Mary has been teaching clarinet professionally since 1992 and has enjoyed building lifelong connections with her students from Louisiana to Ohio and from Virginia to Texas. Since her university teaching began in 1996, Mary has had the pleasure of working with hundreds of college students while maintaining outreach and recruiting events and lessons for thousands of middle- and high- school clarinetists. She has been an adjudicator from local to state to national and international events and is honored to have played a small part in the education and enjoyment of so many musicians over the years.
She currently serves as Full Professor of Clarinet at Texas A&M University – Commerce after holding previous teaching positions at James Madison University (VA) and Louisiana State University.
She has built an active and successful clarinet studio at Texas A&M University – Commerce where she has been since 2002. Students under her tutelage thrive, often receiving awards, teaching fellowships, research fellowships, scholarships, and performance jobs after graduation.
The university has recognized Dr. Druhan with awards in the areas of both teaching and research including the H.M. Lafferty Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity (2016), the James “Jim” Vornberg Award for Teaching (2011) and the University Faculty Research Award (2010).
2016, H.M. Lafferty Distinguished Faculty Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity (with Dr. Julee Kim Walker, recipient of the 2016 Junior Faculty Award).
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Dr. Druhan with great friend and colleague, Dr. Ted Hansen who has written several wonderful pieces for her throughout the years, including Triforia, namesake of the chamber ensemble Triforia Winds.
Dr. Druhan is a member of The Education Committee for The Dallas Winds which works to plan impactful educational outreach and community service events in the greater Dallas area. Major projects for this group include the DISD Fifth Grade Concerts and the Dallas Winds Summer Band Camp (see videos below).
Summer Program – NAMM Video:
Fifth Grade Concerts:
In 2019 Mary created an educational resource publishing company for her clarinet teaching. MADclarinet focuses to create quality pedagogical resources for clarinetists and their teachers in eBook format. You can find more information here: