Dr. Andrew DeBoer is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Clarinet at UAFS. In addition to teaching clarinet, he teaches various music courses, including Survey of American Music, Ear Training, and Secondary Instrumental Music Methods.
As a performer, DeBoer has played with the Arizona Opera, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, Paradise Winds, and Symphony of the Southwest. He also has soloed with the 43rd Army Band, Hastings Symphony Orchestra, Hastings College Wind Ensemble, and Northwest Wind Symphony. His career has taken him throughout the United States performing in both Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, as well as the recital and concert halls of such schools as Arizona State University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Central Missouri, the University of Missouri, California Polytechnic State University, and Hastings College. DeBoer also has played in both international and regional conferences, including ClarinetFest® 2014 in Baton Rouge, La., and the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Regional Conference in Albuquerque, N.M.
In 2013 DeBoer released his first solo album, Violet Convergence: Viola Works on Clarinet, featuring his own transcribed arrangements of various viola works by the English composer York Bowen. Three of the transcriptions heard on this album are published by Potenza Music. He is releasing his second album, CrossOver, in August 2014 on the Potenza label.
While an active performer, DeBoer also seeks to contribute to the creation of music and the academic world. He recently has helped in the commission of works for clarinet and bass clarinet by Kenji Bunch, Noah D. Taylor, and Roshanne Etezady. In addition, DeBoer has an article published by The Clarinet addressing the use of contextual interference in personal practice.
In addition to his performance career, DeBoer has taught throughout the Midwest and Southwest. He has given several master classes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Hastings College, and Mesa Community College. His students have won positions in local youth orchestras as well as in district and state festivals and competitions. He also has students who are currently or have been a part of the music program at such schools as New York University, Arizona State University, Concordia University Irvine, the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and Wheaton College.
DeBoer holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in performance from Arizona State University where he studied with Robert Spring. He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music education and performance from Hastings College, where he studied with Debra McKim Rhodes. DeBoer also has had additional studies with Pascual Martinez-Forteza, Susan Warner, Scott Wright, Tod Kerstetter, Bradley Wong, Richard Nunemaker, and Bill King.
In addition to his experience as a performer and teacher, DeBoer also has experience as a public school educator. While in Arizona, he taught several bands, music theory, and history at the nationally recognized BASIS™ Chandler School.
DeBoer currently lives in Fort Smith with his wife and two sons. To learn more about him, you can visit his website below.
Dr. Andrew DeBoer
Visiting Assistant Professor – Clarinet
Breedlove Building, room 206A