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Christine Elizabeth Hoerning, clarinet

A New York native now based in Montreal, Christine Hoerning is an accomplished clarinetist, director, teacher, and creator across a multitude of genres.

An active freelancer with classical background, Christine fills clarinet positions in numerous 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 (Ontario) and the Orchestra of Northern New York. In 2014 she joined the orchestra at LyricArezzo in Tuscany, Italy for their “in concert” performance of Puccini’s La Boheme under the baton of Maestro Stefano Pagliano.

As founder and artistic director of the interdisciplinary collective Verisimo, Christine has curated over 20 performances throughout Quebec, Ontario, and New York, which showcased classical and contemporary chamber music performed in synchronicity with original films. Beyond the administrative duties of managing an ensemble, Christine is the filmmaker and editor behind Verisimo’s films.  Past performances have included collaborations with conductor Nicolas Ellis.  Through an exciting partnership with Emilie Fortin, Verisimo is launching a new concert series entitled Filmprov which will screen original and repurposed films accompanied by a live improvisatory soundtrack.

Her passion and enthusiasm for new music has lead to collaboration with creative minds and seeking out non-traditional performances 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 to be released in 2019 under the Divine Record label.

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

She appeared as a guest artist at the annual Clarinet Summit at the Crane School of Music in 2011.  In 2013 she was a featured alumnae in a S.U.N.Y Potsdam publication which was also featured by McGill University.

She graduated from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam in 2009 with degrees in Music Education and Performance. She graduated from McGill University with a Master Degree in Orchestral Performance in 2014. Her principal teachers include Robert Crowley, Shari Hoffman, Julianne Kirk-Doyle, & Joel Levy.

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