Dr. Raphael P. Sanders, Jr. is Professor of Clarinet at the Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam. Dr. Sanders holds degrees from the University of Hawaii, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of North Texas. Raphael’s clarinet mentors include: Robert Marcellus, David Breeden, Henry Gulick, Henry Miyamura, and James Gillespie. Originally from Hawaii, Raphael began performing on the ukulele with his father at the age of six.
Before leaving Hawaii to become a professional clarinetist, Raphael was a public school band director. During that time he performed on the clarinet, oboe, bassoon and tuba. As a clarinetist, he has performed with orchestras in San Francisco, Houston, New York, Ottawa (Canada) the United States Air Force Band, and has taught at the college level in Texas and Nevada. Raphael performs regularly throughout the United States and abroad, including residencies in Canton (Guangzhou), China at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music, and in Cardiff, Wales, at the Royal Welch School of Music and Dance.
A member of the Texas Clarinet Consort, Dr. Sanders has performed in Sweden, Belgium, France, England, Canada and Mexico. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed at international festivals in Chicago, Columbus, Cincinnati, Lubbock, Oostende, Paris, Stockholm, Austin, Los Angeles, Baton Rouge, Madrid, and New Orleans. His students are members of orchestras and military bands, or are outstanding teachers in K-12 schools and colleges in the USA.
Dr. Sanders has also lectured, presented, and performed at state music education association conferences and festivals in New York, Texas, Michigan, California, Nevada, Hawaii, Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, Utah, and Oregon. Raphael performed his New York City debut recital in June 2005, followed by solo performances in Flushing, Douglaston, Manhattan, and the Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2006.
In 1997, Dr. Sanders established the International Clarinet Association’s Orchestral Audition Competition. In 2003, he received a special award from the ICA for his dedicated service to the organization, which only serves to amplify his commitment to teaching and performing. At the Crane School of Music, Dr. Sanders co-directs the Crane Clarinet Choir, teaches applied clarinet and performs in the Potsdam Woodwind Quintet, the Orchestra of Northern New York, and the Northern Symphonic Winds. He is currently the ICA New York State Chair.
Dr. Sanders is a Backun Artist, conducting clinics, performances, and master classes throughout North America and abroad. He plays exclusively on Backun MoBa Clarinets and James Kanter mouthpieces. He is also a D’Addario Winds Performing Artist and plays exclusively on D’Addario Reserve Classic Reeds.