Meet David Ciucevich

With a diverse portfolio of talents (clarinetist, operatic tenor, saxophonist, guitarist, flutist, percussionist, conductor, educator, and musicologist), David Ciucevich enjoys a varied, fulfilling life and career as a musician.  In January 2018, David made his Carnegie Hall debut singing Tenor I with The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus in Haydn’s The Seasons.  He served as Lecturer of Clarinet and Music History at The College of St. Rose (NY) and maintains an active teaching studio.  He has played Principal Clarinet with many orchestras including Heights Youth Theatre (OH), Berkshire Opera (MA), Tri-Cities Opera (NY), Fort Collins Symphony (CO), and as Bass Clarinet of the Berkshire Symphony (MA) and Eb and Bass Clarinet of the Cheyenne Symphony (WY).  In addition, David has performed as clarinetist with several Broadway touring productions including South Pacific, West Side Story, and The Phantom of the Opera and on clarinets, saxophones, flute, harmonica, and percussion in shows at Oberlin College (OH), Playhouse Square (Cleveland), Kent State University (OH), Aurora Community Theatre (OH), Mercury Theatre Company (OH), and Heights Youth Theatre (Cleveland).

As an operatic tenor, David performed with The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus, and currently as soloist and section leader at Old Stone Church (Cleveland) and in solo octets at Park Synagogue (Cleveland) and Temple Israel (Akron).  He was one of fourteen solo singers worldwide chosen in 2012 to participate in the “Vienna: Language of Lieder” program of German language study and lieder in Vienna, Austria which culminated in a recital performance in the birth home of Franz Schubert.  David has appeared as soloist in the Verdi Requiem, Beethoven Missa Solemnis, Schubert Mass in G and has extensive professional chamber choir experience with ensembles in Philadelphia and New York City.   

As a passionate Beatles fan, David performs as a singer, rhythm guitarist, and clarinetist in various Beatles “sound-a-like” groups and solo at venues including the FestForBeatlesFans (NJ) and Kent (OH) Beatlefest.  

As a musicologist, David writes program notes and gives education talks for orchestras, has written liner notes for the first complete recorded cycle of the symphonies of the noted African-American composer William Grant Still for Naxos Records , reviewed CDs for the American Record Guide, and has produced and taught many classes including “Beethoven and His Nine Symphonies” and “The Rite of Spring- The Birth of Modern Music”.  

A native of Savannah, GA, David holds a MM with a Double Degree in Clarinet Performance and Music History from the University of Northern Colorado and a BM in Clarinet from Georgia Southern University.  His clarinet teachers include legendary Cleveland Orchestra clarinetists Robert Marcellus and Theodore Johnson and their students Mark Nuccio and Bil Jackson.  His voice teachers include Tim Culver, Claudia Friedlander, and Heidi Skok.  David’s first cousin is the beloved American lyricist, singer, and composer Johnny Mercer. 

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