Karl Kolbeck

Assistant Professor of Music, Woodwinds, Director of Orchestra


photoDr. Karl Kolbeck joined the faculty of Wayne State College in 2011, where he currently teaches all applied woodwind lessons, woodwind methods, coaches and conducts all woodwind chamber ensembles and the WSC Orchestra, in addition to teaching classes such as instrument repair, music history, and music appreciation, among others.  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.  Dr. Kolbeck is also a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Clarinet through the Music Teachers National Association.  His primary teachers include Dr. Barry McGinnis, Keith Lemmons, Dr. David Shea, and David Dees.

Dr. Kolbeck has performed with numerous orchestras and other professional ensembles throughout Nebraska, Iowa, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona including the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and Roswell Symphony Orchestra, among many others. He currently performs with the Sioux City Rockestra, Sioux City Municipal Band, Crazy 8 Brass Band, Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble, and has appeared with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.  He is a founding member of the Black Box Trio, a group dedicated to performing chamber music written for violin, clarinet, and piano.  Dr. Kolbeck has also performed at the ICA Clarinet Fest 2014 in Baton Rouge as part of the College Professors Clarinet Choir.

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. Dr. Kolbeck currently serves on the Nebraska State Board for MTNA as the Young Artist Solo and Chamber Music Competitions Coordinator.  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, Music Teachers National Association, and the National Association for Music Education. 

Upcoming Events

April 20-August 31

WSC Juried Student Exhibit

Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery

Opening Reception:

April 20, 4:30-6:00 p.m.


April 28

Joshua Calkin, tuba

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


April 29

Black and Gold

Show Choir

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


April 30

Plains Writers Series

Humanities Lounge, 2:00 p.m.

Fiction Slam

The Max Bar & Grill,

7:00 p.m.


April 30

Wildcat Big Band (Jazz)

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.


May 2

Jerod Kohler, trombone

Ley Theatre, 7:30 p.m.


May 4

Honors Recital

Ramsey Theatre,

7:30 p.m.

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