Clarinetist John Varineau was born in Laramie, Wyoming, the son of a University of Wyoming math professor and Cheyenne Frontier Days Queen. He attended Michigan State University for two years as a student of Keith Stein, and then received his Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Wyoming, studying under Ralph Strouf. He received his Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music where he was a student of Keith Wilson.
As an orchestral musician, he has performed with the New Haven Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of New England (principal clarinet) and the Grand Rapids Symphony. As a chamber musician, he performed at the Yellow Barn Music Festival in Vermont for seven years, was a member of the Musical Arts Consortium, and was a founding member of Music at Eden's Edge of Essex, Massachusetts. Currently he performs with Montage, and Ma non troppo, both based Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is active as a recital clarinetist.
Mr. Varineau is the associate conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony and conductor of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Grand Rapids Classical Orchestra. As a conductor, John Varineau has recorded seven CDs, three featuring the music of Margaret Buechner with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and four with the Grand Rapids Symphony. He is a frequent guest clinician.
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