2/28 Faculty Artist: Robert Barrett



WSC Saxophone Quartet
    Jeffrey Stevison, Soprano and Alto Saxophones
    Erin Geye, Alto Saxophone
    Kevin McCall, Tenor Saxophone
    Ashtyn Rossman, Baritone Saxophone

Robert Barrett is Professor of Woodwinds and Director of Jazz Studies at Western State Colorado University. Dr. Barrett teaches clarinet, saxophone, oboe, and bassoon lessons, directs the WSC Saxophone Quartet and teaches the woodwinds class. Under Barrett’s direction, Western’s Jazz Program includes the WSC Jazz Ensemble, the Modern Jazz Combo, the High Altitude Dixieland Jazz Band, and courses for improvisation and jazz history. Dr. Barrett’s jazz ensembles have performed in six states, including at the prestigious Sacramento Jazz Jubilee. Barrett and his students have entertained a former U.S. President, performed on network television, and made four professional recordings. As a soloist, Barrett has twice performed at the Colorado Music Educators conference as has the WSC Jazz Ensemble he directs.

Robert Barrett holds degrees in clarinet performance from the University of Oklahoma (DMA) and the University of North Texas (MM), and a degree in music education from Brigham Young University (BM). He has studied clarinet with David Etheridge, James Gillespie, and David Randall. While enrolled at these universities, Barrett performed with and was featured as a soloist with each school’s wind ensemble, symphony orchestra, and jazz ensemble. While living in Gunnison, CO, Barrett has toured with his colleagues from Western State College and performed with the world-famous Queen City Jazz Band.

Martha Watson Violett is Emeritus Professor of Music and teaches piano and class piano. Before retiring in 2010 she was Chair of the Music Department at Western State Colorado University and taught piano, music history, seminar in music research, and music courses in the general education liberal arts program. Martha Violett holds the Permanent Professional Certificate in Piano from the Music Teachers National Association and is a member of the Colorado State Music Teachers Association and the MTNA.

Dr. Violett holds the B.M.E. in Vocal Education from Illinois Wesleyan University with a performance major in piano and minors in voice and harpsichord. She received the M.A. and M.F.A. degrees in Piano Performance and the D.M.A. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa where studies of piano and chamber music were with James Avery and John Simms. She was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship for piano study with Carl Seemann at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg (West) Germany. She also studied musicology and piano at the University of Washington in Seattle. Martha Violett began her college teaching career at Western State College where she has been a member of the Music faculty since 1972. She has been active during that time as a performer of solo and chamber music with Western faculty and guest performers.