Légère Artist Feature | John Moses
This week we interviewed the incredibly talented John Moses who has been a #LegereArtists for many years! John is the first clarinetist with the American Composers Orchestra, the New York Pops and the Westchester Philharmonic. John has been honored with five Grammy Awards for his work on Broadway, where he has played over 26 shows, including “Wicked” for the past 14 years.
John says “Légère is the reed of the future” and we couldn't agree more!
Why did you choose the clarinet over other reed instruments?
My band director in Jr. HS chose French Horn for me, then found he needed clarinets for the school band, and asked me to switch to clarinet! Lucky for me J
What keeps you motivated to practice and play?
My parents and school friends, when I was young! I seemed to come to the clarinet easily & enjoyed the success I had at school & other venues. Now, my difficult music demands me to keep busy practicing.
What advice would you give to intermediate musicians taking the leap to the advanced/professional tier?
Practice, practice, practice!!! Find the very best teachers & music coaches. Study music theory, and music history. Listen to the greats & go to concerts & recitals. Encourage your friends!
How has your musical life changed since you started playing Légère reeds?
My good friend Guy Legere introduced me to the life changing Legere reeds about 10 years ago. We worked on the Signature Series to make it ever better. It has made my professional life here in NYC better in every way, winning praise & great press! “Legere is the reed of the future”
What’s next for you in your musical career?
As a professional musician for over 50 years, I am proud to say “I’ve done it all”: Broadway, Symphonic, Commercial, Pops & Contemporary music, College & private teaching, and now lecturing at music venues (encouraging Legere reeds).