Vashawn Arora

Vashawn Arora is a clarinetist based in New York, NY. He has just completed his Master’s degree in Music Performance at Mannes School of Music, The New School, and is currently pursuing the Professional Diploma at Mannes. Studying with David Krakauer (and previously with instructors such as Charles Neidich, Anat Cohen, and Darius Jones), Vashawn focuses on and performs in a variety of different genres and styles, such as classical, jazz, and contemporary. Born and raised in Phoenix, AZ, he previously studied at Arizona State University, receiving his undergraduate degrees in Music Performance and Music Theory and Composition with Robert Spring and Joshua Gardner. His current projects and interests include freelancing with musical theater and opera pit work, teaching K-12 public and private school lessons, and releasing a new album composed of original works with his jazz group, in April 2024.