As a middle school clarinet student I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher to start me off playing the clarinet properly. David Singer’s patient, skillful instruction built the foundation that eventually led me to make the decision to pursue a career in clarinet performance. Taig Egan, Principal Clarinetist – Regional, State and National levels (high school – Massachusetts) CMEA and The National Association for Music Education. 5/20
“As a professional cellist and career studio teacher in Camarillo, I have had the honor of working with David Singer for the past several years. He is a world-class clarinetist. Mr. Singer has recorded solo, chamber, and orchestral performances with distinguished groups such as the world-renowned Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He can be heard on classical music radio stations on a regular basis. In addition to being a sensitive and virtuosic musician, Mr. Singer is a warm and gracious man. He generously devotes his time and skill performing with local groups to support the arts in our community. He is an insightful teacher who, while being capable of teaching at the highest level, is equally supportive of beginners. Mr. Singer teaches privately and also coaches student chamber music groups. His students are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with such an accomplished musician.” Celine R. Gietzen, Professional Cellist, Music Educator 6/20
Throughout the two years I studied with David Singer at Montclair State University I gained a new kind of confidence and joy in my music making. He gave constructive and motivational musical support and always made himself available to help his students during and outside of our lessons. I truly looked forward to working with him as often as possible, and it was a great pleasure to have him as my teacher. Megan Alston, Music Education/Performance Major – Montclair State University
It was a cold and rainy morning in February as I made my way from the campus of Montclair State University in New Jersey to the Buffet Studio in midtown NYC. My teacher, Mr. David Singer, was meeting me there to help me pick out a new A clarinet. Not only was this world-famous performer my teacher, but he was also taking time from his busy performance and teaching schedule to help me. I realized, at that moment, that truly great teachers care, take time and make their students feel special. I felt “special” that day and every day since.
Thinking that I might be too early, I made my way up to the studio. Mr. Singer was waiting for me with six clarinets that he had chosen for me to try. I shouldn’t have been surprised. Mr. Singer was always waiting for me and all of his students after wind symphony, orchestra or recital performance to offer congratulations or encouragement. Even though he has retired from MSU he advises and mentors me… “Never stop playing; never stop listening to great players.”
Mr. Singer is so much more than a great performer and teacher. He is an extraordinary person and my very good friend.
Tessa Lynn Dolce, Music Education Major – Montclair State University
David Singer was my clarinet professor at MSU for several years. The artistry and mastery with which he performs puts him in a class of his own and he has been a tremendous inspiration to me for many years. Mr. Singer has always managed to find the perfect balance between performing and recording among the world’s most premiere musicians, and introducing a nervous young student to their first masterclass setting, or the proper practice techniques at any level, all with style and a graceful ability to put people at ease. Whether a student is age 10, 18 or 32 they will benefit from his versatility and wealth of experience. His patience and sensitivity are some of his most powerful tools in creating not only his own beautiful music, but in the music played beautifully by those he has influenced. That, I believe, is the key to his successful legacy, and one which I aspire to pass forward to my own students now.”
Karen Fisher, MSU ’97, freelance professional clarinetist and teacher
I can believe that David Singer is giving clarinet lessons in Camarillo, Ca. I had the good fortune of playing 1st clarinet 2nd seat to David at Sutter Jr. High School in the San Fernando Valley in 1964. None of us even knew how good he was because he was so humble. The director, Ben Greco knew, but none of us did. He acted like one of the regular guys. we knew that he was somewhat better than we were and he and I took lessons from Dick Carlson, a professional who at one time I believe was with the Henry Mancini orchestra, and later became the director at a local Jr. college. I was not a bad clarinet player myself at the time and later made the Valley State Youth Symphony, only because David was probably not interested in trying out. However, for his 9th grade graduation, David played a piece called Adagio and Tarantella, I believe he was sight reading from the podium as we were. I was playing ha, ha, the accompaniment until he got to the 64th note credenzas which he played perfectly. I immediately put my clarinet down to listen to what I thought then had to be one of the best clarinetists on the face of the earth. Our shared music teacher, Mr. Carlson, told me that David was better than he was, I knew this already. My mother wanted me to be a professional clarinetist, but after hearing David play that day, I decided to look elsewhere to make a living. I did not think about David until I retired from the pharmaceutical business in 2006, but I knew that he was going to be great from the moment I heard what he could really do back in 1965. Again, I can believe that David would be giving music lessons, what I cannot believe is the marvelous opportunity any student would have to be taught by him. Gary R, Visalia, CA