OUR MISSION: We aim to aid our customers in finding the right clarinet and saxophone equipment for them. We only stock insturments that we have personally tested and guaruntee will meet all your needs. We also aim to keep our prices well below the price of buying a comparable new instrument of the same brand. With Single Reed Conultants, customers will receive high-quality insturments and accessories for excellent prices.
April Johannesen is the 2nd clarinetist with the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra. April received her Masters Degree from the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. There she served as assistant conductor to Dr. Paul Shelden for the Brooklyn College Wind Ensemble and as a Director of Chamber Ensembles. Her principal teachers have included Mark Nuccio, Bil Jackson, Paul Garner and David Weber. Ms. Johannesen spent several years in New York City as an active free-lance musician playing with such groups as the School of American Ballet Orchestra, the Greenwich Village Orchestra, the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra, the New York Repertory Orchestra, the Spectrum Symphony Orchestra, the Musica Bella Orchestra of New York, and the Long Island Pops Orchestra. While in New York City, April studied extensively with Mark Nuccio, associate principal and Eb clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic. During this time she also owned and operated The Johannesen Music Studio, a private teaching studio in Long Island employing eight teachers of various instruments teaching over 120 students. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband, composer and saxophonist, Wil Swindler. Together they operate Single Reed Consultants, a woodwind company. When not in Colorado to play with FCSO, Mountain Winds or the Northern Woodwind Quintet, April is traveling the country performing with other symphony orchestras and giving lectures and clinics on clarinet performance.
Wil Swindler, originally from Central Texas, began studying music at age 5 and picked up the saxophone at age 9. He earned a B.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas in 2001 where he played in, composed for, and recorded with the 1:00 Lab Band. In Sept 2001, Wil relocated to New York City, where he played with Toshiko Akiyoshi and Bill Warfield's NY Fusion Ensemble among others. During his time in New York, Wil studied saxophone and composition with Dave Pietro, Michael Abene, and Jim McNeely. Following a move back to his hometown of Austin, TX in 2003, Wil co-founded the 10-pc Chamber Jazz Ensemble and served as musical director for vocalist Kevin Ahart. He has lived in Colorado since March 2006 where he plays with the 9th and Lincoln Orchestra, the Colorado Jazz Orchestra, Onda and leads his own groups the Wil Swindler Quartet and Wil Swindler's Elevenet. Drawing inspiration from jazz greats Cannonball Adderley, Gil Evans, John Coltrane, and others, as well as modern musicians from Chris Potter and Maria Schneider to Bjork and Rufus Wainwright, Wil performs and composes out of a belief that art-music is an essential component of modern life that enriches our culture and our lives as individuals . . . well, that, and the fact that it's really fun.