Photo by Katie Upton

Photo by Katie Upton

Justine Hamlin earned her Bachelors of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and her Masters of Music in Clarinet Performance from the New England Conservatory (NEC). During her time at CCM she performed in the contemporary ensemble, top collegiate orchestra, and wind ensemble and she won the concerto competition, earning her the opportunity to perform Nielsen's “Clarinet Concerto” with the orchestra. While at NEC, Justine became more active in chamber music and studied solo repertoire under the direction of world-famous soloist Richard Stoltzman. Additionally, Justine studied with master pedagogue Yehuda Gilad where they focused on teaching and learning clarinet technique. 

In her teaching philosophy, Justine emphasizes technical fundamentals of clarinet playing so that the student has the tools they need for any music-making they desire. Justine provides a coaching framework that encourages students to build their independence and critical thinking skills by having them analyze their own learning process.  

Justine is currently on faculty at West Valley College and the Community School of Music and Art. Her students can be heard performing with the San Jose Youth Symphony, El Camino Youth Symphony, California Youth Symphony, MTAC solo recitals, and at West Valley College. As a performer, Justine freelances in the Bay Area and has produced a number of chamber ensemble and solo recitals. Ensembles she has performed with include the Fresno Philharmonic, Santa Cruz Symphony, West Bay Opera, New Music Works, and others.