Miles M. Ishigaki, DMA, is Professor of Clarinet at California State University, Fresno, where he has taught applied clarinet and chamber music since 1987, as well as being the director of the University Clarinet Choir. Since 1989, he has served as state chair of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and recently founded the West Coast Clarinet Congress in 2000. His gifted college and pre-college clarinet students have won awards in international, national, regional and state competitions.
Ishigaki is an experienced orchestral and chamber musician, and has taken part in many performances with such groups as the Fresno Philharmonic, Oklahoma Symphony, Fresno Lyric Opera, Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, Fort Collins Symphony, and the Greeley Philharmonic. His enthusiasm for the solo and chamber repertoire of the clarinet has resulted in his giving numerous concerts in the United States, England, and Japan. Miles has studied clarinet with David Etheridge, David Harman, and Loren Bartlett. A lively interest in all aspects of the art of performance is a quality that Miles brings to his current research project: Stravinsky's Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet: Interpretations by Great Artists. He serves as a Rico International Grand Concert Artist for Rico International and is a Yamaha Performing Artist.