John Friedrichs currently holds the positions of bass clarinet/assistant first chair clarinet with Symphoria and bass clarinet/3rd clarinet with the Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestra. Originally from Southern California, he performed with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Friedrichs attended the Eastman School of Music earning a degree in Music Performance as well as a Performer’s Certificate. While at Eastman he studied with D. Stanley Hasty, Michael Webster and William Osseck. Friedrichs’s other teachers include Melvin Warner, Edward Yadzinski and Michele Zukovsky.
In 1994, Friedrichs performed the Copland Clarinet Concerto with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Friedrichs also performs with the Society for New Music, the Buffalo Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic and Glimmerglass Festival.