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Dr. Karl Kolbeck is an Assistant Professor of Music at Wayne State College where he teaches applied woodwinds, woodwind methods, instrument repair, and directs the Wayne State College Orchestra and various woodwind chamber ensembles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Adams State College in Colorado as well as a Master of Music degree from The University of New Mexico, both in Clarinet Performance. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance from Texas Tech University, where he served as a graduate part-time instructor and sabbatical replacement instructor for the clarinet studio. His primary teachers include Dr. Barry McGinnis, Keith Lemmons, and Dr. David Shea.
Dr. Kolbeck has performed with numerous orchestras and other professional ensembles throughout Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona including the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and Roswell Symphony Orchestra, among many others. As a clinician and adjudicator he has made appearances at local, regional, and state festivals and has experience as a public school music teacher at all grade levels, including general music, choir, band, and orchestra. He has been a part of recording projects for Summit Records and Naxos and is an active member of the International Clarinet Association, North American Saxophone Alliance, International Double Reed Society, National Flute Association, College Music Society, and the National Association for Music Education.
Dr. Kolbeck maintains an active schedule as a woodwind performing artist, guest clinician, and adjudicator regionally and nationally.