Christine Bellomy

Principal Clarinet

David and Ann Lawrence Chair

Christine Bellomy completed doctoral studies in clarinet at the University of Iowa in 2004. She holds positions in several Iowa ensembles, including principal clarinet in the Orchestra Iowa, second clarinet in the Quad City Symphony, and principal clarinet in the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band. In August 2006, she was invited to play a recital and teach master classes at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Christine enjoys chamber music, and performs regularly in a variety of venues. When not performing, teaching, or working as a cataloger in the University of Iowa Libraries, Christine enjoys reading, dinners with friends, and card games.


Coralville, IA

Year Joined Orchestra Iowa:

2000, subbed before that

Education& Teachers:

BM in Clarinet with Education Certification, University of Iowa, 1992
MA in Clarinet Performance and Pedagogy and Library and Information Science, University of Iowa, 1997
DMA in Clarinet Performance and Pedagogy, University of Iowa, Doctor of Musical Arts, 2004

Favorite Symphonic Piece:

Not sure I have one. I love about every piece by Brahms or Shostakovich though.

How did you start playing your instrument?

6th grade band. Of course I wanted to play flute and did not know what a clarinet was. Mom said to put clarinet down, so I did…

Who are your musical inspirations?

Originally, my mother, who sang and played guitar. Later it was my teachers. Although I have heard some wonderful playing by a variety of truly outstanding musicians, I am inspired by the wonderful, consistent playing of my woodwind colleagues in Orchestra Iowa.

If you weren’t a professional musician, what career would you have?

Well, I currently work full-time as a cataloging librarian. I have a private studio of clarinet students. I originally assumed I would teach college someday, but I truly love teaching young clarinetists.

List three things always found in your refrigerator:

Diet Coke, water, and carbonated water, reliably, as I love cold beverages.
If food, cheese, celery and ice cream.