerto for Clarinet and Band by John Heines, Four Desert Songs for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble by David Maslanka, "Scurry" by Sydney Hodkinson and Clarinet Concertos for Clarinet and Orchestra by William Bolcum and Henri Brandt. She has been a featured soloist with the Bach Festival Orchestra, most recently performing the Aaron Copland Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra. One of the personal highlights of her performing career as solo artist was with the Vander Cook Symphonic Band at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago (December 2007), her father (Lewis Schmidt, a Vander Cook alumnus) wielding the baton. Musco is an artist/clinician for Buffet Group USA and BG Frank Bichon. She performs on the Tosca Greenline Bb and A clarinet and an R13 Eb clarinet, a Behn vintage mouthpiece, Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic reeds and the new BG DUO ligature (silver plate). She can be heard on recordings with Tres Vientos on Lakeside Records and with the American Chamber Players on Klavier records. Musco is awaiting two album releases, her first solo album of unaccompanied American clarinet pieces and a collection of pieces for solo winds and wind trios by Sydney Hodkinson, and is in the process of selecting and recording works in a holiday spirit scored for clarinet and harp. In her "spare" time Musco enjoys distance running and cycling, restoring the 1920's bungalow she calls home, gardening and reading historical fiction. She lives with her husband, Enrico, in DeLand; her son, Alexander, a musician, composer, artist and writer, lives in Chicago and graduated in June 2012 from DePaul University with the degree of bachelor of arts with a music emphasis.


  • D.M., The Florida State University
  • M.M., New Mexico State University
  • B.A., The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Course Topics

  • Applied Clarinet
  • Clarinet Choir
  • Chamber Music
  • Clarinet Pedagogy


  • Audio releases on Lakeside Records, Klavier Records and Clearnote Public

Lynn Musco

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