Clarinetist and Conductor Victoria Marra graduated with honors from Baldwin-Wallace College and completed additional studies at the Johannessen International School of the Arts in Canada. As clarinet soloist she appeared in Cleveland, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Toronto. She has presented numerous premieres of orchestral, chamber, and solo works by Ohio composers, recently as soloist in Katharine O’Connell’s Elegy and the Guild of Temple Musicians Award-winner Shirat Hayam (Song of the Sea). She performed for thirteen summers with the Blossom Festival Band, including a WGBH television production.
In 2000 Ms. Marra was Guest Conductor of the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra and later directed its Chamber Ensemble in Handel’s Water Music in Painesville, Parma, and Shaker Heights. For 36 years she has served as Music Director of the German Concert Orchestra, maintaining a special affinity for music of the Viennese composers.
In addition to her performing and conducting activities Ms. Marra is renowned for her teaching skill. Her clarinet students are members of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, Contemporary Youth Orchestra, and World Youth Symphony. In 2013 her clarinet student won the concerto competition at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory in Canada, and in 2014 was a prize-winner in the Van Doren Emerging Artist competition.