Alicia Charlton, principal clarinetist, is an active freelance musician and teacher
in the Portland area. She also holds positions with Portland Chamber Orchestra and Newport Symphony
and is a regular substitute with the Portland Opera Orchestra. She has performed in numerous
orchestras and musical theatre productions, including the Oregon Symphony, Portland
Festival Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Salem Chamber Orchestra, Mock's Crest's "Gilbert & Sullivan"
productions, Clackamas Repertory Theatre and Lakewood Center for the Arts productions.
Alicia also delights in exploring the chamber music repertoire with her quartet, "Clarinets a la Mode", and "Trio Intime" (a cello, piano, clarinet ensemble). She has attended Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music Summer Festival in New Hampshire and annually attends "Into the Woods", a local chamber music retreat, where she plays her heart out with like-minded chamber music aficionados.
In her previous lives, Alicia has been a midwife, a devoted mother of two wonderful sons, a volunteer tutor, an event planner and she has served on several boards. After a long hiatus, she finally came to her senses and joyfully picked up her clarinet again. When she is not playing music, Alicia pursues her other passions of pottery, gardening, reading, cooking for friends and playing with her new, adorable granddaughter.