Dr. Marina Sturm, Associate Professor of Clarinet, joined her first orchestra, the Phoenix Symphony, at the age of 18. She went on to join the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, Washington Opera/Kennedy Center Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and New Zealand Symphony.
During the summer months she has performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival, Santa Fe Opera, City of Barcelona Symphony, Caramoor Festival, OK Mozart Festival, and Bard Music Festival.
Dr. Sturm was born into a musical family in the Chicago area, where her father was Assistant Principal Cello with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Her studies began in Milwaukee at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Institute de Hautes Etudes Musicales in Montreux, Switzerland, Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, where she received her MM in Performance with Distinction, and State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she received her DMA.
Sturm won first prize in the National Clarinet Competition in Denver and was a semi-finalist at the International Competition in Geneva.
Prior to joining the faculty of UNLV in 2004, she taught at the Hong Kong Conservatory of Music, Lawrence University Academy, Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand, Stony Brook as a Graduate Assistant, and Bard High School/Early College in New York.
Sturm is currently a member of the American Symphony Orchestra and has performed with New York City Opera, Orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola, Orchestra of St. Luke's, American Ballet Theater, Columbia Sinfonietta, and Second Helpings, directed by Joan Tower.
Performance highlights include: 70th birthday celebration of Steve Reich at Lincoln Center, "South Pacific" at Carnegie Hall recorded and broadcast on PBS, International Contemporary Classical Music Festival in Lima, Peru, and Mito Chamber Orchestra with Seiji Ozawa in Japan.