About Christopher Clarino
Dr. Christopher Clarino currently serves as Director of Instrumental Music at Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Southern California.
His dissertation, “At the Intersection of American Sign Language and the Performer-Percussionist: A Hybrid Practice,” chronicles the roles of gesture and language in the percussion repertoire, addresses abstraction, gestural iconicity, corporeality and cultural ownership, and documents his efforts to merge ASL and percussion into a new and idiosyncratic genre of interdisciplinary performance art.
Dr. Clarino has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, Harvard University and Georgetown University, and has been featured as soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and the USMA Concert Band at West Point.
He has studied under Steve Schick, John Beck, Eduardo Leandro and Michael Burritt.