David Carter is Principal Clarinetist and Education Director with Tulsa Symphony. He is Acting Principal Clarinetist with the Tulsa Opera Orchestra and is also a member of Tulsa Camerata. Previously, Carter served for five years as Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. He has performed in the clarinet sections of many notable orchestras including the Fort Smith Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de la UANL (Monterrey, Mexico), and Detroit Symphony. He has also performed and presented master classes in the United States, Brazil, and Puerto Rico, and has appeared as soloist with orchestra and band on works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Rimsky-Korsakov, Corigliano, and Copland.


Dr. Carter earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Oklahoma as a Graduate Alumni Fellow. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree from the University of North Texas, a Master’s of Music degree from The Ohio State University, and a graduate certificate in orchestral studies from Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan). Carter is a Selmer Paris Artist and performs on Privilege clarinets. He lives in Tulsa with his wife, clarinetist Dr. Angela Carter, and their two children Adella and Simon.