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William Takacs Bio
Dr. William Takacs

William Takacs, D.M.

Associate Professor of Music

Office: Mary Moody Northen Hall, Room 142
Email: wtakacs@wtamu.edu
Phone: (806) 651-2835
Home Page: http://www.wtamu.edu/~wtakacs/

Professional Profile

Takacs joined the faculty at WTAMU in 2002.  He received a Bachelor of Music degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Music degree from Bowling Green State University, and a Doctor of Music degree from Florida State University.

Teaching and Related Service

Takacs currently teaches trumpet pedagogy and performance at WTAMU.  He also has taught such classes as music theory, brass ensemble and a fine arts survey course.

He is currently the principal trumpet of the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Music Amarillo. He performs regularly with the Amarillo Opera.

Research and Creative Activity

Takacs is an advocate for new trumpet and brass literature and serves as a new music reviewer for the International Trumpet Guild Journal.  

He also is a performing artist/clinician for the Edwards Instrument Company.

Takacs recently finished production on his first recording, which includes the "Gregson Trumpet Concerto," "Intrada" by Arthur Honegger, the "Arutunian Trumpet Concerto," and the "Arban Variations on The Carnival of Venice."

Personal Sketch

Originally from Philadelphia, Takacs now calls Amarillo home, where he lives with his wife Karen, an elementary music teacher and oboist with the Midland/Odessa Symphony. In his spare time he enjoys reading, exercising, traveling and pampering his two cats, Snickers and Dizzy (named after Dizzy Gillespie) and his two dogs, Molly and Miles (named after Miles Davis). He is an avid Philadelphia sports fan, especially of the Eagles and Flyers, and Florida State football.  Go Seminoles!