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Sunshine Simmons

Assistant Professor, Clarinet

Sunshine Simmons


Contact: (904) 620-1757 



Committed to the advancement of the next generation of clarinetists, Sunshine Simmons has received accolades as a performer throughout the country. Comfortable with the entire range of instruments in the clarinet family, her positions include Principal Clarinet with the Oregon Ballet Theatre, Bass Clarinet with the New Mexico Philharmonic, E-flat Clarinet with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and Clarinet with Chicago Philharmonic. She has also performed with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Milwaukee, Grant Park and Detroit, as well as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Santa Fe Opera, and Chicago Opera Theater. 

Sunshine’s chamber music activities have included performances with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, 8th blackbird, International Chamber Artists, Present Music, Santa Fe New Music and Chatter. Festival involvement has included the Aspen Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival USA and the Frutillar Music Festival in Chile. Sunshine has also performed at the Ravinia Music Festival and the Winter Chamber Music Festival in Chicago.

As a soloist, Sunshine was featured in the Chicago premier of Alan Shulman’s Rendevous for Clarinet and String Orchestra. She also performed the Clarinet Concerto by Aaron Copland for a live radio broadcast in Cluj, Romania with the Cluj Camerata.

Dr. Simmons holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Carnegie Mellon University. She received Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees from Northwestern University. Her principal teachers were J. Lawrie Bloom, Steve Cohen and Thomas Thompson.