Robert Washut

Professor of Jazz Studies
Director of Jazz Band II
D. Arts - University of Northern Colorado

Office: 189 Russell Hall
Phone: (319) 273-6431
Email: Robert.Washut@uni.edu


Robert Washut is Professor of Music at the University of Northern Iowa, where he served as Director of Jazz Studies from 1980 - 2002. An accomplished jazz composer and arranger, Washut has received numerous commissions from collegiate and high school jazz ensembles, professional jazz artists, and symphony orchestras. Many of his works are published by Kendor Music (Delevan, NY), UNC Jazz Press (Greeley,CO), Walrus Music Publishing (Pismo Beach, CA), C.L. Barnhouse (Oskaloosa, IA),  Heritage JazzWorks (Lorenz Corp - Dayton, OH), Sierra Music Publishing (Liberty Lake, WA), Really Good Music (Eau Claire, WI) and Winzer Press (Cedar Falls, IA).

During his 22 years as director of the award-winning UNI Jazz Band One, Washut recorded 11 CDs (two of which earned 5-star ratings from DownBeat magazine), toured Europe three times, consistently received "Outstanding Band" recognition at collegiate jazz festivals throughout the Midwest, and was awarded three "Outstanding Performance" citations in DownBeat's Annual Student Music Awards.

He is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the country, having conducted all-state jazz bands in 17 states. He is also an active jazz pianist who founded the locally popular Latin jazz band, Orquesta Alto Maiz, in 1986. Washut recorded and released a jazz trio CD entitled Songbook in 1999 and Gemini, a jazz duo CD  (w/Chris Merz) in 2007. With Orquesta Alto Maiz, he recorded 10 CDs and performed nationally and internationally. Washut was inducted into the Iowa IAJE Hall of Fame in 2003 and the Des Moines Community Jazz Center Hall of Fame in 2013. In 1996 he was the recipient of the Class of 1943 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and received the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences Dean's Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship or Creative Activity in 2014.