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Robert Wilson

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Robert Wilson

Lecturer in Music

Office: S1082
713-221-8574
wilsonr@uhd.edu

​Robert Wilson, Music Artist-in-Residence and lecturer in Jazz Styles has been a faculty member at the University of Houston for 22 years. Professor Wilson has been a professional musician since he was 12 years old, and conducted numerous bands and orchestras since he was 14 years old. In a musical career of fifty plus years, Wilson has performed with musical artists such as Judy Garland, Diana Ross, Ray Charles, Tony Bennet, and David "Fathead" Newman among many others. Because of his musical activities throughout the years he was nominated in 2005 for America's highest jazz award, the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master's Award; and he served on the board of the Texas Commission for the Arts for Dance and Music in 2004 and 2005. Wilson continues his musical activity as founder and director of the annual Kemah Boardwalk Jazz Festival along with numerous public concerts with the UHD Civic Jazz Orchestra and the UHD Young Sounds of Houston Youth Jazz Orchestra.   

​Master's degree: Master of Music (Sam Houston State University, 1969)

​HUM 3317: Jazz Styles I
HUM 3318: Jazz Styles II
MUS 1303: Reading Music I
MUS 3303: Jazz Styles I
MUS 3304: Jazz Styles II

​Mr. Wilson has extensive undergraduate coursework in music and a lifetime of experience performing it. Recognized for his contributions to music and music education with a series of awards and honors. In 2005 he was appointed to the Texas Commission for the Arts. At UHD he founded the Young Sounds of Houston Teen Orchestra and the UHD Civic Jazz Orchestra.
Teaching Experience:

  • University of Houston-Downtown, September 1990 to present
  • Jazz Styles I 3303: History of jazz from its beginning in the late 19th century to the 1940's.
  • Jazz Styles II 3304: History of jazz from the 1940’s to the present.
  • Young Jazz Artists Summer Music Camp Camp Allen, Texas 2003 – 2009
  • Bordeaux France Houston Texas Student Music Exchange Program 2007 - 2008


Professional Experience:
Mr. Wilson has extensive undergraduate coursework in music and a lifetime of experience performing it: in addition to working with today's best known Jazz professionals, including the Winston Marsalis, Ray Charles, Doc Severinsen, Ernie Watts, and numerous others.

He has been recognized for his contributions to music and music education with a series of awards and honors. These include his 2005 nomination for the Jazz Master's Fellowship, America's highest jazz award, awarded by the NEA.

This nomination came from the both the Houston Professional Musician's Association Local 65-699 and the National Federal of Musicians in NYC for five decades of excellence in jazz education and jazz production.

Also in 2005 he was appointed to the Texas Commission for the Arts, and in 2010 he received the Kemah Boardwalk Jazz Achievement Award.

At UHD he founded the Young Sounds of Houston Teen Orchestra and the UHD Civic Jazz Orchestra, both of which play in Houston and the surrounding areas.

Major Awards:
He has been recognized for his contributions to music and music education with a series of awards and honors. These include his 2005 nomination for the Jazz Master's Fellowship, America's highest jazz award, awarded by the NEA.


In 2010 he received the Kemah Boardwalk Jazz Achievement Award.


       

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