top of page

“shapely, sensitive and subtle... tenderly amorous”

- Classical Source


Ralph Skiano currently serves as Principal Clarinetist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra after serving in the same position in the Cincinnati Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, and the Des Moines Metro Opera. 

Jan 6-7_24_ Photo 1.jpeg
January 6, 7 - Mozart and More

Chamber Soloists of Detroit presents music for piano and winds with DSO principal wind players. Program:

  • Poulenc Trio (oboe/bassoon/piano)

  • Reinecke Trio (clarinet/horn/piano)

  • Mozart Quintet (winds/piano)

bruce and brahms.png
January 16 - Bruce and Brahms

At Mexicantown Latino Galería-Café
2835 Bagley St, Suite 600, Detroit, MI 48216


Brahms was ready to retire, but the playing of a clarinetist brought him back in. DSO violinist Will Haapaniemi calls one of results of this new muse, the Clarinet Quintet in B minor, “one of the best chamber works ever written.” DSO Principal Clarinet Ralph Skiano joins for Brahms’s late miracle plus “joyful and always vital” music by American composer David Bruce.

January 25-28 - Finzi Clarinet Concerto

Emilie Meyer, a prolific composer in her own right, recalls something of Mozart’s style. English composer Gerald Finzi writes dramatically for both the DSO strings and Principal Clarinet Ralph Skiano, while Elgar’s Serenade puts the former entirely in focus. One of Mozart’s last symphonies takes us all on a ridiculously fun ride.

BTS cover.jpg
Behind the Screen

An inside look at the process that helped Detroit Symphony Principal Clarinetist, Ralph Skiano, achieve success in his own auditions. In this flexible guide, Skiano shows you step-by-step how you can effectively organize your materials and time in order to maximize your potential at your next audition.

Little Scores for Audition Success

Ralph Skiano has teamed up with Dr. Jeffrey Anderson to create clarinet ensemble arrangements of some of the most common clarinet excerpts that appear on professional orchestral auditions.

I enjoy working with self-directed students of all ages, including middle school, high school, college, and adult learners. 


In this 6-module digital course, I bring my book, Behind the Screen: A Winner's Guide to Preparing Your Next Audition, to vivid life. Step-by-step, I coach you to effectively organize your materials and time in order to maximize your potential at your next audition.

In our conversation, I share with you fantastic tips and tricks on how to practice mindfully, develop a solid process to prepare for auditions, nurturing mental strength, and so much more!

mind over finger.png
Live from Orchestra Hall


Enjoy video from live perfromances at Orchestra Hall in Detroit!

bottom of page