Dr. Karl Kolbeck joined the faculty of Wayne State College in 2011. His primary teaching responsibilities include applied instruction for clarinet, saxophone, double reeds, and related courses. 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 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. He currently performs with the Sioux City Rockestra, Sioux City Municipal Band, Crazy 8 Brass Band, Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble, Clarinet Spectrum, 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 conferences hosted by the International Clarinet Association, Dallas Clarinet Colloquium, and the College Music Society.
As a clinician and adjudicator, Dr. Kolbeck 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, College Music Society, Music Teachers National Association, and the National Association for Music Education. Dr. Kolbeck is a D’Addario Woodwinds performing artist.
D.M.A., Performance - Texas Tech University
M.M., Music Performance - University of New Mexico
B.A., Music Performance - Adams State College, Colorado
Dr. Kolbeck's academic interests include applied lessons in oboe, flute, clarinet, saxophone and bassoon; woodwind courses, music history and literature, instrument repair, and directing various ensembles.