Robert Washut was Professor of Music at the University of Northern Iowa, from 1980-2018. He served as Director of Jazz Studies from 1980 - 2002. An accomplished jazz composer and arranger, Washut 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, UNC Jazz Press, ejazzlines, C.L. Barnhouse, Lorenz, Sierra Music, 3-2 Music and Really Good Music. |
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.
Dr. Washut is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator nationally, and has conducted all-state jazz bands in 16 states. He is also a jazz pianist who founded the locally popular Latin jazz band, Orquesta Alto Maiz, in 1986, with which he remained of 27 years. His newest recording, "Journey to Knowhere", was released in January 2018 and features his original compositions for jazz dodectet. In 2000, he was a composer/arranger for Bobby Shew’s "Salsa Caliente" recording. Washut also recorded a jazz duo CD (with Chris Merz) entitled Gemini, in 2007, and a jazz trio CD (with Mark Urness & Kevin Hart) entitled "Songbook" in 1999. With Orquesta Alto Maiz, he recorded 10 CDs and performed nationally and internationally.
In 2013 Washut was inducted into the Des Moines Hall of Fame and the Iowa IAJE Hall of Fame in 2003. At UNI he was the recipient of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Orfeus award in 2018, the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2015, and the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity in 2014. He received the Outstanding Teacher Award in 1996.