Biography


Cyrus Collier has been playing the clarinet for 17 years and holds a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of Michigan School of Music. His teachers have included Burt Hara, Deborah Chodacki and Sandra Powers, and he has performed in master classes with David Shifrin, Stanley Hasty, Karl Leister, and many other renowned clarinetists.

A native of St. Paul, MN, Cyrus started playing the clarinet at age 9 and soon began playing in the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. He continued to play in GTCYS for 8 years, and performed in their tours of Eastern Europe in 1999 and China in 2001. He also spent three summers attending the Interlochen Arts Camp.

Starting in 2002 Cyrus attended the University of Michigan, where he studied with Deborah Chodacki. While at Michigan, Cyrus performed in dozens of orchestral, chamber and solo performances, and played in many musicals in the Ann Arbor area. In the summer after graduation in 2006, he was invited to attend the Henry Mancini Institute's Summer Program for Emerging Professional Musicians, where he worked and performed with some of the best and most innovative musicians in the country.

Cyrus currently lives in New York City and is a proud member of the American Federation of Musicians.