Dr. 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
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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