BiographyDr. Leigh Wakefield
Leigh Wakefield, originally from Minneapolis, received his undergraduate degrees in political science and music from the University of Minnesota. He has since earned a Master’s Degree in clarinet from the New England Conservatory of music and has completed the D.M.A. at the University of Minnesota. While living in New England, he performed as principal clarinetist in the New Bedford Symphony and the Nashua Symphony, as well as being an active chamber musician in the Boston area. Currently he is principal clarinetist with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, the Fargo-Moorhead Opera Company, and a member of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Wind Quintet, Concordia Wind Trio and Concordia Wind Quintet. Dr. Wakefield has performed at a variety of national and regional music festivals including appearances at the International Clarinet Fest, the International Double Reed Society convention and the Minnesota Music Educators convention. Dr. Wakefield is an Associate Professor of Music at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota where he is the Professor of clarinet, chamber music and woodwind methods. During his nineteen years at the college he has also been conductor of the Concordia College Cobber Band and the Concordia Jazz Ensemble. A firm believer in music education and the power of music to influence people’s lives, he has served as a frequent adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor.