Clarinetist Richard MacDowell has taught and performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad. Currently he is on the faculty at Mansfield State University in Mansfield, PA and Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He is an active soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and clinician.
As an orchestral musician he has performed as principal clarinet in the Dominican Republic, the Northwood Orchestra in Harbor Springs, Michigan, the Killington Music Festival in Vermont, the Kapalua Festival in Maui, Hawaii, the Bayview Festival, Monadnock Festival.
An active pedagogue and clinician he was Co-Director of the ICA ClarinetFest in Austin, Texas in 2010. In the same year he attended the 2010 China Clarinet Festival in Naning, China. He is a frequent clinician and performer in the International Clarinet Association annual festival, as well as the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium. Since his retirement from the University of Texas, Austin he has given a presentation on reed making and adjustment at the Clarinetfest in Baton Rouge Louisiana. In February 2016 he will be giving a presentation and recital at the Single Reed Summit at Penn State University.
MacDowell has been on the faculty of the Banff Festival in Alberta, Canada, the Opera Orchestra in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, the Paros Festival in Paros, Greece, Principal Clarinet in the Glimmerglass Opera, principal in the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra and the Claremont Festival, Claremont, California.
His students hold positions in premier bands and colleges and universities throughout the United States including The Coast Guard Band, The President's Own Marine Band, the Navy Band, and Texas State at San Marcos, Youngstown State, Western Carolina University, Pittsburgh State Kansas, and Wichita State University among others.
His study and degrees are from the Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory, Northwestern University, and Florida State University. He has studied clarinet with Robert Marcellus, Stanly Hasty, Leon Russianoff, and Fred Ormand. He is one of the strongest pedagogues in the Marcellus and Hasty traditions. He is recently retired from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was the clarinet professor for 21 years. Before Texas, he taught at the Interlochen Arts Academy at Interlochen, Michigan. Locally, he has been the sabbatical replacement for both clarinet professors at Ithaca College.