Thomas A. Labadorf
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music
Joined Connecticut College: 1989
Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, NY; Master of Music Performance in Orchestral Conducting, Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Connecticut
Dr. Thomas Labadorf enjoys varied tastes in musical styles as a chamber musician and a symphonist. He currently performs as principal clarinetist with the New Haven, Waterbury and New Britain Symphonies and performs regularly as a member of Harmonia V Woodwind Quintet. Additionally, he is professor of applied clarinet at Central Connecticut State University and Connecticut College.
His musical experience began at age 8 in Argentina with classical guitar lessons, and he continued in the United States playing clarinet in public school music programs. He studied with Stanley Hasty at the Eastman School of Music, and, while there, began his professional career as utility clarinetist for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He later continued to perform professionally in various Connecticut orchestras, eventually retiring from the United States Coast Guard Band after 24 years of service.
Throughout his career, he has been featured as soloist with many Connecticut orchestras and bands performing the works of Luigi Bassi, Benjamin Britten, Aaron Copland, Claude Debussy, Michael Daugherty, Mozart, Carl Nielson, Gioachino Rossini, and Carl Maria von Weber; and he also premiered his own transcription of Jorge Calandrelli's Concerto for Jazz Clarinet with the Coast Guard Band at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.
He earned his Master of Music in orchestral conducting at the University of Connecticut, and just completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Labadorf can be heard on Albany Records with the Connecticut Trio performing music of Ezra Laderman, and on Nimbus Alliance performing as principal clarinetist with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in symphonic works by William Walton.