D.M.A. University of North Texas; M.M. University of Houston; B.M. University of Houston
Since 2010, Robert Walzel has served as the founding dean of the KU School of Music.
Performing extensively in virtually every medium featuring clarinet and saxophone, he has been featured at music festivals and other venues throughout the United States and around the world. Selected by the United States Information Agency as an Artistic Ambassador, Walzel has performed in 20 countries and presented master classes and lectures at several of the world’s leading music schools.
A proponent of jazz, and other culturally influenced music, Walzel has premiered and recorded several new works written for him. He is featured on multiple recording labels including Albany, Navona, Con Fuoco Digital, and Mark Records. Active as a soloist and chamber musician, Walzel’s appearances have included those with such groups as the Santa Fe Pro Musica, Dallas String Quartet, Texas Clarinet Consort, Intermezzo, Kansas Virtuosi,Clear Lake Chamber Music Society, and Society for the Performing Arts in Houston.
For eleven years he served on the faculty at Texas Tech University and as Principal Clarinetist of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. Walzel previously held administrative leadership positions at Sam Houston State University in Texas and at the University of Utah. A Past President of the International Clarinet Association, he serves as a commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Music. Academic degrees include the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas, and master’s and baccalaureate degrees from the University of Houston.