Michael E. Cyzewski

The Kathryn Powell and Green Flavie Cooper Chair

Since joining the North Carolina Symphony in 1973, clarinetist Michael Cyzewski has been invited to perform as soloist with the orchestra on three separate occasions.

Prior to joining the Symphony, he was a member of U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own) where he also served as soloist. Previous orchestral experience includes the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra and the Arlington Symphony. He received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Temple University, where he studied with Joseph Gigliotti, and his master’s degree in music from Catholic University, where his principal teacher was Anthony Gigliotti.

An active teacher and clinician, Cyzewski has served on the faculties of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, East Carolina University, the North Carolina Governor’s School, and the Interlochen Arts Academy. Presently he serves on the faculty of St. Augustine’s College and is the woodwind coach for the Triangle Youth Philharmonic and Youth Symphony.

Cyzewski can be found performing regularly in the Triangle with his wife, soprano Judith Bruno, and as a member of woodwind quintet “Symphony Winds” (of which he is co-founder) and the Mallarme Chamber Players. Recently he has commissioned a clarinet concerto from North Carolina composer Terry Mizesko and continues his musical pursuits with annual collaborations with Donald Montanaro of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Curtis Institute.