UCSC Wind Ensemble

Robert Klevan, Director

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Bio for Dr. Robert Klevan,
Director from 1998–2014

A graduate summa cum laude from the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific, Robert B. Klevan pursued his post-graduate studies at DePaul University in Chicago, and at UOP where he received a Masters of Music Degree. In 1993, Dr. Klevan earned his Ph.D. at the University of Texas in Austin. Dr. Klevan has studied conducting with David Goedecke, William Dehning, Donald Hunsberger, and Glen Richter. He made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut with the UCSC Wind Ensemble in May, 2001.

In addition to conducting the Wind Ensemble, Dr. Kleven is Past President for the California Orchestra Directors Association, a past member of the Board for the Central Coast Section of the California Music Educators Association (CMEA), a Board member for the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival, and currently serves as President of CMEA.

In 1992, Dr. Klevan was named CMEA Educator of the Year, and received the McNeely Award for Excellence in Teaching. The Monterey Jazz Festival named Dr. Klevan the Jazz Educator of the Year for 2003-4. After a twenty-seven year career as music director and director of fine arts at the Stevenson School, Dr. Klevan now serves as Jazz Education Director for the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Dr. Klevan has directed the UCSC Wind Ensemble since 1998.



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