Paul R. Demers has been a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 2006. Prior to his appointment, he was a member of “The President’s Own” Marine Band in Washington, D.C., where he performed as soloist, E-flat clarinetist and a member of the clarinet section.
As a chamber musician, Demers has performed at numerous music festivals, including the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival, the Kingston Chamber Music Festival and the Bravo! Vail Chamber Music Series. In Philadelphia he performs regularly with the Dolce Suono Ensemble and the Network for New Music. He currently serves on the faculty of Boyer College of Music at Temple University. During the summer months he teaches at Curtis Summerfest and the New York State School of Orchestral Studies.
Originally from Westbrook, Maine, Demers attended the University of Southern Maine. He continued his studies at DePaul University in Chicago, where he earned bachelor and master of music degrees and a certificate in performance. His primary teachers were John Bruce Yeh and Larry Combs.
Biography courtesy of The Philadelphia Orchestra
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