Eileen Young

Instructor of Clarinet and Saxophone

Eileen Young performs as principal bass clarinetist in the Winston-Salem Symphony and as principal clarinetist with the Salisbury Symphony.  She is the former Bass Clarinetist with the North Carolina Symphony.  Young was the Salisbury Symphony featured soloist in October 2009 with her performance of Persis Vehar’s City of Light concerto for clarinet and orchestra.  Reviews of the concerto claimed that she “…played with great virtuosity” and “… sailed confidently and unperturbed through each challenge.”  Her performance interviews were featured on WFDD in Winston-Salem and on WDAV in Davidson, NC.

In 2004 and 2006, Young completed successful tours of France as clarinet soloist and accompanist with the Forsyth Country Day School choir.  She performs regularly throughout the region on various chamber recitals and is a member of the Wake Forest University Faculty Woodwind Quintet and Woodwind Trio.  Young is the clarinetist/teaching artist and founding member of the Bolton Woodwind Quintet Residency Project and is currently in residence with the Bolton Quintet at the Arts-Based Elementary and Summit schools in Winston-Salem.

As instructor of clarinet, saxophone and woodwind ensembles at Wake Forest University, Young  continues to teach many student prize winners of the Giles-Harris and Concerto competitions.  At Wake Forest, she also formed and conducts the WFU clarinet choir and saxophone ensemble.  In addition, Young coaches the WFU Premier Saxophone Quartet, a winner in the Concerto Competition and featured ensemble on the 2008 WFU Student Showcase Recital.  In April 2010, her student WFU Clarinet Quartet performed the American premier of Italian composer Guido Arbonelli’s Immagini da Auschwitz. The performance project was featured in articles and interviews on “Window on Wake Forest,” the Wake Forest University Magazine and in the Winston-Salem Journal.

In August 2010, Eileen joined the faculty of the Salem College School of Music. 

Young can be heard on CD recordings with the North Carolina, Winston-Salem and Western Piedmont symphonies.  She is the recipient of two Emerging Artist grants from the Greensboro United Arts Council, as well as faculty and course development grants at Wake Forest University.  Eileen Young is from Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.


Ph.D. Musical Arts, UNC Greensboro
M.A. Music Performance, UNC School of the Arts