Dr. Victor Chávez, Jr. is a Mexican-American, fifth-generation musician from El Paso, Texas, and has studied with Larry Combs, Guy Deplus, Jon Manasse, Julie Deroche, Kenneth Grant, Dr. Richard Shanley, Alan Olson, and Vin Richards. As a student, Victor won various prizes: twice at the El Paso Artists Guild Concerto Competition; twice at the Entergy Young Texas Artists Competition; Baylor University Concerto Competition; the International Sorantin Concerto; DePaul University Concerto Competition; and the Round Top Festival Concerto Competition. He has attended the Brevard Music Festival, Blossom Music Festival, and Round Top Music Festival and has earned degrees from Baylor University-BME, DePaul University-MM, and The Eastman School of Music-DMA.
Upon completing his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, he was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Lusk Fellowship, which allowed him to study in Paris, France, under the tutelage of Guy Deplus. While in Paris, Victor conducted his Fulbright research in pedagogy, performance practice, organology and literature.
He has been a guest clinician for KMTA/TMTA, various middle schools, high schools, and universities throughout the United States as well as performed at the International Clarinet Association Festival 2014 and the College Music Society Conference. His performances can be heard on WUOT 91.9 FM, Knoxville.
As an active freelance clarinetist, he has performed with the Waco Symphony Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Belton Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra, and Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series. He is currently the principal clarinetist of the Tri-Cities Opera Company in Binghamton, New York, and principal clarinetist of the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra in Johnson City, Tennessee, as well as the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Clarinet at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Victor is a Buffet Crampon Artist and exclusively plays on Buffet Crampon clarinets.