L. Ernest Gross (clarinet) received his Bachelors degree in Clarinet Performance from Baylor University (TX). In his senior year he won the College Woodwind-Brass division of the Midland-Odessa International Music Competition. He then won a Concert Competition in Graz, Austria, and recorded for the Austrian Radio. After studying in Vienna, Mr. Gross returned for his Masters degree in Clarinet Performance from Boston University. His teachers include members of the Boston Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony. While in New England, he performed with many area organizations, most notably the Springfield (MA) Symphony and New Haven (CT) Symphony as well as L'Ensemble, a professional chamber group based in New York. In 1982 he obtained the Bass Clarinet position with the Louisville Orchestra.