Emmanuel Toledo, Clarinet

Emmanuel Toledo joined Phoenix in Fall 2015 and is eager for the exciting line-up of pieces, venues, and themes that Phoenix has in store for you! A true clarinetist by nature, you’ll often find Emmanuel cracking corny jokes in rehearsals — not too often(?) — while searching for “just the right reed”. His wife, Phoenix flutist Kate Lemmon, does a pretty good job of making sure he doesn’t get too crazy by giving Emmanuel the “Do you mind?” look that he knows all too well.

Having recently moved from the Detroit Metro Area to Boston, Emmanuel has made appearances with groups such as Unitas Ensemble, Orchestra of Indian Hill, MetroWest Opera, Commonwealth Lyric Theater, Toledo Symphony, Windsor Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, New World Symphony, and CityMusic Cleveland. In 2009, Emmanuel was invited to perform as a member of the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, an initiative led by the Sphinx Organization in Detroit that celebrates African-American and Latino cultures. Emmanuel served as Principal Clarinet of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra from 2010 to 2015.

In addition, Emmanuel has collaborated with a wide array of musicians from classical virtuosi such as Midori, Sarah Chang, and Jan Vogler to pop sensations such as Art Garfunkel, Kenny G, and Ben Folds. In addition, Orchid Classics recently released pianist Gabriela Montero's orchestral debut album (featuring the YOA Orchestra of the Americas), and Emmanuel appears in the album's recordings of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor and Montero's original composition, ExPatria. His beautiful wife is also on these recordings!

Outside of his life as a performer, Emmanuel works as full-time Band Director at Lawrence High School’s 9th Grade Academy. In the 9GA Band program, students learn the values of courage and ambition in a daily musical setting.