Hara Hackett is the Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at TSU. She attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia from 1990-1996, where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and then her Master's Degree in Clarinet Performance. Mr. Leslie Nicholas and Dr. James Kurtz were her clarinet professors there.
After teaching public school for a year in Brooklyn, New York, and freelancing in New York City, Mrs. Hackett won the United States Air Force Band clarinet position in Dayton, Ohio, and served in that capacity from 1997-2000.
For the past five years, she has been a regular substitute clarinetist for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. She has been a member of the clarinet section in the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Orchestra, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, for 10 years. She also has substituted in the Roanoke (Virginia) Symphony Orchestra and Opera over the last ten years.
In addition to the orchestral playing, Hara also enjoys subbing in the Gersthaus German Restaurant's Polka Band.
Mrs. Hackett's private students regularly win positions in the Nashville Youth Symphony, Tennessee Governor's School, Tennessee All-State Band, as well as the Middle Tennessee State Band and Orchestra Directors' Association (MTSBOA). She serves as a Clarinet Faculty member at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, in Michigan, where she will be performing with the Faculty Wind Ensemble at the Michigan Educator's Association (2008). Has performed with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra on several occasions. Clarinetist in Tennessee State University's woodwind quintet, “Opus Five”. For over thirteen years, Mrs. Hackett's clarinet students have regularly won scholarships to local and out-of-state universities and conservatories as performance or music education majors.
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Office: PA 026, (615) 963-2503