Michael Bednarsky is an accomplished Music Education student at The Ohio State University. He studies clarinet with Dr. Caroline Hartig, and also has substantial experience with saxophone and piano. Michael is the Associate Conductor of The Buckeye Philharmonic Orchestra and plays clarinet in The Ohio State University Wind Symphony.
In November 2014, Michael performed in a masterclass with world-renowned clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. He has served as a chaperone for the High School and Middle School honor bands at The Ohio State University, and has also served as a camp counselor at the School of Music’s Clarinet Academy, where he was responsible for logistical operations and small-group/individual performance instruction. He has worked as a woodwind instructor for marching bands at Bishop Watterson, Clark-Shawnee, and Brecksville-Broadview Heights high schools.
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.
Michael heavily participated in several activities in his high school’s music department. He was principal 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.