Exclusive: Boston fires clarinet

Exclusive: Boston fires clarinet


norman lebrecht

July 29, 2019

We understand that Boston Conservatory has removed from its roster the international clarinet player and teacher, Michael Norsworthy. No reason has been given. It is alleged that a student complained of his conduct. We have requested a response from Michael Norsworthy.

Here’s the expulsion email from the Dean of Music:

From: Shinn, Michael
Date: Thu, Jun 13, 2019 at 5:02 PM
Subject: Faculty update
To: <allmusicdivisionfaculty@bostonconservatory.edu>

Dear All,

I write to let you know that as of today, June 13, Michael Norsworthy is no longer teaching at the Conservatory.We will handle communication with his studio. If you have any questions, please feel free to speak to either Matthew Marsit or me directly.

All my best,
Michael Shinn




  • The View from America says:

    Short and sweet. “Bam! — you’re gone.”

  • Ruben Greenberg says:

    His dog seems to be taking the news bravely.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Revolting dog. Has he nobody else to cuddle?

  • Joel A Stein says:

    Is that Scooby -Doo?

  • Sir David Geffen-Hall says:

    Well this news is certainly “News Worthy”

  • The facts come first says:

    This is a hatchet job. Don’t publish shit like this without corroboration of facts—specifically the facts surrounding his alleged conduct. And no, I’m not Michael Norsworthy writing this comment.

  • Kolb Slaw says:

    There are other faculty members that should be gotten rid of, for musical reasons.

  • Giovanni Martinez says:

    Hard to believe this article knowing that its author is a person that can’t be trusted and someone that based all his books and “researching “ in gossips, not real information, you should tell us who gave you that email address, maybe someone that wanted to get rid of that guy and didn’t have something to do, so they made this up! Liar!