The Single Reed Program

The Single Reed Program Located at the Perfect 5th

Title: The Single Reed Program

Genres: Classical

Skill Level: Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginner

Clarinet Instructor

Mary Farris


Mary Farris has been a professional freelance clarinetist and private clarinet instructor for over 30 years. Originally from Mechanicsburg, she recently returned to her hometown after a couple decades of maintaining a busy studio in the California Bay Area. In addition to classical performance and instruction, Mary has travelled extensively in Greece, Macedonia, and Turkey to study the rich folk and modal classical traditions of those regions. She continues to perform at Greek festivals and folkdance events across the US. Lessons with Mary focus on developing a strong technical foundation through scales, exercises, and etudes, while building expressive elements through solos and duets. She has taught ages 5 through 80, including students with unique needs, such aspergers or visual impairments. Through the lens of music, Mary strives to assist each student in realizing his or her unique potential.

Teaching Assistants

Shami Beni

Assistant for saxophone and clarinet.

Shami Beni started playing saxophone in the 7th grade to get out of general music class and now its his biggest passion. Shami attended Franklin Learning Center (High School) in Philadelphia PA for 2 years before moving to Enola and finishing high school at East Pennsboro Area High School. While in Philly, Shami was a part of the All City Band, Orchestra and Jazz Band on top of being selected to play in the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Bernstein’s Mass production. While at East Pennsboro, Shami was a part of select PMEA festivals and a part of Ronnie Walter’s CPFJ Youth Jazz Band. Shami currently studies Music Education at Lebanon Valley College with a focus on saxophone performance. He studies under the tutelage of Tom Strohman and Tim Wolfe. After graduation, Shami hopes to teach within the public schools and touch the hearts of the next generation. Shami has collaborated with notable musicians like Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Dick Oatts, Larry McKenna, Mark Ferber, Steve Rudolph, Ronnie Walters, Kirk Reese, Rico Jones, Benny Golson, Terell Stafford, Mike Titlebaum, and Steve Muak.