The following is an article originally published in the Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Magazine, Issue 2, March 1999.
Robert Marcellus, one of America’s greatest and most influential clarinettists and teachers, died on 31 March, 1996. He was principal clarinettist of the Cleveland orchestra, under George Szell, from 1953 - 1973. During his tenure in Cleveland, he was Clarinet Department Head at the Cleveland Institute. After his retirement from the orchestra, he was Professor of Clarinet at Northwestern University from 1974 - 1994. His week-long master classes, held each summer (1974 - 87) were one of the highlights of his teaching career.