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Wagner Campos

BM Baylor University
MM DePaul University 

Courses Taught
Applied Clarinet
Chamber Music 


Born in Heredia, Costa Rica, Wagner Campos graduated from Baylor and DePaul Universities. His main teachers were Dr. Richard Shanley, Larry Combs and John Yeh.

His love for teaching has brought him to the faculties of the Costa Rican Youth Symphony, Merit Music Program, Lake Forest Academy and the Sherwood Conservatory. He has given masterclasses in Bogota, Colombia and in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He coaches the woodwinds for the Protg Philharmonic and the Classical Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his dedication to teaching, he is also an active freelancer performing with groups such as the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Joffrey Ballet Orchestra, AWRMusic, Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Ensemble, Chicago Chamber Musicians, CSO Music Now and the Fulcrum Point Project.

Some of his recent projects include a CD Recording, Romantic Songs for Clarinet and Piano, under the Southport Label, a commissioned work for clarinet and piano, Senderos que se bifurcan by Chuck Mason, and a published set of songs for clarinet and piano by Claude Debussy. In addition to his own recordings, he has recorded CD's with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, St. Charles Chamber Singers and numerous jingles for TV and radio commercials.

As a guest artist outside Chicago, Wagner has participated in concerts with the Symphonies of Milwaukee, Alabama and Charleston. He has toured with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony and the Gallician Symphony Orchestra. In 1998, he was invited to join the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra for a full season as Principal Clarinetist. 

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