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NASA 2022 Biennial Conference Presenter — Aaron Burr

Mark your calendars now to join us Thursday-Sunday, March 10-13, 2022 for the NASA 2022 Biennial Conference at Oklahoma State University, Greenwood School of Music in Stillwater, Oklahoma.


Saxophone Player

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Name: Aaron Burr
Presentation Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020 8:00 AM
Presentation Venue: Gammage 301
Presentation Title: Duo Velox
Type of Presentation: Professional Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 13

Saxophonist Aaron Burr is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Arts in Saxophone Performance at the University of Northern Colorado. There he serves as the graduate teaching assistant to Dr. Andrew Dahlke. He also holds a Master of Music degree from The University of New Mexico, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Northern Arizona University. His primary teachers include Dr. Andrew Dahlke, Dr. Eric Lau, Dr. Ashley Kelly, Glenn Kostur, and Dr. Jonathan Bergeron. Aaron has had the opportunity to perform with the NAU, and UNC symphony orchestras, collaborate with composers on new chamber works, and give recitals in both Arizona and New Mexico. In Albuquerque, he was in demand for teaching private lessons, as well as a clinician, working for several high schools in the area. He was a member of the Platinum Saxophone Quartet which were the guest artists for the Music from Angel Fire school outreach program in April of 2018 and in April 2019. 

Ensemble Bio: Duo Velox was established in 2016 at The University of New Mexico. The ensemble consists of Kaitlyn Gerde on Clarinet and Aaron Burr on Saxophone. Duo Velox has performed both at The University of New Mexico and at the 2017 NASA Region 2 Conference in NMSU. Upcoming performances include recitals at The University of Kansas and The University of Northern Colorado.  The purpose of this ensemble is to standardize repertoire for the clarinet and saxophone duo, present community outreach, and commission new works. The Duo is an advocate for new music, working with electronics, and pushing the boundaries of the clarinet and saxophone duo in composition and performance.   

Other Performers / Participants


Kaitlyn Gerde



Kaitlyn Gerde is a clarinetist and music educator from The Colony, Texas. Currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at The University of Kansas, Kaitlyn has become a sought-after performer and teacher in the greater Kansas City area. Also holding a Master of Music from The University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Music Education from Texas Tech University, her primary teachers have been Dr. Stephanie Zelnick, Professor Keith Lemmons, and Dr. David Shea. As an advocate for chamber music, she has played in various ensembles such as clarinet quartet, reed quintet, various string trios, and clarinet and saxophone duo. Kaitlyn has also performed with the New Mexico Philharmonic and is currently a member of The University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and the Crossroad Wind Ensemble. 

Caleb Westby

Composer & Electronic Setup

Still an Arizonan at heart, Caleb Westby is an Oklahoma-based composer who holds a Bachelor
of Music degree in music education from Northern Arizona University as well as a Master of
Music from the University of Oklahoma. Presently a doctoral student at the University of
Oklahoma, he has had the pleasure of learning from several great composers; among them
Marvin Lamb, Bob Thurston, and Michael Markowski. His influences include many prominent
modern composers in both the wind band and choral realms, but his music is also heavily
inspired by video game soundtracks both old and new.

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Shots Fired Caleb Westby 13