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Joshua Ranz


Bass Clarinet
Joshua Ranz

Joshua Ranz currently holds the position of utility/bass clarinet with Pacific Symphony, with whom he also acted as principal clarinet on the 2006 European tour. He is also principal clarinet of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and was featured prominently with them on their European tour in the winter of 2008. He has recorded with Pacific Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and is active in the television and motion picture industry. Previous to coming to California, he was a member of the Honolulu and San Jose symphonies. Ranz is on faculty at Biola University. Since 2004 Ranz has performed regularly with the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, Calif. serving as principal this past summer (2011). He also performed as principal at the Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene, Oregon this past summer. In the summer of 2009, he performed in Maine for the Bay Chamber Concerts series with a roster of all-principal wind players from top orchestras around the country. He performed with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in western NY during the summers from 2001-2009. He has performed with South Bay Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Palisades, the Capitol Ensemble, Jacaranda and numerous other chamber music programs throughout Southern California. Ranz attended Yale School of Music where he studied with David Shifrin and received his Bachelor's degree at Harvard College, majoring in music composition and analysis. Ranz and his wife, oboe/English hornist Lelie Resnick, won their respective positions with Pacific Symphony eight days apart, in September 1997. They now have two sons, Jonah, born in October 2006, and Nathan, born in November 2009.