Clarinetist Patricia Shands has appeared to popular and critical acclaim throughout the United States, South America, and Europe. Her performances have been applauded by the critics of such publications as The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Il Giornale (Milan), Fanfare, and The American Record Guide.
She was a featured soloist for composer Luciano Berio’s presentation of the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard University. She has appeared at the music festivals of Interharmony and Spoleto (Italy), the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Música no Museu (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Round Top, Chautauqua, Bear Valley, Bellingham, National Repertory Orchestra as well as the Wellesley Composers Conference.
A prizewinner in the Concert Artists Guild Competition, Dr. Shands has collaborated in chamber music performances with many of the finest musicians of today and she performed with the Kodály and Stamic Quartets on their American tours. She currently is a member of the Trois Bois Wind Trio and the Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet, and she was a founding member of the award-winning Block Ensemble.
Dr. Shands has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, National Public Radio’s Performance Today, and regional live broadcasts by WGBH (Boston), KXPR (Sacramento), and WVPR (Vermont Public Radio). Her recorded works are available on the Naxos, Centaur, Albany, Onossa, and Round Top recording labels.
Dr. Shands joined the faculty of the University of the Pacific in 1995 where she is currently Professor of Clarinet and served as Program Director of Chamber Music for 22 years in the Conservatory of Music. The University of the Pacific awarded her the Eberhardt Teacher/Scholar award and the Hoefer Prize for Outstanding Faculty/Student Research.