Adjunct Professor, Bassoon
Wilfred Roberts is one of today's premier bassoonists. Internationally recognized for his consummate artistry, Roberts became principal bassoon of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 1965, and retired from this position in October 2015. His 50-year tenure as principal bassoon is the longest on record for any major orchestra. He graduated with highest honors from Oberlin Conservatory and also studied at the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria. Before beginning his career in the United States, he served as principal bassoon of the Camerata Academica Orchestra of Salzburg, touring throughout Europe and recording on the Deutsche Grammophone label. Examples of his extremely lyrical yet strong style and exceptional control of the instrument can be heard on extensive recordings with the Dallas Symphony on the RCA, Telarc, Angel, Pro Arte, Dorian and Delos labels. Throughout his career, in national and international tours, his playing has been described as that which represents the top of his profession. “Will Roberts is one of the orchestra members that has been with us the longest, yet he still plays like a young man,” says Jaap van Zweden, music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. “He is as a father for the orchestra and his musicianship is an inspiration to us all.”
Roberts is on the faculty of Southern Methodist University and has served on the faculties of University of North Texas, University of Indiana and University of Michigan. He has performed in various leading summer festivals of music throughout his career. In addition to his long tenure as principal bassoon, he also served for over 40 years as personnel manager and contractor of musicians of the Dallas Symphony.