Dr. Cody Grabbe is the Program Manager for the Arts Scholars at The Ohio State University, made up of around 300 students. The program offers students the opportunity to participate in programs that enhance their educational experience. These programs include lectures and specialized workshops, group excursions to museums and professional performances, a student art exhibition, community involvement, and domestic and international trips; develops and manages arts-based curricular and co-curricular programs. In this capacity, he teaches a first-year seminar and supports an arts focused community by creating opportunities for intellectual, social, and civic development on and off campus.

Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, he started playing the clarinet at the age of twelve. He began private study with Zoe Manning of Butler University at the age of fourteen and subsequently participated in several ensembles in the Indianapolis area including the Indiana Youth Wind Ensemble, the Indiana Wind Symphony, the New World Youth Symphony Orchestra, and as a participant of of Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Side-By-Side program. He also performed for renowned clarinetist Richard Stoltzman as part of a masterclass with graduate students from Indiana University.

In 2009, he completed his undergraduate study at the Jacobs School of Music after studying clarinet with Eli Eban, and bass clarinet with Howard Klug. While at Indiana University he gave several solo recitals and chamber recitals, including a wide variety of repertoire including newly published works. He also performed as principal of the several orchestras under conductors such as David Effron and Uriel Segal as well as serving as Concertmaster of the Wind Ensemble for Stephen W. Pratt. During this time he also served in many student leadership offices, including as a voting member of the statewide Board of the Indiana Music Educators Association. He was recognized by the government as a Fulbright Finalist and Alternate for 2009 for Belgium to study under Eddy Vanoosthuyse of the Hogeschool Gent. Dr. Grabbe speaks French and Dutch, and completed his Dutch language certification in 2009.

He completed his masters under Michèle Gingras and served as a graduate assistant and instructor at Miami University of Ohio, where he taught a fine arts course and coached chamber ensembles. He also studied saxophone under Dr. Jeremy Long and played baritone saxophone in the Miami University Jazz Ensemble. In the fall of 2011, he began study with Dr. Caroline Hartig of Michigan State University as a University Distinguished Fellow, one of that university’s most prestigious awards for students at the doctoral level. He served as a graduate assistant and instructor at Michigan State University and studied under renowned clarinetist, Theodore Oien of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and formerly of the Aspen Music Festival. In this capacity he taught undergraduate majors and minors as well as the clarinet methods course. He completed his doctoral degree at Michigan State with Dr. Guy Yehuda, newly appointed Associate Professor of Clarinet.

In November of 2009, Cody was selected as a winner of the Concerto Competition for his performance of Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie for Clarinet. He has performed in several orchestras in the Midwest, including the Detroit and Toledo Symphonies, as well as the Dayton Ballet. He is a founding member of the contemporary music group, Collective Behavior, CoBe, at Michigan State University. Cody has played for renowed clarinetists such as Charles Niedich, Eddy Vanoosthuyse (Hogeschool Gent), Dr. Robert Spring (Arizona State University), Dr. Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr (Michigan State University), Richie Hawley (Rice University), Jonathan Gunn (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra), Ron Aufmann (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra), Joy Farrall (Guildhall School), and Luis Rossi (Santiago Symphony Orchestra [Chile]). Cody plays on Buffet R-13 clarinets and a Buffet Prestige Bass Clarinet with mouthpieces made by Ramon Wodkowski.

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