Lara Mitofsky Neuss is a clarinetist, educator, and administrator. Her work focuses on creating an innovative and engaging environment for the world of music, one that bridges the gap between classical music and other mainstream genres. She has organized and performed many exciting workshops and recitals, including “The 21st Century Clarinet,” a solo recital consisting of all music written in the past ten years, and a recital looking back on her time living in Colorado titled “Reflections.” She recently created a workshop titled “Electroacoustic Endeavors,” in which she organized world premieres and classes on electroacoustic music at The Music District in Fort Collins, Colorado. In 2018, she was a chosen performer and educator for the Orford Contemporary Music and Improvisation Tour in Stockholm, Sweden with improviser Anders Ästrand.
Mitofsky Neuss has performed at a variety of ensembles and festivals including Americans for the Arts, SPLICE Electroacoustic Festival, Bang on a Can Music Festival, Banff Center for the Arts, Orford Musique, Opera Parallele, New York Youth Symphony, and Domaine Forget Music Academy, among others. Performances have taken her to venues such as Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, and the Berlin Philharmonie. As a soloist, she was the winner of the Eastern Music Festival Concerto Competition, and has been a finalist and semi-finalist in the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition and the William C. Byrd International Competition, respectively. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Music degree at Florida State University as a graduate teaching assistant and she is a graduate of Colorado State University (MM) and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (BM). Mitofsky Neuss maintains a private teaching studio with dedication to mentoring the next generation of musicians and artists.