A native of Dallas Texas, Cesar Palacio is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, where he studies clarinet performance under the instruction of Joaquin Valdepenas. Previously, Mr. Palacio studied at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music where he earned a B.A. in History and B.M. in Clarinet Performance through Oberlin's double-degree program. He has performed on masterclasses for Yehuda Gilad, Jonathan Gunn, Stanley Drucker, and Kenneth Grant among others. His past teachers include Gregory Raden and Richard Hawkins.
Mr. Palacio's past festival appearances include the 2015 American Institute of Musical Studies Festival in Graz, Austria, Round Top Music Festival 2014, Banff Festival's 2013 Masterclass series, the Marrowstone Festival in Washington, where he was awarded the 2013 clarinet fellowship, and Buffet Crampon USA's Summer Clarinet Academy in 2011 and 2010. In January of 2016, he performed with the Oberlin Orchestra and Contemporary Music Ensemble in Chicago Symphony Hall and Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall as a part of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music’s 150th anniversary celebration.
An enthusiastic teacher, Mr. Palacio has served as a guest faculty member and artist in residence for the National Concert Association of Panama's Youth Orchestra Festival during January of 2012, 2013, and 2014 in Panama City. He was the interim instructor of clarinet at the Oberlin Community Music School from January 2014 to May 2015, and taught secondary lessons through Oberlin College from 2014-2016.
Additionally, Mr. Palacio has performed in regional productions of several musicals, including Singin' in the Rain, Into the Woods, Company, The Drowsy Chaperone, 42nd Street, Man of La Mancha, Peter Pan, and Cinderella, doubling on assorted clarinets, saxophones, and flute. His playing can be heard on such recordings as Matthew Hindson's Flute Concerto "House Music" with Alexa Still and the Oberlin Orchestra, Juan Trigos' "Ricercare de Cámara VI" with solo guitarist Dieter Hennings and the Oberlin Sinfonietta, and the soundtrack of Paul Thompson's children's musical "A Place in the Castle".
I am a patient and focused teacher who seeks to help my students achieve their goals and become the best musicians that they can be. I’ve taught for five years at all levels, from beginners to college, and my students have enjoyed success in honor bands, solo and ensemble, and community groups.
Each lesson I teach is tailored to the student’s specific needs, and I strive to strike a balance between a focus on improving upon areas of weakness and affirming strengths. I piece together my curricula from a wide ranging library of only the most effective and time tested musical literature, introduced to me by master teachers that I myself have learned from during my own training.
The methods I employ in teaching are not only geared toward helping students improve at their instrument, but they also tie in to building useful skills outside of music, such as problem solving, perseverance, and self-awareness. Ultimately, whether or not my students pursue music on a professional level, I work to help foster personal growth and self-exploration through music making.