Woodwind Specialist

Philip May

Woodwind Specialist/Clarinet Instructor

Philip May is a professional clarinetist, private lesson teacher, and occasionally a conductor.  He has taught clarinet lessons and master classes at Johnson since the program's third year, in 2010.  In addition, he supports the directors in a variety of ways, providing feedback, helping with programming, and has even stepped in to conduct the bands when the directors are engaged elsewhere. The Johnson Clarinet Choir, which began rehearsals in Summer 2015, was awarded a Superior Rating at the 2016 Texas State Solo & Ensemble Contest for its performance of Rossini's "An Italian In Algiers." 

Mr. May hold degrees from Rice University and South Texas College of Law. In addition to performing and teaching clarinet, he has worked as a high school math teacher, high school orchestra director, and assistant district attorney.


Mr. May has taught clarinet lessons since 1989.  He has worked for numerous programs around Texas, including in Houston, San Antonio, and Austin.  Over the years, his students have made Texas All-State approximately 90 times. 


Mr. May grew up in Houston  and attended schools in Klein ISD.  He was fortunate to learn from a number of truly outstanding directors during those formative years, including Paul Worosello, Philip Geiger, Kenny Bierschenk, Keith Markuson, and Peter Warshaw.  During that time, Mr. May sat first at eight music camps, allowing him the privilege of playing principal clarinet in bands directed  by many of the top directors in the country, including John Paynter, Claude T. Smith, H. Robert Reynolds, Gary Garner, Richard Strange, and Frank Wickes.  Especially memorable was his summer at the Interlochen National Music Camp where, as concert master of the band, he would get to conduct at the end of every concert.  Mr. May also has played principal clarinet for several symphony orchestras, including Rice University's Shepherd Symphony Orchestra, a decade with the Galveston Symphony, two summers with the Colorado College Summer Conservatory, the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Texas All-State Symphony Orchestra, five years with the Houston Youth Symphony, and various free lance opportunities as a substitute.  Occasionally he appears as a concerto soloist at band and orchestra concerts.

Mr. May is honored to be part of the Johnson Band family. The students, staff, administration, and parents at Johnson are second to none.

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