Hailed for his “impressive array of colors and moods” as well as his "beautiful performance exhibiting a rich variety of colors and expressions,” Andrew DeBoer is the Assistant Professor of Music - Clarinet at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. He is currently the principal clarinetist of the Fort Smith Symphony and frequently performs with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra as well. DeBoer has also played with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera, Symphony of the Southwest, and with chamber groups like the Paradise Winds and the EastWest Trio. As well, DeBoer has soloed with various ensembles including the 43rd Army Band, UAFS Symphonic Band, UAFS Jazz Band, Hastings Symphony Orchestra, Hastings College Wind Ensemble, and the Northwest Wind Symphony. His career has taken him throughout the United States performing in both Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, and the recital and concert halls of many college campuses. Additionally, DeBoer frequently performs on international and national conferences including on recitals for the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest, the College Music Society, and the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors.
In 2013 he released his first solo album, Violet Convergence: Viola Works on Clarinet, featuring his own transcribed arrangements of various viola works by the English composer, York Bowen. Three of the transcriptions heard on this album are published by Potenza Music. DeBoer's newest album, CrossOver: Clarinet works by Nikola Resanovic, was released in February 2015.
While an active performer, DeBoer also seeks to contribute to the creation of music and the academic world. He has recently commissioned a work for clarinet and bass clarinet/baritone saxophone from composer, Jamie Wind Whitmarsh, as well as a piece for solo clarinet entitled Thunder-Blossom by Nikola Resanovic (2014). He also helped in the commission of works by Kenji Bunch and Noah D. Taylor.
In addition to his performance career, DeBoer has taught master classes on several campuses throughout the U.S. His students have won positions in youth orchestras as well as in region and state festivals and competitions. DeBoer also has students who have been accepted into the music programs at prestigious schools such as New York University, Arizona State University, The Ohio State University, Vanderbilt, and the University of Arkansas - Fayetteville.
DeBoer holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in performance from Arizona State University where he studied with internationally known artist, Robert Spring. He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music education and performance from Hastings College where he studied with Debra Rhodes. DeBoer has also had additional studies with Pascual Martinez-Forteza (New York Philharmonic), Susan Warner (Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra), Richard Nunemaker (Houston Latin American Philharmonic), and Bill King (Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra).