Faculty Spotlight Double Feature: Dr. Robert Cameron and Professor James Houlik
Dr. Robert C. Cameron (Director of Bands) holds degrees from the Universities of Miami, Michigan, and Maryland, where he studied with Frederick Fennell, H. Robert Reynolds and Arnald Gabriel. During his tenure at Duquesne, he has brought the wind band program into a position of high national visibility. Under his leadership, the Wind Symphony has been invited to perform for the College Band Director's National Association National Convention in Kansas City, the MENC National Convention in Washington,D.C., and numerous divisional conferences of each, as well. In 2009, the Wind Symphony released a compact disc recording of wind music by Duquesne Composers and arrangers entitled The Winds of Summer.
On Wednesday, October 19, Cameron had the honor of being invited to be a guest conductor for the Army Field Band concert at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall. Cameron conducted American Salute by Morton Gould.
Then, on Thursday, October 20, five clarinetists from the Army Field Band were brought to Duquesne by Professor James Houlik (Chair of Performance and Professor of Saxophone) to present a master class for performance students. The quintet performed music arranged by its own members specifically for that group and presented information about life as a military musician.
James Houlik is an internationally recognized performer and teacher of the saxophone. Frequently performing in the music capitals of the world, Houlik's recordings have set a new standard for performance on his instrument. More than 85 works have been composed for him, including those that he has recorded with the London Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, and the Czech Philharmonic.
In addition to our faculty, Mary Pappert School of Music alumnus, Staff Sergeant Kevin Walko (B.S. Music Education, 2006) was involved in both events. In addition to his section work as bass clarinetist, Walko was prominently featured as clarinet soloist on a medley of Benny Goodman songs at the concert on Wednesday. Then, at Thursday's master class, Walko again performed with the clarinet quintet.
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