Robert Walzel, Jr.

Robert Walzel

Contact Info

446 Murphy Hall
1530 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045-3103


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

Robert Walzel has served as dean of the University of Kansas School of Music from 2010 through 2022.

Performing extensively in essentially all mediums featuring clarinet and saxophone, he is hailed by critics as a “remarkable clarinet virtuoso” possessing “great finesse,” a “rich, warm, focused tone,” and “effortless technique.” Featured in performances throughout the United States and around the world, Walzel has performed in 30 countries and presented master classes and lectures at several of the world’s leading music schools. Partnering with pianist Steven Glaser as the Con Fuoco Duo, a collaboration extending 30 years, Walzel has toured as an Artistic Ambassador for the United States Information Agency (Department of State).

A proponent of jazz and other culturally influenced music, he 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.  For eleven years Walzel served on the faculty at Texas Tech University and as Principal Clarinetist of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra.

Previous administrative leadership positions include those at Sam Houston State University in Texas and at the University of Utah. A Past President of the International Clarinet Association, he has served two full terms as a commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Music.