Paul R. Demers was appointed bass clarinetist of The Philadelphia Orchestra by Christoph Eschenbach in March 2006. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Demers performed as bass clarinetist with various orchestras, including the National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, among others. In 1997 Mr. Demers won a position with “The President’s Own” Marine Band in Washington, D.C. During his four-year tenure with the Marine Band, he performed as a member of the clarinet section, and as a soloist, chamber musician, and E-flat clarinetist. As a chamber musician, Mr. Demers has performed at numerous music festivals, including the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, the Saratoga Chamber Music Festival, the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, and the Bravo! Vail Chamber Music Series. In Philadelphia, he performs regularly with the Dolce Suono Ensemble and the Network for New Music. He currently serves on the faculty of Boyer College of Music at Temple University. During the summer months he teaches at Curtis Summerfest and the New York State School of Orchestral Studies. Originally from Westbrook, Maine, Mr. Demers attended the University of Southern Maine. He continued his studies at DePaul University in Chicago, where he earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees and a Certificate in Performance. His primary teachers were John Bruce Yeh and Larry Combs. Mr. Demers is an F. Arthur Uebel clarinet artist and performs on “Zenit” clarinet (silver key with golden posts) and bass clarinet: “Emperior”.
Paul Demers, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet of The Philadelphia Orchestra.