Gene Collerd, Assistant PrincipalClarinet

Gene Collerd


Caldwell, New Jersey

Year you joined the Grant Park Music Festival:


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