Dr. Todd Waldecker
Associate Professor of Clarinet
Todd Waldecker has served since 1998 as Professor in the School of Music at Middle Tennessee State University where he teaches applied clarinet, clarinet pedagogy and chamber music. He received the MTSU Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award in 2006. He holds degrees from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, Yale University, and the University of Missouri. He has served on the faculty of the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Purdue University, and in residency as a guest instructor at Indiana University in 2011.
Waldecker has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across the United States, Europe, Asia and South America; and has performed by invitation at the International Clarinet Association annual conventions and the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium. As a member of the MTSU Stones River Chamber Players he has performed live on National Public Radio and at annual conventions of the National Flute Association and the Guitar Federation of America. He is a frequent performer with the Grammy Award-Winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra and has toured and recorded with the ensemble for the Decca and NAXOS labels, and in broadcasts on National Public Television.
Waldecker's current and former students enjoy careers as university professors, public
school teachers, orchestral and military band performers, and in the various fields
of music publishing, sales, marketing and instrument repair. His students have been
semi-finalists and finalists in the International Clarinet Association's Young Artist
and Orchestral Audition Competitions, and have been prizewinners in the MTNA Solo
and Chamber Music Competitions. Waldecker's students regularly attend summer festivals
such as the Belgian Clarinet Academy, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, the ARIA
Music Festival, the Eastern Music Festival, and the Buffet Clarinet Academy.
Waldecker is a Buffet Group USA Performing Artist.