Clarinetist Candis Badgley Carlson enjoys a multifaceted career as a sought-after chamber musician, freelancer, educator, and artistic director. Currently based in Los Angeles, she teaches clarinet and chamber music at California State University Northridge.
A passionate chamber musician, Mrs. Badgley Carlson founded Valley Chamber Ensembles, a Los Angeles-based non-profit that strives to enrich the community by providing an experience and an education through chamber music. Through four seasons, she has programmed several unique concerts and become a grantee of the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture. In demand as a chamber musician, Candis has also performed with the LA Chamber Music Company, the Felici Trio, N’Cinq woodwind quintet, Exploration Music Project, and most recently at CSUN ChamberFest.
As an active orchestral musician, she has worked with numerous orchestras including OperaSLO, Mission Opera, Lompoc Pops Orchestra, Ventura Symphony Orchestra, Sierra Nevada Pops Orchestra, Valencia Philharmonic, and Moorpark Ballet Company. She has performed as a soloist with the CSUN Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the 2016 Concerto Competition. Additionally, Mrs. Badgley Carlson has recorded for motion pictures and several short films, most recently recorded for the BMI program Uni Music Mentors with Emmy-nominated composers Cindy O’Connor, Rebecca Kneubuhl, and Tony Morales.
Featured on such recordings as Music from the Heart from the Heartland, Candis has been described as possessing “an innate and intuitive sense of musical nuance with a beautiful tone.” Mrs. Badgley Carlson received her Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, from Wichita State University under Dr. Suzanne Tirk, and her Master of Music, with distinction, from CSUN under Dr. Julia Heinen.