Dr. Christopher Ayer, a native of Fredericton, New Brunswick, and a graduate of Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada, is an active performing artist and educator having taught clarinet at the college level for the past 24 years-20 at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas where he is Professor of Clarinet. Over the past ten years he has presented clinics at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference, the Texas Bandmasters Association Conference, and the Midwest Clinic, as well as performing at the International Clarinet Association’s annual ClarinetFest. Dr. Ayer’s performances and master classes over that time have taken him to Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, and across the United States. With his wife, Kae Hosoda-Ayer, he performs chamber recitals as Duo Karudan. He holds graduate degrees in clarinet performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Ayer is a Yamaha Artist-Clinician and performs exclusively on the YCL-CSVR-ASP B-flat and A clarinets.