Academy of Arts

Allison Forst, Clarinetist

With 15+ years of playing experience, clarinetist, Allison Forst, began teaching clarinet lessons during her studies at the University of Southern Mississippi in 2017. From providing individual private lessons and working with small groups of young, beginner clarinetists to coaching a college clarinet quartet group, Ms. Forst has worked with clarinetists in both individual and group settings.When not playing her clarinet, Ms. Forst teaches music to special needs children, preschool through high school, in the Madison County Public School District. She also has a certification in clarinet repair and has been performing minor and overhaul clarinet repairs since 2016.

While studying music, Ms. Forst was a member of the Mississippi College Jazz Band, the Southern Miss Wind Ensemble, and the Southern Miss Symphony Orchestra. She was the clarinet section leader for the Mississippi College Wind Ensemble and performed in clarinet choirs and chamber groups. For the past 6 years, Ms. Forst has been performing with the Mississippi Community Band and the Mississippi Wind Symphony. She has also enjoyed performing in pit orchestras such as Mississippi College’s “Into the Woods,” and St. Joseph Catholic School’s “Wizard of Oz.”

Ms. Forst received her education from Mississippi College in 2015, earning a bachelor’s degree in music education. Throughout her education, Ms. Forst has studied with clarinet teachers such as Judy Dodson, Jackie McIlwain - the applied clarinet professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, and Kenneth Graves - the principal clarinetist for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.