Riley Braase is an accomplished performer and educator with over six years of teaching experience in clarinet and saxophone. He has taught classes, private lessons, and workshops for woodwind players at the Kansas City Harmony Project, the University of Idaho Summer Music Camp, and for all levels of school band programs. Riley empowers students to explore musical self-expression through the development of strong technical and musical foundations.
Riley completed his master’s degree in clarinet performance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory where he studied with Dr. Jane Carl and was awarded a position with the Conservatory’s Graduate Fellowship Wind Quintet, Plaza Winds. With the quintet, Riley performed for Kansas Public Radio, over twenty five public outreach concerts, and the national Coltman Chamber Music Competition where they won the 2020 senior division’s second prize. While studying with Dr. Shawn Copeland at the University of Idaho, Riley was a clarinetist with the Washington-Idaho Symphony and performed in the Vianden International Chamber Music Festival in Vianden, Luxembourg.
Recently, Riley and his wife–flutist Mikaela Hannon–relocated to Tempe, Arizona for their graduate studies at Arizona State University. Riley will begin his doctoral program in clarinet performance with Robert Spring and Joshua Gardner in Fall 2021, and is currently gigging and teaching in the Phoenix area. On days off, Riley and Mikaela love hiking and exploring with their dog Dawson, a shiba-inu chihuahua mix who so far is adapting to the desert heat more quickly than his people.