Amrom Chodos

  • Instrument: Second Clarinet
  • Member Since: 1980

Amrom Chodos is an orchestra and recital clarinetist and a retired high school music teacher. He studied clarinet with Leon Russianoff and Robert Marcellus, among others, attended the Manhattan School of Music and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Clarinet from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1972. Mr. Chodos' performance career includes service as an Army Bandsman in the West Point Band, a member of the "Creative Associates," an avant-garde music group in the Center for the Creative and Performing Arts at the University in Buffalo, a regular performer with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Assistant Principal Clarinetist with the Florida Symphony Orchestra in Orlando. He has been a member of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra since 1980. As a music teacher, Mr. Chodos directed the High School Band program at Barker High School in Niagara County, New York, a position he held for twenty four years. In 1984 he founded, and still conducts, the Barker Community Band, an adult concert band which, under his direction, has enjoyed great popularity in the local community. He taught Clarinet at the State University College at Fredonia, New York for seven years.Mr. Chodos grew up in Brooklyn, New York surrounded by the sounds of Jewish music which has had a great influence on his performance and compositional career. He has written many pieces following the traditional style of Klezmer.