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Associate Principal Clarinet

Alicia Coward

Alisha’s love of orchestral playing began when she was 14, as a member of the Queensland Youth Orchestra. She studied clarinet at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music under the guidance of Floyd Williams and in her final year, was awarded a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music (London) to premiere an Australian opera by Andrew Schulz. Alisha was a member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Apprenticeship program and received the award for Most Promising Woodwind & Brass Player in the North QLD/Australian Concerto Competition. In addition to her current position as Associate-Principal Clarinet of The Metropolitan Orchestra, she was also the Principal Clarinettist in the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. She has held performing positions as Clarinet Section Leader of the Royal Australian Navy Band, the NSW Police Band, as well as appearances with other ensembles including the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia, The Royal English National Ballet, Australian Army Band, as well as other freelance recordings and performances.