Marcy Bacon


Clarinetist Marcy D. Bacon joined the faculty of Nazareth University in 2008, where she teaches applied clarinet, clarinet techniques, and performs with the Wilmot Wind Quintet. She is the clarinetist for modern chamber music group fivebyfive, which was recently featured on the cover of City Newspaper and through performances at the Rochester Fringe Festival (2017, 2018 and 2019), WXXI’s Backstage Pass (2018) and WXXI’s Live from Hochstein. She is a member of Fem Vindar [a woodwind quintet], and has played in a number of local and regional orchestras including the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and Rochester Oratorio Society Orchestra. As a member of the flute/clarinet duo VocaSynth, she premiered Cylindrical Sea by Russell Scarbrough at the 2012 National Flute Association Convention in Las Vegas, NV.

Marcy earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in 2008 and holds a Master of Music degree from Michigan State University, as well as a Bachelor of Music degree from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Principal teachers include Kenneth Grant, Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr and Stan Stanford. Dr. Bacon holds Early Childhood and General Music Level I Certifications from the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML) and has served as the historian for GIML National. Additionally, Marcy is a founding member of the New York State Chapter of GIML (NY-GIML).

Dr. Bacon has presented sessions on wind quintet literature with her Wilmot Wind Quintet colleagues at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Winter Conference and the NAfME All-Eastern Conference. She has also presented sessions on the topic of audiation as it pertains to both early childhood and instrumental applications at the NYSSMA Winter and Summer conferences. Prior to joining the faculty at Nazareth, Marcy taught applied clarinet and clarinet methods at SUNY Fredonia for seven years. She has taught lessons with the Hochstein School and the Community Music School of the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, and general music in the Jamestown City School District and for the Diocese of Rochester. Marcy can be heard on the Oregon Catholic Press label playing sacred music and compositions by Jacob Avshalomov. She lives in Chili, NY where she maintains a private studio. 

School of Music Responsibilities

  • Applied Clarinet
  • Clarinet Ensemble


  • Eastman School of Music, DMA
  • Michigan State University, MM
  • Portland State University, BM