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William C. Dominik

William C. Dominik taught clarinet and chamber music at Pacific for 28 years.

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Emeritus music professor William Dominik passed away Nov. 6

Dec 4, 2015

William Carl Dominik, who taught clarinet and chamber music at Pacific for 28 years, passed away Nov. 6 at the age of 90.  

A native of Lansing, Michigan, Dominik was born June 12, 1925, the youngest of three children to Moravian immigrants. Music was a part of his life from an early age. He joined his father in local polka and dance bands while in junior high school.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II, initially playing clarinet and then served in other capacities including repairing airplanes. After the war, he resumed his studies, earning a Bachelor of Music degree at Michigan State College and both Master and Doctor of Music degrees at the University of Southern California.

He taught at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Texas A&M and California State College-Los Angeles, among others, and studied with Clark Brody, Robert Marcellus, Kalman Bloch, Joseph Siniscalchi and Keith Stein. He played in various orchestras, including at Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood in Massachusetts, and appeared as a soloist, clinician and adjudicator in Midwestern and Western states. 

Dominik joined the faculty of  Pacific's Conservatory of Music in 1967 as a clarinet and chamber music professor, was active on numerous Conservatory and campus-wide committees, and performed with the Pacific Arts Woodwind Quintet. Upon his retirement in 1995, he received the Order of the Pacific, the university's highest honor. 

He was active in many professional and fraternal organizations, including Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Tau Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda, the Music Educators National Conference, and the International Clarinet Society, serving as the California State Chair for many years.  He also was a member of the Czechoslovak Society of America Fraternal Life.

He is survived by son William John Dominik, daughter Jane Kathryn Dominik, three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The family has indicated that those who wish may make donations in his memory to the American Heart Association (, the National Park Foundation (, and Save the Delta (

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