Faculty Profile

Teresa Reilly

NMS Clarinet Faculty
Birds and Phoenix, bridges Eastern and Western musical cultures


Clarinetist Teresa Reilly earned a Master of Music Degree in Clarinet Performance from Northwestern University where she studied with Charlene Zimmerman and a Bachelor of Science in Music Degree from DePaul University where she studied with John Bruce Yeh. In addition, she has pursued advanced musical studies with the clarinet virtuoso Sabine Meyer in Lübeck, Germany. 

An avid chamber musician, Teresa has performed on diverse concert series, such as The Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, The St. James Cathedral series and The La Jolla Chamber Music SummerFest, and Fontana Chamber Arts.  Together with clarinetist John Bruce Yeh, erhu virtuoso Wang Guowei and pipa virtuoso Yang Wei, Teresa recently formed “Birds and Phoenix,” an innovative quartet dedicated to bridging Eastern and Western musical cultures.  

As a freelance musician, Teresa performs regularly with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and other Chicago area ensembles.  Teresa has performed in Carnegie Hall several times with the CSO as part of the clarinet section, and can be heard on various CSO Resound recordings.   Teresa has performed as a guest soloist with many ensembles in the Midwest.  Her playing is featured on the recording titled "Synergy," from the Naxos label, together with John Bruce Yeh, in a newly commissioned work for clarinet and basset horn composed by James David.

A passionate and committed music educator, she has served on the faculties of DePaul University, the Merit Music School, Peoples Music School.


Clarinetist Teresa Reilly is delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with students of the New Music School in an exploration of their musical talents. As an avid chamber musician and frequent performer with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and other Chicago area ensembles, Reilly has a strong commitment to teaching young artists and sharing her passion for musical performance. In working with students of all ages, Teresa focuses on sound production and developing solid technique, while tailoring her teaching to the individual needs and style of each student. Her love of teaching and her ability to connect with each student, creates a learning environment which inspires musical confidence -- a trait which can be applied to any discipline. Teresa inspires her students to have a lifelong appetite for learning and encourages them to perform regularly and to join youth orchestras and chamber ensembles.