Joshua Gardner is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Music at Arizona State University, where he has taught since 2011, and is Director of the Performance Physiology Research Laboratory at ASU. Dr. Gardner received Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Clarinet Performance from the University of Kentucky and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University. He maintains an active performance career, performing with several ensembles, including the internationally recognized Paradise Winds, and is a frequent soloist with high school and college bands. He has performed and lectured at conferences for the International Clarinet Association, European Clarinet Association, International Double Reed Society, and North American Saxophone Alliance and has been featured on American Public Radio’s Performance Today. In addition to performing and teaching, Gardner has a strong interest in woodwind pedagogy and research. He won first prize at the International Clarinet Association Research Competition in 2008 and has presented lectures on tongue motion during clarinet performance throughout the US, often accompanied by live tongue imaging. He is currently exploring the use of ultrasound for quantified research and performance diagnostics. As part of the PPR Lab, Gardner often mentors student research initiatives. Current student projects range from examining embouchure force dynamics using thin-film force transducers to examining non-articulatory tongue motion during saxophone performance using ultrasound imaging.
Stefanie Harger Gardner is on the faculty at Glendale Community College, maintains a large private clarinet studio in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, and teaches at summer music festivals. She has served on the faculty at Northern Arizona University, Mesa Community College, and GateWay Community College. She completed degrees in clarinet performance at Arizona State University, studying with Robert Spring. Gardner has an active performance career, performing with several ensembles, including Arizona Opera, Phoenix Symphony, Symphony of the Southwest, the Mill Avenue Chamber Players, the Fountain Hills Chamber Players, and the internationally recognized Paradise Winds. She is a frequent guest artist with many high school, college, and community bands, and has performed abroad in Belgium, Italy, and Japan. In addition to performing and teaching, Gardner has a strong interest in woodwind pedagogy. In 2012, Gardner won first prize at the International Clarinet Association Research Competition with her study, “An Investigation of Finger Motion and Hand Posture during Clarinet Performance,” where she collaborated with the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing at ASU to study hand posture and finger motion during clarinet performance using CyberGloves®. Gardner has performed in conferences for the International Clarinet Association, the International Double Reed Society, the North American Saxophone Alliance, and the International Viola Society.