Dr. Anne Watson is currently an Associate Professor of Clarinet at Northeastern State University (Tahlequah, OK). 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. 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, 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 at the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) convention, International Clarinet Association Convention, ClarinetFest©, Texas Music Educators Association Convention (San Antonio, TX), with the Arizona State University Percussion Ensemble, and with Claribel of Öostend, Belgium. An avid performer and pedagogue, Watson has given recitals and masterclasses throughout the United States and internationally, and in 2011, was awarded the prestigious President’s Model the Way Award, given to NSU 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.
Dr. Watson’s newest CD, Raretés Romantiques, was released in March 2014.