Clarinetist Margaret Worsley has collaborated with Chamber and Orchestral groups around the world. She has concertized in Zimbabwe, Lesotho, South Africa, Mexico, Iceland, China, Canada, and much of Europe. Margaret is Principal Clarinetist of the San Bernardino Symphony and a full-time Professor of Instrumental Music at San Bernardino Valley College. She has been an active substitute for the Riverside Philharmonic Orchestra, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, the Fresno Philharmonic, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and the New World Symphony in Miami; and a soloist with the Dana Point Symphony, Corona Symphony, the Cal State Fullerton Wind Symphony, and Mt. San Antonio College Wind Ensemble.
Originally from Huntington Beach, California, Ms. Worsley received her undergraduate degree in Music Performance from California State University, Fullerton, where she studied with renowned Soloist Håkan Rosengren. Upon completion of her Bachelor of Music Degree, Margaret studied at the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada, with acclaimed Clarinetist Joaquin Valdepeñas. She obtained an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School and continued her studies at the University of Michigan, where she acquired a Master’s Degree in Clarinet Performance, while studying with famed pedagogue Deborah Chodacki.
Ms. Worsley moved back to Southern California in 2007, where she teaches and freelances throughout the area. She frequents elementary schools with the Clarendon Quintet through the Philharmonic Society of Orange County’s program “Meet the Musicians,” as well as with the West Coast Wind Quintet (WCWQ) through funding from the Golden Valley Music Society. Margaret has been recently hired as full-time Faculty at San Bernardino Valley College, and has served as Adjunct Faculty at Mount San Antonio College, Riverside City College, Fullerton College, and Cal State University Fullerton. She is the Artistic Director of the Orange County Clarinet Consort (OCCC), a board member of the San Bernardino Valley Concert Association, and a member of the American Federation of Musicians—in both Locals 7 and 47.
Margaret has an enthusiasm for reading, tending to animals big and small, singing badly in community choirs, faking it in the wine-tasting scene, and playing about five chords on her electric guitar. She’s married to Frank Lenz, who plays the drums and writes songs.