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Andrew DeBoer


Andrew DeBoer

Department Chair

Theater Arts


Hailed for his “impressive array of colors and moods,” Andrew DeBoer is the Department Head of Music and Theatre and Associate Professor of Music, Clarinet at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. He serves as principal clarinetist with the Fort Smith Symphony and regularly plays with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. He has also played with such orchestras as the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Arizona Opera, and the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. DeBoer has also soloed with a variety of ensembles, including the Fort Smith Symphony, Hastings Symphony, and 43rd Army Band.

Alongside his performance career, DeBoer is passionate about teaching. Some of his students have been accepted at such prestigious schools as the Cleveland Institute of Music, New York University, Arizona State University, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma City University, and The Ohio State University. DeBoer has also recorded several solo albums, an album as part of the Wind and Wood Duo, and can be heard on the Fort Smith Symphony’s critically-acclaimed album of Florence Price symphonies.

DeBoer completed both his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at Arizona State University with internationally renowned artist and teacher, Robert Spring, and earned a Bachelor of Music with Debra Rhodes at Hastings College. Additional studies include those with Pascual Martinez-Forteza (New York Philharmonic Orchestra), Susan Warner (Chicago Lyric Opera), and Bill King (Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra), among others.