Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Cody Grabbe 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, Cody 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. Cody speaks French and Dutch, and completed his Dutch language certification in 2009.

Cody 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 currently serves as a graduate assistant and instructor at Michigan State University and studies under renowned clarinetist, Theodore Oien of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and formerly of the Aspen Music Festival. He currently teaches undergraduate majors and minors as well as the clarinet methods course.

In November of 2009, Cody was selected as a winner of the Concerto Competition for his performance of Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsodie for Clarinet. While at Miami he has given several performances both as a soloist and as a member of the Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble. He has performed in several orchestras in the Midwest, including for the Dayton Ballet’s series “New Music for New Dance.” 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 Cent), Dr. Robert Spring (Arizona State University), Dr. Elsa Ludewig Verdehr, 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.

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