Michael Bednarsky is an accomplished student in clarinet, saxophone, and piano. He studies at The Ohio State University and plays clarinet with The Ohio State University Symphonic Band (Dr. Scott Jones, conductor) and the Buckeye Philharmonic Orchestra (Jaman Dunn, conductor). Michael is the recipient of the John Phillip Sousa Band Award, the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, and the Brecksville Kiwanis Foundation Scholarship. At Ohio State, he is a Morrill Scholar and is a part of the Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship Scholars program.
Michael has been studying and practicing music since he was 5 years old, when he started taking piano lessons from Mary Jane Huskonen. He has also studied piano with Audrey White and Henry Orazi. He has studied clarinet and alto saxophone with Joe Bosoty.
Michael heavily participated in several activities in his high school’s music department. He was principle clarinet in the Wind Ensemble (the highest level ensemble) since his Freshmen year and lead alto saxophone in the Jazz Ensemble. He served as drum major of the marching band, and was responsible for several administrative duties and for conducting the band during rehearsals and performances. He rehearsed and conducted a woodwind choir which performed several Christmas tunes at local nursing homes and The Cleveland Clinic. He was also active in orchestra, pit orchestra, and the show choir. Michael was President of his chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society and was a member of the National Honor Society and the Youth Leadership Association.
Michael has played clarinet in The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, Ohio Music Educators Association All-State Band, the Macy’s Great American Marching Band, the Ohio State University Honor Band, and the Brecksville Little Theatre Pit Orchestra for the 2011 production of The Music Man. He has also participated in the OMEA Solo & Ensemble events and The Cleveland Orchestra’s Gordon Square residency performances.
In 2012, he toured with The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra to three major cities: Prague, Vienna, and Salzburg. He has performed concerts in globally recognized concert halls such as the Mozarteum and Rudolfinum. As a member of COYO, he has had the opportunity to work with members and guest conductors of The Cleveland Orchestra, including clarinetists Franklin Cohen, Daniel Mckelway, Robert Woolfrey, and Linnea Nereim, and conductors Franz Welser-Möst, James Feddeck, Brett Mitchell, Kevin Noe, Marin Alsop, Giancarlo Guerrero, Raphael Jimenez, and Carl Topilow.