meet the artist
Artistic Director and clarinetist of The Bold City Contemporary Ensemble
Boja Kragulj’s name translates to mean “color” and as a clarinetist, she lives up to the description. Sought after for intelligent and sensitive interpretations of both the classical canon and contemporary repertoire, she regularly appears in recital and gives masterclasses across the United States and Europe and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Jacksonville Symphony.
With secondary specialization in music technology, Kragulj combines her pedagogy and performance with tools available to educators and performers in the 21st century. As the Artistic Director of the Bold City Contemporary Ensemble, she encourages the use of improvisation and electronics alongside the premiere of new works and is a recording artist for Parma Records.
As a Fulbright Scholar and Ambassador, Ms. Kragulj breaks boundaries between Western classical traditions and Eastern Folk techniques. She is the first woman to pursue Turkish clarinet practices and has appeared on TRT broadcasts alongside her male peers, both a musical and political first in the Muslim region.
Actively maintaining a studio of 38 students, many have gone on to study in the nation’s top programs including the Manhattan School of Music, the University of Michigan, Florida State University, and Juilliard. But most importantly, every student passes through her studio with the ability to think critically, live passionately, and incorporate the arts uniquely into a life that is self-directed.
An award winning classroom instructor, Kragulj also holds a post-master’s certificate in music theory pedagogy. Studying alongside the nation’s top theorists including Jay Hook, Adam Ricci, Guy Capuzzo, and Dimitri Tymoczoko, Dr. Kragulj developed rare abilities to present the theory of Western Classical traditions in relevant and engaging formats. She is a “teacher of the year” award-winner from the University of North Carolina and has served as faculty member also at Southern Illinois University, The University of North Carolina-Greensboro, University of North Florida, and currently Jacksonville University.
Ms. Kragulj descends not from a single lineage of teachers, but rather a broad spectrum of teachers who represent the music industry and clarinet performance as a whole: Mel Warner (professor emeritus of Northern Illinois and the Chicago Sinfonietta), John Bruce Yeh (Depaul, Roosevelt, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Richard Hawkins (Interlochen Arts Academy and Oberlin Conservatory; mouthpiece craftsman), Kenneth Grant (Eastman School of Music and Rochester Philharmonic), Eric Mandat (distinguished scholar, clarinetist, composer, and expert in extended techniques), Kelly Burke (University of North Carolina-Greensboro), and Serkan Cagri (Turkish clarinetist and media personality). Her formal training includes a Doctorate in clarinet performance, a Master’s degree in music education, a post-master’s certificate in music theory pedagogy, a Master’s degree in music technology and production, as well as specialized certificates in postural education and corrective exercise for music performance.
Dr. Boja Kragulj can be heard on the Naxos, Navona, and Edition Lilac labels. She is an F. Arthur Uebel artist performing on Zenit Bb/A and Superior E flat clarinets.