Columbia College Chicago

Meet the Faculty

Ozzy Gonzalez


Where did you receive your education? BM in Performance from Appalachian State University and MM in Performance from Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

What is your hometown? The Bronx.

What is your preferred age to teach? All ages, as long as you practice!

What is your preferred student level to teach? All levels, though I would love some high school students.

How long have you been at Sherwood? I joined the faculty in the Fall of 2010.

What do you want to impart to your students through your teaching? That making music is worth all the hard work.

What do you most enjoy about teaching? Watching my students grow as craftsmen and musicians.

Describe your musical pursuits outside of Sherwood. I prepare solo performances, take auditions and want to learn Klezmer.

What is your earliest musical experience or best musical memory? I will go with earliest. As a very young child, I would flip over trash cans to drum on them.

Please describe one of your favorite teachers or mentors. My grad school clarinet teacher, Carol Lee Smith. She is one of the most compassionate and sensitive people I know.

Who is your favorite composer or what is your favorite musical period? The Romantic period. I feel like the composers of that period really got expressing human emotion through music.

About Ozzy: As I mentioned I am from New York City. After a while I was moved down to Southeast Virginia and soon after joined band where I played bass clarinet through high school. It was not until college where I walked in to my first ever private lesson with a contralto bass clarinet! I was told to come back next week with a B-flat clarinet. It has been an adventure since.
When I am not playing clarinet, I am cycling around the city and finding new restaurants to explore. I am also a decent cook.