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Dennis Zeisler

  • Dennis Zeisler
  • Professor
  • Music
  • 244 Diehn Center
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-4061
  • dzeisler@odu.edu
  • DENNIS J. ZEISLER has been on the faculty of Old Do-minion University in Norfolk, Virginia for more than three decades, serving as Director of Bands, Professor of Clarinet and Saxophone, and Chairman of the Music Department. Under his direction, the Old Dominion University Wind Ensemble has developed into a premiere performing ensemble. They have recorded for TRN Music Publishers and Frank Erickson Publications and recently been featured in concerts at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. While serving as former Chair for fifteen years, he led the steady growth of the Old Dominion University Music Department at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Professor Zeisler has a B.M., B.M.E., and M.M. from the University of Michigan, where he was solo clarinetist of the Symphony Band, under the direction of Dr. William D. Revelli. He was solo clarinetist of the Detroit Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Leonard B. Smith, and clarinet soloist with the United States Military Academy Band at West Point. Mr. Zeisler had his New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall in May 1974 and has performed at three International Clarinet Society Conferences. He was on the faculty of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, where he was principal clarinetist of the faculty orchestra, conductor of faculty and staff ensembles, and on the international conducting staff. In 1998, Professor Zeisler was awarded membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association. In 1999, he received the Orpheus Award from Phi Mu Alpha for, “significant and lasting contributions to the cause of Music in America,” and the Virginia Music Educator of the Year Award from the Virginia Music Educators Association. In 2004 he received the National Band Association Mentor Award, and in 2009 was awarded a University Professorship at Old Dominion University for excellence in teaching. He is founder and conductor of the Virginia Wind Symphony, a professional wind group comprised primarily of music educators from throughout the area of southeastern Virginia. The Virginia Wind Symphony has recorded six commercial compact discs and been featured in concert at two American Bandmasters Association Conventions (2004, 2011) and Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinics (2004, 2012). Zeisler is Past-President of the Southern Division of CBDNA, former Virginia State Chair of the National Band Association and the International Clarinet Society. He was Past- President of NASM Region VII and is currently chair of the NBA Merrill-Jones Composition Contest, and on the Board of Directors of the John Phillip Sousa Foundation and the Midwest Clinic. Zeisler was recently elected as President of the American Bandmasters Association.
  • Education

    University of Michigan, 1971
    Major: Clarinet Performance
    Degree: M.M.
    University of Michigan, 1970
    Degree: B.M., B.M.E.
  • Expertise

    Music
    Director of Bands, Conducting, Wind Literature and Pedagogy, Clarinet, Saxophone
  • 2009: University Professor, ODU
  • 2004: National Band Association Mentor Award
  • 1999: Phi Mu Alpha Orpheus Award
  • 1999: Virginia Music Educator of the Year
  • 1998: Elected into the American Bandmasters Association, The American Bandmasters Association