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NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Presenter — Carlos Tinoco

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Name: Carlos Tinoco
Presentation Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 1:20 PM
Presentation Venue: Nelson Fine Arts Center Plaza
Presentation Title: University of Calgary Saxophone Ensemble
Type of Presentation: Large Saxophone Ensemble Performance
Proposal Duration: 15

Jeremy Brown is an author, saxophonist/woodwind specialist, conductor and composer.  He was the lead compiler of the Royal Conservatory of Music Saxophone Series (2011 and author of The Wind Band Music of Henry Cowell (Routledge 2018)

Ensemble Bio:

The University of Calgary Saxophone Studio and ensemble is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from across western Canada. It is directed by Professor of Music Jeremy Brown who teaches saxophone at the University of Calgary and graduate assistant Carlos Tinoco.  The UCalgary Saxophone Ensemble has performed at conferences in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Iowa (USA), the National Music Centre (Calgary) and was the featured group at the 2019 inauguration of the new President of the University of Calgary, Dr. Ed McCauley in the world premiere of “Taking the High Road” (2019) for saxophone ensemble by Allan Gordon Bell. 

The UCalgary Saxophone Ensemble commissioned two Canadian composers Laurie Radford, Professor of Music at the University of Calgary and Juno-award winning composer Jordan Nobles to write new works for the saxophone ensemble to be premiered at the 2020 NASA Biennial Conference.  

Other Performers / Participants


Carlos Tinoco

Soprano Saxophone


Calgary Native Carlos Tinoco attended Bishop McNally High School where he studied under Jane Moran. In his many years of musical experience, Carlos has become proficient on the saxophone, clarinet, french horn, and piano. He has worked with saxophonists Ken Radnofsky, Tim McAllister, and with jazz artists Ryan Truesdell, Joe Morris, Alan Baylock, Dan Keberley, Jack Wilkins, and Chuck Owen. Carlos has an affinity for new works and constantly collaborates with students at the university to create new compositions.

Carlos has extensive performance experience with the Calgary Stampede Showband, Alberta Winds, University of Calgary Wind Ensemble, University of Calgary UChorus, Calgary Youth Orchestra, and the Calgary Jazz Orchestra. Carlos has also recorded with the Calgary Stampede Showband, University of Calgary Jazz Orchestra and Alberta Winds.

Carlos teaches saxophone and clarinet at Long & McQuade and has frequented schools around the university to assist band programs.

Nicole Oliver

Soprano Saxophone

Bio: Nicole Oliver is a 4th year music performance major at the University of Calgary. Nicole plans to purue her masters in music performance, and will be auditioning for multiple schools late Winter. 

Kyra Sidor

Alto Saxophone

Bio: Kyra Sidor, currently a 4th year composition major, has been a performer for many Calgary-based ensembles for the past decade. While very experienced in jazz improvisation, she also performs classical music very diligently. Kyra currently teaches private lessons at the Beat of Music studio and plans to pursue a bachelors of education after she is done her music degree. 

Simone Lutzko

Alto Saxophone

Bio: Entering her first year, Simone Lutzko has welcomed all forms of music. As a jazz musician, she has performed throughout calgary with her jazz ensemble and jazz combo from high school, but has also featured as a soloist. Simone currently sits in the second alto chair in the University of Calgary Jazz Orchestra. 

Melvin Picazo

Tenor Saxophone

Bio: Melvin Picazo is a second year music performance major at the University of Calgary. While tenor and alto saxophone are his preferred instruments, Melvin has also featured on baritone and soprano saxophone in the past year. Melvin currently serves on the Music Undergraduate Society and prides himself by working with his community. Melvin will be competing in the Royal Bank of Canada Concerto Competition, hosted in Calgary, and will be featuring in a tour in and around Calgary, showcasing his solo works. 

Jillian Mah

Tenor Saxophone

Bio: Jillian Mah is a first year music student at the University of Calgary. As both as classical and jazz saxophonist, she is well versed in all type of repertoire. She currently sits as lead alto in the University of Calgary Symphonic Band and also as 2nd tenor in the University of Calgary Jazz Orchestra. 

Nicolas Luzzi

Baritone Saxophone

Bio: Nicolas is currently in his second year of music performance at the University of Calgary. Under Jeremy Brown, this is third year as a student and has become very proficient at the saxophone. Nicolas has played all saxophones and prides himself on his tenor and baritone saxophone playing. Nicolas will also be performing in the Concerto Competition and looks forward to promoting his solo works through Calgary.  

Connor Reid

Baritone Saxophone

Bio: Connor Reid is currently in his second year as a music student under Jeremy Brown. He has played in the Bands of Calgary and has served as the drum major for the Calgary Stampede Showband. Connor currently spends his time teaching the younger generation of kids in the Stampede organization and spends his summer touring with the group. 

Jeremy Brown

Alto Saxophone and Director


Jeremy Brown is Professor of Music at the University of Calgary (1990-present) and performs as a jazz, classical and free improviser primarily on the saxophone. He is also a woodwind doubler and performs frequently as a flautist, and clarinetist. He has been conductor of the Calgary Wind Symphony for 23 years.

As an author, he has written The Wind Band Music of Henry Cowell, includes definitive recordings of Cowell’s band music with the winds of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Brown. Currently, Dr. Brown is working with Joe Morris, of the New England Conservatory in a recording of free music for saxophone, clarinet and guitar to be released in late 2019. The “Tenor Saxophone Legacy Project” with Jack Wilkins and Per Danielsson performed in Europe (July 2019) at the College Music Society International Music Conference.

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Taking the High Road Allan Gorden Bell 4
TBD Dr. Laurie Radford 7
TBD Jordan Nobles 7