Moria Tunison

Moria Tunison photoDr. Moria Tunison is an active chamber musician, soloist, and educator with experience teaching clarinet, piano, and oboe.  In addition to her position at Illinois Wesleyan University, Moria is the Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at the University of Illinois, Springfield.  She also teaches clarinet lessons at the University of Illinois, Springfield Community Music School, Monticello Middle School, and the Music Shoppe Lesson Studios in Champaign, Illinois.  During the summer, Moria teaches at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp as a Clarinet Instructor and a Woodwind Auxiliary Instructor. 

Moria has performed in the Franco-American Vocal Academy Opera Chamber Orchestra in France, the Urbana Pops Orchestra, the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra, the 2017 National Intercollegiate Band, and chamber ensembles including woodwind quintets, clarinet choirs, the Illinois Modern Ensemble, and the MIL Clarinet and Percussion Duo.  She also performed with the Eastern Symphony Orchestra as the 2010 Concerto Competition Winner.  In addition to her clarinet performances, Moria is an active pianist, playing at the Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, Pesotum United Methodist Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and as the choir accompanist for the Kenwood Elementary School. 

Moria received her Doctorate in Musical Arts in Clarinet Performance and Literature, with a cognate in Musicology, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  She has a Master’s in Clarinet Performance from Michigan State University and a Bachelor’s in Clarinet Performance and a Bachelor’s in Instrumental Music Education from Eastern Illinois University.  She studied clarinet with J. David Harris, Dr. Guy Yehuda, Dr. Magie Smith, and Harvey Hermann, piano with Dr. Susan Teicher, and oboe with Blaine Edlefsen.  She is a member of the International Clarinet Association, the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, the National Association for Music Education, the Illinois Music Education Association, and Kappa Kappa Psi.

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