Stacey McColley received her M.A. in Clarinet Performance from the University of California, San Diego and her B.A. from the University of South Florida. She did additional graduate work at the University of Southern California. Her teachers include William Powell, Michelle Zukovsky, Kalman Bloch, Mitchell Lurie, Keith Wilson and Noel Stevens. She was a participant in the New College Summer Music Festival for several years. She was a competition winner and soloist with the Florida West Coast Youth Orchestra.
While in California, Stacey performed regularly with the contemporary music ensemble SONOR and the La Jolla Civic Symphony, and was a winner of the La Jolla Civic Soloist Competition. She was a member of the Florida West Coast Symphony for twelve years. She is currently a member of the clarinet section of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, as well as an active freelance clarinetist throughout the state of Florida. Stacey performs regularly with the West Palm Beach Opera, the Naples Philharmonic, the Orlando Philharmonic and the Florida Orchestra. From 2002-2004 she was principal clarinet with the Tampa Bay Opera Company.
She has toured the eastern United States and Canada with the New York City Gilbert and Sullivan Company. In 2005 she was the bass clarinetist for the Festival Musical de Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, and has appeared as a soloist with the Sarasota Concert Band, one of the few professional concert bands left in the country. For the past five years she has been the solo clarinetist with the Reflections Chamber Ensemble, a group that performs a varied repertoire from all eras, with a special emphasis on the music of living composers. They premiered Oh, Lonely Watcher of the Night, a piece by her husband, composer Tom McColley, in the fall of 2005. After a performance with The Moody Blues, she was told that she “rocked”. She is the mother of two musicians, Adam, trombone, and John, harp.
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