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Victor ChavezVictor Chavez

Associate Professor of Clarinet
Hired: 2013
Tenure Track

University of Tennessee
School of Music
207 Natalie L. Haslam Music Center
Knoxville, TN 37996-4040

Victor Chavez, Jr. is a Mexican-American, fifth-generation musician from El Paso, Texas and has studied with Larry Combs, Guy Deplus, Jon Manasse, Julie Deroche, Kenneth Grant, Richard Shanley, and Alan Olson.  As a student, Victor won various prizes: twice at the El Paso Artists Guild Concerto Competition; twice at the Entergy Young Texas Artists Competition in Conroe, Texas; Baylor University Concerto Competition; the International Sorantin Concerto Competition in San Angelo, Texas; DePaul University Concerto Competition; and the Round Top Festival Concerto Competition.  Upon completing his Bachelor's degree in Music Education, he was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Lusk Fellowship, which allowed him to study in Paris, France under the tutelage of Guy Deplus, former soloist of L'Opera de Paris and teacher of the Conservatoire National Superior de Paris.  While in Paris, Victor was principal clarinetist of the Orchestre des Universites de Paris and conducted his Fulbright research in pedagogy, performance practice, and literature.

Upon returning to the United States, Victor attended DePaul University where he earned a Master's degree with distinction in clarinet performance under the guidance of Larry Combs, former principal clarinetist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  Victor then earned his doctorate in Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music with a minor in Music Education where he occasionally performed with the historic Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Philharmonia. 

Victor has taught privately in El Paso, Texas; Waco, Texas; Mexia, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; Lansing, Indiana; and at the University of Rochester in New York State. He has attended the Brevard Music Festival, Blossom Music Festival, and Round Top Music Festival. He has been a guest clinician for KMTA, various middle schools, high schools, and universities throughout the country as well as performed at the International Clarinet Association Festival 2014 and the College Music Society Conference.  His performances can be heard locally on WUOT 91.5 FM, Knoxville. 

As an active free-lance clarinetist, he has performed with the Waco Symphony Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Belton Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, and Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series. He is currently the principal clarinetist of the Tri-Cities Opera Company in Binghamton, New York and principal clarinetist of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra in Johnson City, Tennessee as well as the newly appointed Associate Professor of Clarinet at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Victor is a proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.

  • Doctor of Musical Arts, clarinet; minor in Music Education - Eastman School of Music (2013)
  • Master of Music , clarinet - Depaul University (2009)
  • Fulbright Scholar - Paris, France (2007)
  • Bachelor of Music Education - Baylor University (2006)

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