In addition to his administrative duties Dr. Stanek was responsible for teaching clarinet, clarinet performance literature, woodwind methods for music education majors, coaching chamber music ensembles, and supervising student teachers. From 1976 to 1980 he was the Conductor/Music Director of the Idaho State Civic Symphony. He served as principal clarinetist of the Idaho State Civic Symphony from 1980 until his retirement in 2001.
Dr. Stanek is an active member of the International Clarinet Association. serving as its President from 1996 to 1998 and is currently the Historian for the association. He has performed internationally in France, Belgium and Hungary in addition to guest artist appearances at ICA ClarinetFests held at major universities in the United States. He is the author of numerous articles about clarinet performance and literature and has published reviews of various conferences, new clarinet music and recordings in the association's quarterly journal The Clarinet. His article entitled Clarinet Solo Preparation: A Course of Study and a Review of Recommended Solo Literature is published electronically on The Online Clarinet Resource.
Dr. Stanek was honored with the Governor's Award for Support of Arts Education in October 1998, and he was inducted into the Idaho Music Educator's Hall of Fame in January 2006.