Gene Collerd, Acting PrincipalClarinet

Gene Collerd

Hometown:

Caldwell, New Jersey

Year you joined the Grant Park Music Festival:

1979

Where you live now:

River Forest, Illinois

Where did you study?

Yale University

What do you love most about your instrument?

The range of tone and pitch; expressive possibilities

What would you be if you were not a musician?

Linguistics scholar

Who would you love to work with in a future musical collaboration (conductors, guest artists) who you have not previously worked with?

Conductor Gustavo Dudamel; Cellist Johannes Moser

What’s on your playlist at the moment?

Mahler, Mozart, Bette Midler, Trisha Yearwood

Any hobbies?

Hiking, swimming