A native of Lithuania, clarinetist Sarunas Jankauskas is an active performer in a variety of settings. Currently he serves as the Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Wichita State University and is principal clarinetist of Wichita Symphony Orchestra and member of the Lieurance Woodwind Quintet.
As a soloist, Dr. Jankauskas appeared with Round Rock Symphony Orchestra, Texas Festival Orchestra, The University of Texas Symphony Orchestra and Austin Singers. As a chamber musician he collaborated with Jasper and Aeolus String Quartets, Colette Valentine, Toby Blumenthal, Kris Becker and other accomplished artists. He participated in a number of concert series, including Spring of Harmony, Syzygy, Clutch, Music under the Stars, Kaunas Contemporary Music Festival as well as prestigious summer programs such as Sarasota Music Festival, New Music Workshop at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Round Top Festival-Institute and Texas Music Festival.
As an orchestral musician, Dr. Jankauskas also performed with Round Rock Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Texas Symphony, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and Brazos Valley Symphony. He is a prize winner at Entergy Young Texas Artists, Kingsville International Young Artists, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artists competitions as well as Round Top Festival-Institute, Butler School of Music and Grand Valley State University concerto competitions.
Dr. Jankauskas previously served on faculty at Texas Lutheran University. He received his degrees from Grand Valley State University, Rice University and The University of Texas at Austin. His principal teachers were Dr. Arthur Campbell, Richard MacDowell, Dr. Michael Webster and Algirdas Budrys.