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Lift Clarinet Academy artistic directors, and teaching performance faculty Wesley Ferreira and Jana Starling host guest Wonkak Kim in 2019. 


Wesley Ferreira
Colorado State University
Artistic Director & Faculty

Jana Starling
Western University
Artistic Director & Faculty

Wonkak Kim
University of Oregon
2019 Guest Artist Faculty

Wesley Ferreira has been praised by critics for his “beautiful tone” and “technical prowess” (The Clarinet Journal) as well as his “remarkable sensitivity” (CAML Review) and Fanfare Magazine notes, Ferreira is “clearly a major talent.” Ferreira’s recent performances have taken him to Portugal, Canada, China, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, and Spain. Upcoming engagements include performances in Poland. Born in Canada to parents of Portuguese heritage, he received his musical training at the University of Western Ontario (B.M) and Arizona State University (M.M and D.M.A) studying with Robert Riseling and Robert Spring, respectively. He joined the music faculty at Colorado State University in 2011 as Assistant Professor where he maintains a thriving clarinet studio. Ferreira is a dedicated music educator and pedagogue. Passionate about teaching, he mentors students towards the achievement of their career goals, with emphasis placed on striving for professional and personal growth. His innovative teaching methods are acclaimed, including the development of the breath support training program for musicians, Air Revelation®. Ferreira is frequently invited to give performances, workshops, and masterclasses at high schools, colleges and universities throughout North America. In addition, he has been invited to perform at national and international academic conferences including the International Clarinet Association’s annual ClarinetFest eight times (2009 - 2016). Ferreira’s industry endorsements include positions on the Performing Artist rosters of Selmer Paris where he performs exclusively on the new Privilege clarinets, and with D’Addario, performing on the Reserve model mouthpiece and reeds. To learn more about Wesley Ferreira, please visit his website:

Canadian Jana Starling has recently joined the music faculty at Western University in London, Ontario. She previously taught at Arizona State University, Mount Allison University, and Brandon University. Her debut CD Inflection earned a 2007 East Coast Music Award nomination in Canada for Classical Recording of the Year and hailed a "true listening pleasure" in the Clarinet magazine (March 2008). Ms. Starling is an active commissioner and performer of contemporary works, and has performed at the International ClarinetFest (2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011). She has performed with the Arizona Opera company, Phoenix Symphony, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, and at the Belgian Clarinet Acadmy. Ms. Starling has degress in Music Education and Performance from Brandon University, and graduate degrees from Arizona State Univesity. Her primary tachers have been Ron Goddard and Robert Spring. Her diverse teaching career has led her to the wilds of Paraguay, South American where she spent two years teaching woodwinds and instrumental ensembles. She has been a guest artist/clinician at the Belgian Clarinet Academy in 2008, and today as an educator, she is active throughout Canada and the US. Currently, Ms. Starling is working on a CD of new clarinet duos with clarinetists Robert Spring and plays Eb clarinet in the recently formed Ironwood Trio. Her second solo CD, Mythos has been released by Potenza Music in the summer of 2011. Visit for more information. 

Korean-born clarinetist Wonkak Kim has captivated audiences around the world with his “excellent breath control” (The Washington Post) and “exuberant musicianship” (Fanfare). Kim appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at major venues throughout the United States such as Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and Constitution Hall as well as in Paris, London, Madrid, Ghent, Geneva, Seoul, Osaka, Costa Rica, and Brazil. A Naxos Recording Artist, he has garnered international acclaim through his extensive discography. Kim’s live and recorded performances have been featured on Radio France, BBC Radio 3, Swedish Radio, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, CJPX Radio Classique Québec, Hong Kong RTHK-HK, Korean Broadcasting System, and NPR stations around the US. Kim is Buffet Crampon, Silverstein, and Vandoren Performing Artist and plays exclusively on Buffet Tosca Clarinet and Vandoren products. Kim joined the music faculty at the University of Oregon School of Music as Assistant Professor of Clarinet in 2017. Prior to his appointment at UO, Kim served as Associate Professor of Clarinet at Tennessee Tech University (2012-2017). A native of South Korea, Dr. Wonkak Kim grew up in Seoul and Paris and moved to the United States at the age of 15. The same year, he began studying clarinet with Kenneth Lee, a disciple of the legendary pedagogue Leon Russianoff. Kim subsequently attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a distinguished scholarship, where he studied clarinet with Donald Oehler and received degrees in Mathematics (BA) and Music (BM). He continued his graduate studies with Dr. Frank Kowalsky, earning MM and DM degrees at Florida State University. To learn more about Wonkak Kim, please visit his website: