Dr. Michael Walsh is Assistant Professor of Clarinet at South Dakota State University where he also teaches Music History and directs the “Windy Jacks” Clarinet Ensemble.
A native of New York, Walsh received his bachelor’s degree, with a minor in music business, and master’s degree from the University of Miami, FL. While at Miami, he performed with the City of Miami Symphony Orchestra for two years which included a performance in Carnegie Hall in June, 2000.
Walsh holds the distinction as being the first student to earn the DMA degree in Clarinet Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Kansas under Dr. Larry Maxey. At Kansas he was awarded a fellowship in the Hamilton Graduate Assistantship for clarinet and also held assistantships in jazz and musicology. In 2006, he won the Kansas City Philharmonia Concerto Competition, Woodwind Division, which included a performance of Debussy’s Premiere Rhapsody.
A strong advocate of new music, he is a founding member of the Miami Clarinet Quartet which has performed at the Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, Festival Miami concert series and the International Clarinet Associations Clarinetfest 2011. As principal clarinet of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra from 2006-2008 he premiered David Morgan’s Reflections and Meditations for clarinet and winds which was released by C.F. Peters Corporation in January 2008. As bass clarinetist for the MZJ Chamber Ensemble in New York, he performed on two recordings of new music by Matt Zachary Johnson in Tribute and Portrait of a Woman. He also performs regularly on bass clarinet with the Dakota Wind Ensemble in Sioux Falls, SD.
Walsh has performed in many music festivals, including the C.W. Post Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Opera Theater of Lucca, Italy, The Clarinet Summit, Domaine Forget in Quebec, Canada, and Tanglewood Institute.
Walsh has given master classes and recitals in various high schools and universities including the University of Miami, University of Memphis, Southeast Missouri State University and The Juilliard School. He has been published in music journals on both the high school and collegiate levels as well as presented/performed in the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors National Conference 2011, Tennessee Music Teachers Association and College Music Society.
Prior to his appointment at SDSU, he taught at the University of Tennessee at Martin, and worked as a musicology assistant for the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).
Walsh has performed throughout the United States as well as Italy, China, Canada and Ireland and his major teachers included Kalmen Opperman, Dennis Smylie, Lawrence Sobol, Mark Nuccio, Larry Maxey, and Margaret Donaghue-Flavin.