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Victor Drescher joined the faculty at Southeastern Louisiana University as Instructor of Clarinet and Assistant Director of Bands in 2013. Prior to this appointment he served for five years as Assistant Director of Bands at East Ascension High School in Gonzales, LA where his ensemble received no less than superior concert awards at LMEA District and State festivals for all five years of his tenure. In 2011, Drescher was honored by the LMEA with their “Outstanding Young Music Teacher Award.” He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Music Performance and Music Education and a Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University where he served as the graduate teaching assistant for two years. He has also completed postgraduate work at the University of North Texas. His primary clarinet instructors were Steven Cohen, Dr. James Gillespie, Justin O’Dell, and Dr. Mary Druhan.
Mr. Drescher is an active soloist, orchestral musician, and chamber musician. Some of his recent solo performances include performing in recital at the 2014 International Clarinet Association’s annual ClarinetFest, as a guest soloist with the Southeastern Wind Symphony (Ticheli’s Clarinet Concerto), with the Southeastern Symphonic Band (Rossini’s Introduction, Theme and Variations), and with the Louisiana Sinfonietta (Mozart’s Concerto for Clarinet and Baermann’s Adagio). He has served as principal clarinet of Opera Louisiane since its inception in 2007 and as principal clarinet of the Louisiana Sinfonietta since 2006. Drescher also regularly performs with the Baton Rouge Symphony, Acadiana Symphony and the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestras. An active chamber musician, Drescher performs as the clarinetist with the Lagniappe Wind Quintet and in a clarinet/flute duo with his wife Shanna Drescher, the current flute professor at Southeastern. He is also a champion of new music for chamber ensembles and for the clarinet and premieres multiple works every year including collaborations and commissions with local composers. Drescher has appeared as a guest soloist in Carnegie Hall, at Texas A&M Commerce, and several times across the state of Louisiana. He can be heard on the Centaur record label performing works of Dinos Constantinides.