Cally Laughlin is an orchestral clarinetist, chamber musician, clinician, and private instructor based out of Chicago, IL.
As an orchestral player, Cally recently completed a 2-year membership (2016-2018) with the Civic Orchestra, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She was fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with CSO coach John Bruce Yeh (Assistant Principal and E-flat Clarinet) and number of conductors including Christoph Eschenbach, Ken-David Masur, Marin Alsop, Teddy Abrams, Rossen Milanov, Joshua Weilerstein, Nicholas Kraemer, Erina Yashima, and Jay Friedman, among others. Additionally, she has performed with various regional orchestras, including Quad City Symphony Orchestra, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Racine Symphony, Elmhurst Symphony, and Chicago Arts Orchestra.
In addition to her work as a performer, Cally is an an active private instructor and clinician in and around Chicago. She is the resident clarinet instructor at York Community High School, Whitney Young Magnet School, and Addison Trail High School. Cally's passion for music and teaching inspired the creation of a light-hearted YouTube channel dedicated to a fun but informative approach to clarinet pedagogy and repertoire. Several of her videos and articles have been featured by Vandoren in the weekly issue of WAVE.
A native of Granite City in Southern Illinois, Cally moved to Chicago in 2005 to attend college at DePaul University. There she completed both her Master's degree in Clarinet Performance (2011, with distinction), and Bachelor's degree in Clarinet Performance (2009, cum laude). While At DePaul, she studied orchestral, solo, and chamber music repertoire in addition to clarinet pedagogy with both Larry Combs and Julie DeRoche. Cally also took lessons with John Bruce Yeh and Stephen Williamson during her membership with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. While Cally's pedagogical ideas have been strongly influenced by her teachers at DePaul, she also had the pleasure of building a strong foundation during her high school years studying with Jeanine York-Garesche (St. Louis, MO).