ANTHONY W. POEHAILOS IV, D.M. is a clarinetist, music teacher, and audio engineer residing in central Pennsylvania. He is currently serving as Adjunct Professor of Clarinet at Susquehanna University and Artist-Affiliate of Clarinet and Music Theory at Bucknell University. Prior to these appointments, he served as the Interim Lecturer of Clarinet at The Pennsylvania State University.
Dr. Poehailos performs as the principal clarinetist of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, and has previously performed with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra, Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, Heritage Theatre Festival (Charlottesville, VA), and the Penn's Woods Music Festival (State College, PA). He is a particularly experienced utility clarinetist, having performed on bass clarinet, E-flat clarinet, and even saxophone in these ensembles, and won First Prize in the International Clarinet Association’s 2018 ClarinetFest Orchestral Audition Competition in Oostende, Belgium, which featured both principal and bass clarinet excerpts. Dr. Poehailos recently appeared as a featured soloist with the Susquehanna University Wind Ensemble at the 2022 PMEA Conference, performing Guy Woolfenden's Rondo Variations.
Dr. Poehailos additionally works as a post-production audio engineer for Arts Laureate Inc., with experience editing and mixing both in-person and virtual ensemble projects. He has worked with a variety of high-profile clients including the All-Virginia Bands, Yale University’s Wind Ensemble, and the Choral Arts Society of Washington. He also presented a lecture on audio engineering basics for performers and educators at ICA’s 2021 Virtual Clarinetfest.
Dr. Poehailos's musical academic interests include clarinet choir repertoire, music theory, and recording technology. His doctoral treatise, "An Annotated Bibliography of Original Works for Clarinet Choir by 21st Century American Composers," examines 28 works, providing information about instrumentation, technical challenges and considerations, and background information about each composer and piece. During his doctoral studies, he pursued electives and independent study in music theory pedagogy with Nancy Rogers and Jane Piper Clendinning, and in the recording arts with John Parks. He presented his doctoral lecture recital on Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint as both the performer and audio engineer, demonstrating an approachable method to recording, editing, and mastering.
Dr. Poehailos graduated from Florida State University in 2020 with his doctorate in clarinet performance. His previous degrees include an M.M. in performance from Penn State and a B.M. in music education from James Madison University, where he was named the valedictorian of his graduating class. His teachers include Deborah Bish, Jonathan Holden, Anthony J. Costa, Janice L. Minor, Anastasia Christofakis, and James Tobin. He holds memberships with Pi Kappa Lambda, the International Clarinet Association, National Association for Music Education, and Kappa Kappa Psi.