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Robert Walzel

Professor, Clarinet
446 Murphy Hall

D.M.A. University of North Texas; M.M. University of Houston; B.M. University of Houston

Robert Walzel comes to the University of Kansas from the School of Music at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City where he served as Director. He previously served in a similar capacity at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas and has served on the faculty for eleven years at Texas Tech University and as Principal Clarinetist of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra.

Active as a soloist and chamber musician, he has appeared with the Ensemble of Santa Fe, Dallas String Quartet, Texas Clarinet Consort, Intermezzo, Clear Lake Chamber Music Society, and the Society for the Performing Arts in Houston. From major symphony orchestras to jazz and commercial music, Walzel has performed extensively in virtually every medium featuring clarinet and saxophone. International solo appearances include those in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Central America. With pianist Steven Glaser, Walzel has toured as an Artistic Ambassador for the United States Information Agency. The duo has also released a commercial compact disc, Con Fuoco: Duos for Clarinet and Piano. Walzel was Festival Coordinator for ClarinetFest '97, the annual conference of the International Clarinet Association, and currently serves as Immediate Past President for this organization. Walzel serves as an visiting accreditation reviewer for the National Association of Schools of Music.

Walzel received his Bachelor of Music Education (Magna cum laude) from the University of Houston, his Master of Music from the University of Houston and his Doctorate of Musical Arts in clarinet performance from the University of North Texas.

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