Raissa completed her Master of Music degree at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague, under the tutelage of world class Dutch clarinettist Pierre Woudenberg. At the invitation of the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Raissa completed two long term independent music residencies as a soloist and chamber musician. A Canadian native, Raissa has been sponsored by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, twice receiving the individual artist project grant in music.
As a dedicated educator, Raissa is currently a faculty member at Long Island Conservatory of Music, where she teaches clarinet as well as academic classes. She also maintains a clarinet studio in Stony Brook University’s Undergraduate program and at New York Conservatory.
Raissa has performed at some of the finest venues all around the world; Canada, China, Europe, and the United States—including New York’s Carnegie Hall. Recently Raissa completed a short tour of Beijing and Duancun, China, where she gave a series of concerts and masterclasses.
Raissa regularly performs in the New York area as a member of the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra and Contemporary Chamber Players, as well as collaborating with various chamber music and small jazz groups and giving concerts as a featured soloist. Raissa is currently completing her Doctorate at Stony Brook University with the guidance of world renowned clarinetist Alan Kay.