Phillip Bashor has been principal clarinetist with the GSO since 1989. He studied at the New England Conservatory of Music with Harold Wright, principal clarinet of the Boston Symphony, and was a fellowship student at the Tanglewood Music Center for three summers. Mr. Bashor has been principal clarinetist with numerous orchestras, including the Cathedral Orchestra of Newark, New England Operetta, and Amore Artis. Principal clarinetist of the Kansas City Philharmonic for seven years, he also played principal clarinet with the New Haven and New Jersey Symphonies, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Dance Theater of Harlem. He has toured with the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble and played in thirty states with the Boris Goldovsky Opera Company. He has performed throughout the world at the International Contemporary Music Festivals of Chamber Music with the Lumina String Quartet, and performed twenty-two works especially written for him.