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The Clever Clarinetist specializes in selling fine clarinets, accessories, and educational resources to the Kansas City and global clarinet community. Founder and Owner, Dr. Larkin Sanders, is an expert clarinetist with a doctorate in clarinet performance from the Florida State University and over 10 years of experience in the music industry as a performer, teacher, composer, administrator, and retail specialist. As an active educator and performer, Dr. Sanders is constantly out in the community helping clarinetists of all ages live their best musical lives in addition to holding several applied university and orchestral positions. Consequently, all items for sale in this shop have been hand-selected and vetted by the owner. The Clever Clarinetist seeks to revolutionize the purchasing process in the clarinet world by providing complimentary consultations, clinics, and a pair of expert ears in every customer’s experience.

When you visit my store, whether in person or online, you should feel like a star. I want you to feel totally comfortable with your instrument and your sound, which is key to selecting ideal equipment. My focus is on your happiness and satisfaction, not on the sale at hand. I will provide you with honest and constructive feedback so that you can select the very best equipment for YOU.

-Dr. Larkin


Dr. Larkin Sanders is a native of Branson, Missouri, and currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri where she is the clarinet instructor at Washburn University and William Jewell College, owns the Clever Clarinetist (a clarinet specialty store), is the Executive-Artistic Director of the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, is the utility clarinetist for the Topeka Symphony Orchestra, and performs frequently with a variety of other ensembles. Dr. Sanders is a performing artist for Henri Selmer Paris, D’Addario & Co., Brian Corbin Clarinet Products, and she is a Silverstein Pro Team Artist. In addition to her activities as a clarinetist, teacher, and administrator, Dr. Sanders is also a composer and author of several books and self-publishes her original compositions and clarinet methods.

Larkin Sanders with clarinets and recorders

Clever Clarinetist Owner, Dr. Larkin Sanders

Larkin Sanders with grandfather

Clever Clarinetist Owner, Dr. Larkin Sanders & her grandfather, Stewart Sanders, playing clarinet duets in 2003.

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