Ted Gurch is Associate Principal Clarinetist and E-flat Clarinetist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 1989. Prior to coming to Atlanta, he served for three seasons as principal clarinetist with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. He attended the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Stanley Hasty and Charles Neidich, earning his bachelor's degree and performer's certificate.While at Eastman he was active as a saxophonist in the school's jazz program, and was a member of the award-winning Eastman Jazz Ensemble.
Mr.Gurch continues to play saxophone on jazz, pop and classical programs,and has appeared as a concerto soloist with the ASO on saxophone as well as clarinet. An active chamber musician, he is a member of the contemporary music ensemble Thamyris, with which he has performed and recorded numerous world and regional premieres, including a current release featuring music from the National Black Arts Festival. He also performs with Bent Frequency, an Atlanta-based multi-media new music group, and is a member of Luna Nova, the contemporary music ensemble of the NITLE college association. He is an Artist in Residence at Kennesaw State University and an Artist Affiliate at Emory University, and he coaches the clarinet section of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra.