Theresa Martin

A passion for music

With passion for music


Theresa Martin (b. 1979) is an internationally recognized composer of energetic, melodious, and rhythmically driven music who often draws her inspiration from literature, images, nature, and personal experiences.  She enjoys writing music for chamber groups and large ensembles, and given her expertise in clarinet performance, is frequently commissioned to write for the instrument.  She has been commissioned by internationally prominent soloists including clarinetists Robert Spring, Joshua Gardner, Jana Starling, and Wesley Ferreira, tubaist Sam Pilafian, oboist Michele Fiala, bassoonist Albie Micklich, as well as organizations such as the Barnett Foundation of Chicago, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, the Arizona Wind Symphony, the Kairos Trio, Eufonix Tuba-Euphonium Quartet, the 10th and Broadway Clarinet Quartet and the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley Concert Band.  She has been awarded recognition by the American Composer’s Forum, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer's Competition, and NACUSA Young Composer’s Competition, and she has received several ASCAPlus awards.  Her music has been performed in Canada, Great Britain, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, Sweden, Spain, China, Taiwan, and Tanzania.  Her pieces are performed at international and national conferences such as the International Double Reed Society Conference, International Alliance for Women Congress, European Clarinet Association Festival, Xi’an International Clarinet Festival, multiple International Clarinet Association Clarinetfests, the Society of Composers, Inc. National Conferences, College Music Society Regional Conferences, Aspen Summer Music Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Georgia Music Educators Association Conference, American Composer’s Alliance Summer Music Festival, the TMEA Convention, and the CBDNA National Conference.  Studying both composition and clarinet performance, she received her DMA in composition at the University of Michigan and Masters’ degrees in composition and clarinet performance at Arizona State University. 

Dr. Martin currently has a private studio in Wisconsin, where she teaches lessons in composition, clarinet, and piano. She teaches adjunct at local universities, including St. Norbert College and the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley. As a clarinetist, she performs in the Fox Valley Symphony, Fox Valley Concert Band, Vento Winds, St. Norbert Orchestra, and the Dies Solis Woodwind Quintet. In addition to her musical activities, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son and daughter.