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Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh


Associate Professor

Office Building

Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center

Mailing Address

Performing Arts Center
School of Performing Arts-Box 2830
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Dr. 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).


D.M.A. University of Kansas, 2008
M.M. University of Miami, 2000
B.M. University of Miami, 1998
---Minor, Music Business

Academic Responsibilities

Clarinet Studio
Music Appreciation
Music History
"Windy Jacks" Clarinet Ensemble

Committee Activities

Brookings Chamber Music Society
Senior Honors Recital

Specialty Area

  • Clarinet, Music History, Music Appreciation

Professional Memberships

International Clarinet Association
Phi MU Alpha Music Fraternity-Honorary Member
Music Teachers National Association
South Dakota Music Teachers Association