Dr. Tori Okwabi is currently the clarinet specialist at Midwest Musical Imports in Minneapolis, MN. She has previously been appointed adjunct professor of clarinet at St. Olaf College, St. Cloud State University and the adjunct professor of World Music at McNally Smith College and World Music and History of Contemporary Music at Minneapolis Media Institute. Dr. Okwabi also holds a private studio in the Twin Cities where she teaches clarinet, saxophone and flute to post-secondary, high school, middle school and adult students. In addition, she has taught at Florida State University, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Community Music School, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and Eden Prairie Schools. As a clinician, Dr. Okwabi has conducted master classes through music outreach programs sponsored by St. Cloud State University, the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.
Dr. Okwabi currently performs as principal clarinetist for the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra (WSO), and served on the board 2013-2018. In addition to these venues, she has performed and lectured as a guest artist for national and international clarinet festivals where she performs and lectures on various topics and performs new music pieces.
Dr. Okwabi earned a Doctor of Music from Florida State University, a Master of Music from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She studied under the tutelage of Frank Kowalsky, Elsa Ludwig-Verdehr, Deborah Bish, Nathan Williams, and Linda Bartley.