Dr. RAPHAEL P. SANDERS, JR is currently Professor of Clarinet at the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam. Dr. Sanders holds degrees from the University of Hawaii, the SF Conservatory of Music and Uinversity of North Texas. Raphael’s clarinet mentors include Robert Marcellus, David Breeden, Henry Miyamura, and James Gillespie. Originally from Hawaii, Raphael has performed with orchestras in San Francisco, Houston and New York, the USAF Band, and has taught at the college level in Texas and Nevada. He is a member of the acclaimed group Texas Clarinet Consort. Raphael performed his New York City debut recital in June 2005. He also co-directs the renowned Crane Clarinet Choir. Dr. Sanders is a performing artist with Backun, Silverstein, and D’Addario. He is currently the I.C.A. NY State Chair. In 1997 Raphael established the I.C.A. Orchestral Audition Competition. He currently performs exclusively on Backun Clarinets, Silverstein ligatures, and D’Addario Reserve Classic Reeds.