Michael Casto, Clarinet

Michael is an enthusiastic orchestral, chamber, and solo musician. He has had the pleasure of playing with various orchestras, including the Evansville Philharmonic and Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Casto is a substitute clarinetist with the New World Symphony. Michael Casto had the pleasure of performing in concert venues such as Carnegie Hall, Seoul Arts Center, and Strathmore. Michael’s extensive orchestral experiences have provided him with opportunities to work with world renowned music directors such as Paul Nadler, Thomas Wilkins, David Effron, James Ross, Arthur Fagen, and Mark Russell Smith.

Before returning to his home state of Maryland, Michael was the clarinet instructor at Avon Middle School North, where he worked closely with young and aspiring clarinetists. He helped students refine skills such as tone, technical facility, rhythm, music reading, and performance anxiety. His students have gone on to receive Superior ratings with the Indiana District and State Solo and Ensemble Festivals. During his Master’s Degree, Casto designed a comprehensive curriculum for clarinet students ranging from beginner to advanced, under the guidance of distinguished clarinet pedagogue, Howard Klug.

Michael Casto holds a Master’s Degree from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland. His primary instructors include Eli Eban, Paul Cigan, and Robert DiLutis.