Dr. Robert Halseth,
Director of Bands and Professor of Conducting at California State University, Sacramento, also is Conductor and Music Director of the Sierra Nevada Winds Orchestra.
He has taught/conducted at all levels, elementary through professional, and served as guest conductor and clinician with bands in the United States and several foreign countries since beginning his full time teaching career in 1966. He hosts an annual Wind Conducting Workshop each June in Sacramento, and since 1995 has worked with summer bands at Cazadero and Donner Mine music camps. Recent guest conducting has included the Asia-Pacific Activities Conference Honor Band in Kobe, Japan (March 2013), Folsom Symphony (December 2013), Solano County High School Honor Band (January 2014) and All-Northern California High School Honor Band (January 2014).
Dr. Halseth holds two music degrees from California State University, Fresno, and a doctorate in conducting and brass pedagogy from the University of Northern Colorado, where his major professor was Eugene Corporon. He taught elementary, junior high and high school band in Oceanside, California, before moving to the college level in 1981. He has served on the music faculties of Carroll College (Wisconsin) and University of the Pacific (California) prior to coming to Sacramento in 1993. A trombonist for more than 60 years, his playing has included classical (band, orchestra, opera, ballet, chamber), pop (Broadway, Ringling Brothers Circus, Bob Hope, Johnny Mathis, Vic Damone), jazz (Cab Calloway, Bobby McFerrin, Allen Vizzutti, Manhattan Transfer) and all points in between, with memberships in the National Repertory Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and San Francisco Bay Bones. He is a past president of the Western Division of the College Band Directors National Association, recipient of the 2011 Dave Goedecke Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Band Directors Association and 2014 Capitol Section Music Educator of the Year. Next month he will be inducted into the California Music Educators Hall of Fame at the 2016 statewide music conference (CASMEC) in San Jose.
He has four children, two stepchildren, four grandchildren, and is happily married to Helen Kilpatrick-Halseth, a first-rate hornist. Although 2015-16 is his last year at Sacramento State, he plans to continue to be an active conductor and clinician.
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