Office BuildingOscar Larson Performing Arts Center
Mailing AddressPerforming Arts Center
School of Performing Arts-Box 2830
Brookings, SD 57007
BiographyDr. Michael Walsh is Associate 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 B.M. and M.M. degrees 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 D.M.A. in Clarinet Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Kansas.
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.
Prior to his appointment at SDSU, he taught at the University of Tennessee at Martin, and worked as Musicologist Assistant for the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).
EducationD.M.A. University of Kansas, 2008
M.M. University of Miami, 2000
B.M. University of Miami, 1998
---Minor, Music Business
Academic ResponsibilitiesClarinet Studio
"Windy Jacks" Clarinet Ensemble
Committee ActivitiesBrookings Chamber Music Society
Senior Honors Recital
- Clarinet, Music History, Music Appreciation
Professional MembershipsInternational Clarinet Association
Phi MU Alpha Music Fraternity-Honorary Member
Music Teachers National Association
South Dakota Music Teachers Association