North West Affiliate
Larry Mentzer was the principal clarinetist of the San Antonio Symphony for thirty years. A native of Pennsylvania, he received his Bachelor of Music in performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where he studied clarinet and chamber music with Rosario Mazzeo of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He received his Master of Arts from Trinity University.
Mr. Mentzer is currently on the faculty at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) where he teaches clarinet and is the director of the UTSA Clarinet Ensemble. With St. Philip’s College and the San Antonio Symphony, he helped develop the Music Advancement Program for qualified middle school band and orchestra students from the San Antonio Independent School District. He has taught clarinet at Trinity University, the University of the Incarnate Word and St. Mary’s University.
Before becoming a member of the San Antonio Symphony, he was a member of the Air Force Band of the West at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, performing on both clarinet and saxophone. Mr. Mentzer has presented recitals and clinics for the Texas Bandmasters Association (TBA), the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) and the International Clarinet Association (ICA). He enjoys a private teaching studio and is a recitalist, clinician, woodwind coach and adjudicator.