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Assistant Professor of Clarinet


  • D.M.A., Florida State University (In Progress)
  • M.M., Baylor University, Clarinet Performance
  • B.M., Baylor University, Clarinet Performance

Teaching Specialties

  • Applied Clarinet and Saxophone

Research Interests

  • Clarinet Performance, Pedagogy, and Literature


  • International Clarinet Society
  • Arkansas Bandmaster's Association
  • Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association


Ken Hatch (assistant professor) teaches clarinet at ASU. In addition to studio teaching, he coaches chamber music, teaches instrumental technique classes for music education majors, and conducting. Prior to his appointment at ASU, Mr. Hatch held positions as band director and woodwinds specialist at public schools in Texas. He has performed as guest conductor with the ASU Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble. Mr. Hatch continues to be an active performer. He presently performs as clarinetist and saxophonist with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in Little Rock.

Mr. Hatch has appeared as soloist with bands and orchestras throughout the south, including performances for the Arkansas State Bandmasters Association and the College Band Directors National Association. Mr. Hatch performed with the Baylor University Alumni Clarinet Quartet at ClarFest '97 in Lubbock, Texas. In 1972, he was a finalist in what was then the National Clarinet Competition in Denver, Colorado. Always interested in expanding the repertoire for single reeds, Mr. Hatch has premiered pieces by Jared Spears, Tom O'Connor, Gay Spears, and Craig Wadley. Randall Standridge has recently written A Faustian Sonata for Mr. Hatch.

Mr. Hatch has written The Clarinet Teacher's CD Companion, a multimedia text for use in the Clarinet Techniques class. He also has written Tone, Flexibility, and Scale Studies for Clarinet and Saxophone, two books with companion practice CD's.

Mr. Hatch holds the B.M. Degree in clarinet Performance from the University of North Texas, and the M.M. Degree in Clarinet Performance from Baylor University. He has done post-graduate work at Florida State University and Michigan State University. He has studied with Dr. Lee Gibson, Dr. Richard Shanley, Mr. Fred Ormand, and Dr. Frank Kowalsky.

Ken Hatch

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-8049
F: (870) 972-3932


Building: Fine Arts Center
Room: 252