A native of Vancouver, Mike Dowler is a freelance clarinetist specializing in new music and improvisation. He holds a B.Mus. and M.Ed. from U.B.C., and a M.Mus. from the City University of New York where he studied with clarinet virtuoso and New York Woodwind Quintet member, Charles Neidich.
He performs regularly with the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra as second clarinet/bass clarinet and is a member of the Vancouver InterCultural Orchestra performing newly composed works for Asian and Western instruments combined.
An active performer and advocate for new music and Canadian compositions, he has worked with organizations such as Vancouver New Music, Turning Point Ensemble, Sonic Boom/Vancouver Pro Musica, the NOW Orchestra, and has twice received grants to present "New Music in New Places" for the Canadian Music Centre.
Mike is on faculty with the UBC Summer Music Institute and the Pacific Coast School of Music, and is woodwind coach and chamber ensemble conductor for the VKYSO. He is a clinician for Tom Lee Music and an adjudicator for the Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts. He is also the clarinet and tin whistle instructor for the Celtic Traditions music school.
Mike performs on custom Leblanc Symphonie clarinets, and a Selmer model 67 bass clarinet, with Backun mouthpieces, bells and barrels.