I'm the clarinetist and founder of the Akropolis Reed Quintet. I believe in playing the clarinet with personality, power, and passion. I found my voice through chamber music, and I've never looked back.
I want to help you find your voice, too. YOU have a unique sound and story to tell through music, and I can help you get there. My decade-long performance career has taken me from Alaska to Abu Dhabi, and as a creative entrepreneur, I help run Akropolis' six-figure nonprofit while giving over 120 performances and educationally events each year.
Your musical career can be anything you want it to be IF you practice, persevere, and have a presence. Let's find your voice and share it with the world, together!
Kari Landry is a Backun Artist and clarinetist of the acclaimed Akropolis Reed Quintet, as well as the Marketing and Development Manager of Akropolis’ 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. She manages the organization’s branding, marketing, web design, advertising, social media, fundraising, and more. Since 2016, Kari has been an intermediate lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance where she teaches music entrepreneurship courses.
Founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan and hailed by Fanfare Magazine as performing with “imagination, infallible musicality and huge vitality”, Akropolis delivers over 120 performances including ticketed recitals, K-12 outreach, and community residency activities annually. Celebrating their 10th anniversary, Akropolis’ 2019-20 season features 10 commissions for the ensemble including Storm Warning, the first concerto for reed quintet and wind band by Roshanne Etezady.
With Akropolis, Kari received the Fischoff Gold Medal in 2014, the Grand Prize at the MTNA and Plowman chamber music competitions consecutively in 2011, and prizes at three additional national competitions. Through Akropolis, Kari has commissioned more than 70 new works from prominent composers around the world, released 3 studio albums, with the most recent release dubbed "Pure Gold" by the San Francisco Chronicle, and has collaborated with BodyVox Dance, My Brightest Diamond, and the Dover Quartet on multi-disciplinary performances.
With Akropolis, Kari was also the winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award and noted for “Demonstrating outstanding and imaginative programming for children and youth in the United States" (Fischoff National Chamber Music Association). Kari continues to be a dynamic educating force that has engaged over 40,000 school-aged children and young adults with Akropolis in the last decade. This includes special appearances at homeless shelters, libraries, youth centers, art museums, and other community venues to increase audience access and appreciation for classical music.
Kari received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in clarinet performance from the University of Michigan, studying with Cleveland Orchestra clarinetist Dan Gilbert and attended the Aspen Music Festival for two summers during college. Committed to increasing arts access within communities, Kari earned an additional Masters Degree in Arts Administration from Eastern Michigan University and was an intern at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Kari owes her musical success to her instructors Dan Gilbert, Chad Burrow, Ted Oien, and Suzy Dennis-Bratton.