Gunnery Sergeant Michelle Urzynicok
E-flat Clarinetist Gunnery Sergeant Michelle Urzynicok joined “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band in August 2000. Gunnery Sgt. Urzynicok began her musical instruction at age 12. Upon graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan in 1990, she attended the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in 1994 and studied with the late Peter Hadcock and Stanley Hasty. She earned a master’s degree in 1996 from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she studied with Deborah Chodacki. She also attended the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin, Germany, where in 1999 she earned a Diplom Orchester Musiker and a performer’s certificate in 2000.
Her solos with “The President’s Own” include Carl Maria von Weber’s Fantasia and Rondo, Witold Lutoslawski’s Dance Preludes, and J. M. Molter’s Concerto No. 1. In 2012, GySgt Urzynicok performed Vincenzo Bellini’s Gran Duetto Concertato “La Sonnambula” for E-flat and B-flat clarinets with Staff Sgt. Christopher Grant at the International ClarinetFest in Lincoln, Neb.
Prior to joining “The President’s Own,” Gunnery Sgt. Urzynicok was a freelance musician in Berlin and performed with the Preußisches Kammerorchester in Prenzlau, Germany.
Watch her interview in German about the 2013 Inauguration.