Adella Carlson

Performer, Educator, Entrepreneur


Clarinetist Adella Carlson is a performer and educator passionate about increasing the social relevance and accessibility of contemporary classical music. Actively involved in arts administration, education, and performance, Adella currently holds positions as the UNCG School of Music Administrative Assistant and the Ensemble Manager for the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra, in addition to teaching a private studio of clarinet and piano students. Equally at home in solo, chamber, and large ensemble contexts, Adella is a member of the Chaos Incarné Clarinet Trio and the Piedmont Wind Symphony, and plays regularly with orchestras throughout North Carolina. Adella’s primary teachers are Christopher Howard, Andy Hudson, and Anthony Taylor.

A 500-hour registered yoga teacher, Adella offers yoga classes for musicians as well as incorporating techniques for maintaining physical and mental wellness into her music pedagogy. In all lessons, she strives to help young musicians feel confident and free to express themselves through music making. Clarinet students can expect to build a foundation of healthy habits and strong fundamental skills from which to explore their musical interests and accomplish their goals. Beginning pianists will learn and explore the art of music with a safe environment in which to try new things, make mistakes, and celebrate successes.