David Niethamer teaches clarinet at Longwood University and the University of Richmond, where he also conducts the Wind Ensemble. He performs with the Richmond Chamber Players, where he was artistic director from 1994-97, and with the National Gallery Orchestra in Washington, D.C. From 1979-02, Niethamer was the principal clarinetist of the Richmond Symphony. During that tenure, he appeared 13 times as a soloist with the orchestra, most recently for the world premiere of Allan Blank’s “Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra,” commissioned for Niethamer with funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Niethamer won critical acclaim and national recognition for the American premiere performances of Andre Casanova’s “Ballade for Clarinet and String Orchestra” during his first season with the orchestra. He has also performed with the Virginia Symphony.
Throughout his career, Niethamer has maintained a busy schedule of chamber music, recitals and teaching. He has performed at the Albemarle Festival with the Monticello Trio and the Brentano Quartet, with the Kandinsky Trio, the Composers Quartet and the Lenox String Quartet. From 1982-92, Niethamer was the clarinetist and artistic director of the Roxbury Chamber Players.
Niethamer performed at the 2001 University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, the 1990 ClarinetFest International in Quebec, at the 1988 joint conference of the International Clarinet Society and ClariNetwork International in Richmond, Va., and at ClarFest ‘86 in Towson, Md. He has also played recitals throughout Virginia. An interest in the work of living composers has led to collaborations with Karel Husa, Gunther Schuller and Ned Rorem. In Virginia, Niethamer has worked closely with Allan Blank, Judith Shatin and Joel Suben. Niethamer’s recordings are on the Opus One, MMC and Elan labels.
Niethamer’s teaching career has included two years as visiting lecturer of clarinet and chamber music at Ithaca College. He has conducted master classes and workshops at Oberlin College, Furman University, UNC Chapel Hill, University of Vermont, Tennessee Tech and the University of Alabama/Huntsville.
Niethamer also served for seven years on the board of Virginians for the Arts, a statewide organization encouraging funding for the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
Niethamer is married to the flutist Patricia Werrell. They have a daughter, Terren.