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Live Recital Performance:

  • Mozart: Quintet, K. 581, Mvt. 1

Mvt. 1 Mozart Clarinet Quintet, K. 581 - Todd Waldecker, clarinet
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Live Recital Performance Highlight Reel

Todd Waldecker, clarinet

Adam Clark, piano

January 2021, MTSU

  • Prokofiev: "Suite from Romeo and Juliet"

  • Clarinet in the Cinema

    • Gershwin:"Walking the Dog"

    • Morricone: "Cinema Paradiso"

    • Williams: "Viktor's Tale"​​

  • Gershwin: "Rhapsody in Blue"

Dr. Todd Waldecker

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (D.M.)

Yale University (M.M.)

University of Missouri (B.M.)

Todd Waldecker has served since 1998 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 (D.M.), Yale University (M.M.), and the University of Missouri. (B.M.)  He serves on the faculty of the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts and has taught at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Purdue University, and 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.  He has performed by invitation at several International Clarinet Association ClarinetFests, the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium, the Mississippi Single Reed Summit, the Eastern Plains Clarinet Celebration, and the University of Southern Mississippi Clarinet Day.  As a member of the MTSU Faculty Stones River Chamber Players he has performed live on National Public Radio and at conventions of the National Flute Association and the Guitar Federation of America. He plays Principal Clarinet with the Nashville Opera and is a frequent performer with the Grammy Award-Winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra.  Waldecker can also be heard on commercial recordings for film, television, and video games.  His credits include productions for Netflix, Amazon, Universal Studios Tokyo, The History Channel,  and the "Minecraft", "Fortnite", "Call of Duty" and other video game franchises.


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 Crampon Performing Artist.

Live Recital Performance Highlight Reel

Todd Waldecker, clarinet

Adam Clark, piano

August 2022, MTSU

  • Schubert: "Arpeggione Sonata," D. 821

  • Takashi Yoshimatsu: "Four Pieces in Bird Shape", Op. 18

  • Amanda Harberg: "Sonata" (2015)

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