Equally at home with chamber and solo repertoire, clarinetist Crystal Gloria Medina has performed across both coasts of the United States. A passionate solo, chamber, and orchestral musician she performs classical music of the past and the present. Ms. Medina has performed in some the most distinguished halls throughout New York City, such as Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, and Carnegie Hall garnering avid fans. She has made solo appearances with the Costa Contra Chamber Orchestra in celebration of Mozart’s 250th Anniversary and with the UNC Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Medina was also a fellow in the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Ms. Medina is a strong advocator for new music and has performed with the TACTUS contemporary ensemble and has performed in CIRCE, the new music festival in Mannes College.
Her artistry has won her numerous awards. Crystal Medina is a two-time awardee of the 2007 and 2006 Lilian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition and winner of the Euterpe Club Music Competition for an unprecedented three times in a row. Other prizes include the Greensboro Music Teachers Association Competition and the UNC Greensboro Concerto Competition.
Not only is Ms. Medina an avid performer but she also enjoys presenting master classes, giving private lessons, and working as a teaching artist. Crystal Medina has received a Bachelor’s in Music Education from University of North Carolina at Greensboro under the direction of Dr. Kelly Burke.
Ms. Medina has worked with distinguished artist such as: David Krakauer, Ernst Ottensamer, Peter Schmidl, Frank Cohen, and Warren Jones. Crystal Medina has received her Master’s from Manhattan School of Music and Diploma from the Mannes College of Music under the tutelage of Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima.