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A New York native now based in Montreal, Christine Hoerning is an accomplished clarinetist, director, teacher, and creator across a multitude of genres. She is currently serving as the visiting professor of clarinet at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.
An active freelancer with a classical background, Christine fills clarinet positions in orchestras throughout New York and Quebec, including principal clarinet of l’orchestre philharmonique de musiciens de Montreal, and second clarinet with l’orchestre symphonique de musiciens du monde. She has also filled auxiliary positions with the Kingston Symphony and the Orchestra of Northern New York.
As founder and artistic director of the interdisciplinary collective Verisimo, Christine has curated over 20 performances throughout North America which showcased classical and contemporary chamber music performed in synchronicity with original films. In 2019, Verisimo launched a new concert series entitled Filmprov which screens original and repurposed silent films accompanied by a live improvisatory soundtrack.
Her passion and enthusiasm for new music has led to collaboration with creative minds and seeking out non-traditional performance spaces and opportunities. She has worked frequently with creator Andre Pappathomas and his ensemble Mruta Mertsi in numerous installations focusing on creation and improvisation. A particular highlight was her role in the premiere of Slideshow, an opera by composer Rachel Burman which allowed for the exploration of sound, music, and movement. She is a featured soloist on the album “Voyages”, a collection of works by Swedish composer Jonathan Ostlund released in 2019 under the Divine Record label. Jonathan Ostlund composed a series of chamber pieces including a collection of clarinet duets which will be released on his new album Minstral in 2021.
No true New York musician would be complete without their musical theatre credits and Christine is no exception. An accomplished doubler on flute, saxophones, and double reeds from a young age; her musical theatre credits include
Kiss Me Kate Fiddler on the Roof A Chorus Line Into The Woods
110 in the Shade West Side Story The Wiz The Wizard of Oz
Seussical the Musical Anything Goes Annie Oliver
Evita 42nd Street Pippin Cinderella