Dr. Anne A. Watson joined the music faculty at Northeastern State University (Tahlequah, OK) as assistant professor of clarinet and music theory in the fall of 2008. An active performer, Watson served as principal clarinet with the Arizona Opera Orchestra of Phoenix, AZ for ten years and in 2004 was named as finalist to the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami, FL. She is also one of the founding members of the Ironwood Trio, a clarinet trio that performs throughout the United States. In the summer of 2011, Watson performed her inaugural season as principal clarinet with Light Opera Oklahoma (LOOK). She has also performed with the Tulsa Symphony, Tulsa Ballet, Tulsa Opera, The Phoenix Symphony, Ballet Tucson, Tucson Symphony, Tulsa Oratorio Chorus and since 2005, she has been a recording artist with the Carl Fischer Music Co. She actively performs as a local musician with touring Broadway productions, including Wicked, The Light in the Piazza, My Fair Lady, and Michael Bourne’s Swan Lake and has performed on stage with such names as Michael Crawford, Anne Murray, and Michael Martin Murphey. Watson has been a featured soloist with the 2003 Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) convention and at the 2003 International Clarinet Association Convention in Salt Lake City, UT. She has also been a soloist at the 2010 Texas Music Educators Association Convention (San Antonio, TX), the Arizona State University Percussion Ensemble, and Claribel of Öostend, Belgium. Upcoming performances include recitals at Western Ontario University (London, Ontario, Canada), Wilfred-Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada), University of Denver (Denver, CO), Mesa State University (Grand Junction, CO), Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO), and the University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY). In the Fall of 2011, Watson was awarded the prestigious President’s Model the Way Award, given to faculty for their dedication to students and the University.
Watson holds degrees from West Texas A&M University (BM), where she won the University’s Concerto Competition at the age of 18 and Arizona State University (MM and DMA), where she completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree under the tutelage of Robert Spring. Watson has also studied with Doug Storey and Nancy King Sanders and in the summers of 2001 and 2002, she attended the Belgian Clarinet Academy in Öostend, Belgium, where she studied with Eddy Vanoosthuyse, Luis Rossi, and Howard Klug.