Lynda Dembowski, clarinetist, is the principal clarinetist of the United States Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, Md. A native of Waynesboro, Va., she has been serving on active duty with the USNA Band since 1999, performing in the concert, ceremonial and marching bands, as well as the chamber winds.
Ms. Dembowski won the position of principal clarinet in 2003, and became a member of the Naval Academy Band Wind Quintet in 2006. She currently serves as one of the band’s enlisted conductors.
Ms. Dembowski holds multiple degrees from James Madison University, earning a bachelor of music sducation earned in 1991 and a master of music earned in 1997. She received an artist diploma from Duquesne University in 1999.
In 2008, she was awarded a doctor of musical arts degree in clarinet performance from the University of Maryland. Her principal teachers were Dr. S. James Kurtz, Leslie Nicholas, Pat Leyden, Mark Nuccio, and Loren Kitt.
Ms. Dembowski has performed with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Westmoreland Symphony, American Sinfonietta Orchestra, and the Columbia Orchestra (Maryland). She has played with recording artists Al Jarreau, Arturo Sandoval, and Bruce Hornsby, as well as performed under the baton of Leonard Slatkin, Gunther Schuller, and Eugene Corporon.
Currently, Ms. Dembowski performs with the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra in Edgewater, Md. She is also a member of the Baltimore-based Sonora Ensemble, an eclectic clarinet quartet with percussionist. Lynda has been a member of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra since 1994. She resides in Annapolis, Md., with her husband, Paul.