Clarinetist Sandra Jackson is an international performer and clarinet instructor and an avid proponent of new music. She has been on the clarinet faculty at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp for more than twenty years where she has frequently given solo and chamber performances.
An active freelancer, she has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Martha Graham Dance Company, Grand Rapids Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Toledo Opera, Kalamazoo Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, Flint Symphony, Michigan Sinfonietta, and Michigan Opera Theatre. She has presented numerous recitals and masterclasses throughout the United States and Mexico.
An advocate of new music, Jackson has been involved with many commissions of new works for clarinet. She has been a member of commissioning consortiums and premieres for solo and ensemble works by composers, including James Stephenson, Roger Zare, and Daniel Baldwin. World premieres include Zodiacal Light, by Roger Zare, at Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Whispers and Evocations, by Peter Terry, at the ClarinetFest Conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which Jackson commissioned.
Jackson can be heard on several recordings, including They Were Mysterious Guests, by composer Zae Munn (Parma), and Music of Stephen Rush (Albany Records and available on iTunes). Additionally, she can be heard on recordings with the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de México (ASV).
Jackson is a frequent soloist with the Eastern Michigan University Wind Symphony and Orchestra and has performed on basset horn with the Detroit Chamber Winds. She was Principal Clarinet of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México in Toluca, México, from 1991-1995.
Jackson is the Associate Professor of Clarinet at Eastern Michigan University. She previously taught at the University of Toledo, the Sherwood Conservatory in Chicago, the Conservatorio de Música del Estado de México, and served as adjunct clarinet faculty for the University of Michigan and Western Illinois University,
She holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music (M.M.) and the University of Illinois (B.M.). Her primary teachers include Harold Wright, John Bruce Yeh, Richard Waller, and George Townsend.