The First Coast
Sounds of the Season
Stephen Carswell, Shae Chappell, Ralph Coleman, Walt Hayworth, Lynn Jacobson, Chrystal Staples and Shannon Watson
The First Coast Clarinet Society was founded in 2005 by Shannon Watson, and always has fun playing and sharing music for multiple clarinets. This is their second holiday concert for the Library and a sure way to keep the season bright!
For more information about the Society please contact Shannon Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ralph Coleman (B-flat Clarinet & Bass Clarinet) is the string instructor at Pine
Forest Elementary School of the Arts, and previously served as middle school
band director in Baker, Clay and Duval Counties for 28 years. He is the music
director at Terry Road Baptist Church and has been associated with the Florida
Baptist Convention All-State Orchestra since 1984. A Jacksonville native, Ralph
has been playing the clarinet since he was in junior high school.
Walt Haworth (B-flat Clarinet) is a musical instrument repair specialist at Music
Time on Dunn Avenue. Walt, a Jayhawk from Kansas, played in an U.S. Army
Band for 20 years before moving his family to Jacksonville.
Lynn Jacobson (B-flat Clarinet) is the Head of the Cataloging Department for
the Jacksonville Public Library, and holds a music history degree from the University
of Southern Mississippi and a Master's degree in library science from the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lynn is a member of the First Coast
Pops Orchestra and the Jacksonville Community Band, and she has been playing
clarinet since she was in middle school.
Chrystal Staples (B-flat Clarinet) received her B.A. in music education with
emphasis in performance from the University of West Florida. She was formerly
the band director at both Nathan B. Forrest High School and Orange Park High
School. Although she now has her hands full as a full-time mom, Chrystal still
has time to assist husband Kent Staples, the current music director at Forrest
High. She is the band director at Jacksonville Country Day School, and is also
a woodwind instructor for the First Coast Community Music School located at
FCCJ's South Campus.
Shannon Watson (B-flat Clarinet, E-flat Alto Clarinet) recently left jacksonville to become
the Technical Services Librarian for Hernando County Public Library in Brooksville,
Florida (yes, she still comes back to Jax for practice!). Originally from
Cortland, Ohio, Shannon has a degree in music education from Youngstown
State University and taught private music lessons in Ohio before coming to
Florida (and no, she doesn't miss the snow!). She's been playing clarinet since
middle school and also plays bassoon, saxophone, and baritone.