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The opportunity to record Michael Daugherty’s Brooklyn Bridge has given Maureen Hurd a unique chance to come full circle. While a resident of New York City, her great-great-grandfather, Robert Lipton, an Irish immigrant, attended the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883, not long after landing in New York from Ireland at the age of seventeen. Lipton later continued his journey westward, putting down roots in and becoming mayor of a bucolic town in Iowa where Hurd was born and raised. Now a Brooklyn resident herself, Hurd has performed as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral clarinetist throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

She has appeared at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and in performances of contemporary chamber music at New York’s Merkin Hall and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in Alice Tully Hall. She has been a frequent featured performer at International Clarinet Association ClarinetFests® and she has appeared in concert in Japan, South Korea, France, England, Canada and Mexico. She has also recorded for the MSR Classics and Marquis Classics labels, including première recordings of clarinet works by Evan Hause, William Bolcom, Alan Shulman and Morton Gould.

Hurd earned all of her graduate degrees including the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music where she studied with David Shifrin and Charles Neidich and worked with materials in the Benny Goodman Papers of the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library. Hurd earned the Bachelor of Music degree at Iowa State University. Having joined the faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in 2002, she frequently performs recitals and gives master-classes, lectures and clinics at clarinet festivals, universities and conferences throughout the United States and abroad. She is a Conn-Selmer Artist.

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