Education, Clarinet and Saxophone Specialist, Kory Vrieze

Kory Vrieze, Music Education Specialist at Musical Innovations, received his B.M. in Music Education from Berry College and did his graduate studies at University of South Dakota in History of Musical Instruments where he studied at the Shrine to Music Museum. Prior to Riverside High School, Mr. Vrieze spent four years teaching at Chamberlain High School in South Dakota, followed by schools in Georgia and North Carolina. He spent 10 years teaching at Riverside High School. After his arrival at Riverside in 2004, the band program more than tripled in size and scope, adding jazz band, winter guard and winter drumline, while growing a top rate concert program. They have participated in Disney Magic Music Days and the Gator Bowl as well as receiving superior ratings at home. 

In 2010, Mr. Vrieze was named Artistic Director of the Foothills Philharmonic, a community orchestra in Greenville. The orchestra provides quality concerts to the public for free. 

Mr. Vrieze also formerly served as Manager of Education at the New Jersey Symphony which included working with the Greater Newark Youth Orchestra, the Newark Early Strings Program and the North Star Program. After several summers on faculty at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, he was promoted to Festival Coordinator for the 2002 and 2003 seasons. 

Mr. Vrieze currently holds the position of Adjunct Professor of Woodwinds at Erskine College. He has enjoyed performing as well as teaching by playing principal clarinet in the Huron Symphony, the Golden Isles Symphony and the Cherokee Symphony. He also plays in area groups such as Upstate Winds and the Greenville Jazz Ensemble and has spent several summers playing in the Sewanee Festival Orchestra. 

Mr. Vrieze has held memberships in the Music Educators National Conference, South Carolina Band Directors Association and has been the local president for the National Education Association in Chamberlain, South Dakota.