William Dietz, professor of bassoon and wind chamber music and coordinator of woodwind activities, has served on the University of Arizona faculty since 1983 and is a member of the Arizona Wind Quintet, a faculty ensemble and Trio Arizona, an oboe, bassoon, piano combination. Both ensembles perform regularly on campus and at national and international venues.
Dietz studied at West Virginia University, the University of Washington, and received the Doctorate of Music in bassoon performance from Florida State University where he studied with William Winstead. Dietz has served as principal bassoonist with various orchestras, including the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Costa Rica, the Flagstaff Festival of the Arts Orchestra, and the Arizona Music Fest Orchestra. In addition, he was a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for 16 seasons. As a recitalist and chamber musician he has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and in Europe.
Dietz has premiered numerous works at the annual conferences of the International Double Reed Society, In 1994 he released a compact disc titled New Works for Bassoon. As an author he has contributed numerous articles to such professional periodicals as The Journal of the International Double Reed Society, the National Association of Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal, Bandworld, the Instrumentalist, and the Dialogue in Music Education Journal.
He served as the coordinating editor and author of the bassoon portion of Teaching Woodwinds (Schirmer), a text designed for collegiate wind studies, which is used in music programs around the country.
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