A b o u t   M e 

  • Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) - Contemporary Music Performance,                                                                 University of California San Diego

  • Master of Music (MM) - Applied Music, Stony Brook University

  • Bachelor of Music (BM) - Music Education, Eastman School of Music

  • Bachelor of Music (BM) - Applied Music, Eastman School of Music

    • ​Minor - American Sign Language, University of Rochester


​© 2020 Photo by Steve Wiley Photography

Described as “…crisp and imaginative…” by the San Francisco Classical Voice, California-based percussionist/educator Christopher Clarino enjoys fostering collaborative relationships between composer and performer. He received degrees from the University of California San Diego (DMA), Stony Brook University (MM) and the Eastman School of Music (BM), studying under Professors Steven Schick, Eduardo Leandro, John Beck and Michael Burritt.

As a percussionist, Dr. Clarino has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, Harvard University, Georgetown University, SUNY New Paltz, The San Diego Museum of Art, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He has been featured as soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the USMA Concert Band at West Point, the La Jolla Symphony Chorus, the Fredonia Wind Ensemble and the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, and has also performed with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Bang On A Can, the Ojai Music Festival, the LA Philharmonic’s annual “Noon to Midnight” marathon concert, the Festival Internacional Cervantino, and Monday Evening Concerts.


Dr. Clarino’s recordings have been released by New World Records and Sideband Records, and his recordings of works Tom DeLio will be released by Neuma Records later this year.


His doctoral dissertation, “At the Intersection of American Sign Language and the Performer-Percussionist: A Hybrid Practice,” chronicles both the roles of gesture and language in the percussion repertoire, addresses abstraction, gestural iconicity, corporeality and cultural ownership, and documents his efforts at merging ASL and percussion into a new and idiosyncratic genre of interdisciplinary performance art.


Dr. Clarino currently serves as Director of Instrumental Music at Santa Margarita Catholic High School, where he leads the Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Eagle Rock Band, Men’s Choir, Marching Band and Pep Band.

​© 2018 Photo by Lydia Winsor Brindamour

John Luther Adams's "Inuksuit" at the US/MX Border