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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 (specifically as a Woodwind Method Clinician for D’Addario & Co.). As an active educator, Dr. Sanders is constantly out in the community helping clarinetists of all ages live their best musical lives. 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, owns the Clever Clarinetist, performs with Xiphias Trio and other various ensembles, and is the Vice President of the American Single Reed Summit. Most notably, Larkin is the founder, executive artistic director, and is a clarinetist of the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra, a summer music festival in Branson, Missouri. Dr. Sanders is also a Woodwind Method Clinician for D'Addario & Co and is endorsed by Henri Selmer Paris, Silverstein Works, and Brian Corbin Clarinet Products. In addition to her activities as a clarinetist, teacher, and administrator, Dr. Sanders is also a composer and author of The Creation of the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra: The Performer’s Field Guide to Music Festival Foundation and The Clever Clarinetist’s Daily Scale Method: Scales and Exercises for Everyday Use.


Clever Clarinetist Owner, Dr. Larkin Sanders


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


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