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NASA 2022 Biennial Conference Presenter — Joshua Bryant

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.

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Saxophone Player

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Name: Joshua Bryant
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Presentation Date: Monday, March 9, 2020 10:00 AM
Presentation Venue: Organ Hall
Presentation Title: Joshua Bryant & The Aruna Quartet Perform Music for Saxophone & Organ
Type of Presentation: Professional Classical Solo Performance
Proposal Duration: 17
Bio: Joshua Bryant is a saxophonist based out of San Antonio, Texas, where he teaches at Trinity University, San Antonio College, and teaches a national award winning private studio that reaches the greater San Antonio area. As an educator, Joshua’s students have won many competitions including The Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, The M Prize Chamber Arts Competition, and have received scholarships to saxophone studios around the nation. As a performer, Joshua shares his passion for the tenor saxophone by engaging audiences around the world and advancing the repertoire for the instrument through his own transcriptions, showcasing the capabilities of the tenor voice. Joshua Bryant received his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Oklahoma, and his master’s in saxophone performance at Duquesne University with his great mentor and leader of his instrument, James Houlik.
Ensemble Bio: Since forming at Texas Tech University in the Fall of 2015, the Aruna Quartet has performed a wide range of traditional and contemporary repertoire. The Aruna Quartet is a prizewinner in national and international competitions including the MTNA National Competition, the Coltman Competition, The American Prize, and the ENKOR competition. Aruna was awarded the Gold Medal and Grand Prize at the 46th Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. In addition to their competition performances, the Aruna Quartet regularly performs recitals at universities, public schools and conferences including those held by the North American Saxophone Alliance and the Texas Music Educators Association. Most Recently, Aruna was invited to perform and teach at the 2019 Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy which was held at Rangsit University in Bangkok, Thailand. At Texas Tech University, the quartet is coached by Professor of Saxophone, David Dees and have received additional instruction from legendary saxophone Frederick L. Hemke.

Other Performers / Participants


 

Aruna Quartet

Saxophone Quartet

Bio: Since forming at Texas Tech University in the Fall of 2015, the Aruna Quartet has performed a wide range of traditional and contemporary repertoire. The Aruna Quartet is a prizewinner in national and international competitions including the MTNA National Competition, the Coltman Competition, The American Prize, and the ENKOR competition. Aruna was awarded the Gold Medal and Grand Prize at the 46th Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. In addition to their competition performances, the Aruna Quartet regularly performs recitals at universities, public schools and conferences including those held by the North American Saxophone Alliance and the Texas Music Educators Association. Most Recently, Aruna was invited to perform and teach at the 2019 Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy which was held at Rangsit University in Bangkok, Thailand. At Texas Tech University, the quartet is coached by Professor of Saxophone, David Dees, and have recieved additional instruction by Frederick L. Hemke.

Samuel Gaskin

Organ

Bio:

Samuel Gaskin completed undergraduate studies in psychology before receiving his graduate degree in organ performance from the University of North Texas.  He began playing continuo with UNT’s Baroque Orchestra before playing with the San Antonio Symphony under the baton of Jeannette Sorell (Apollo’s Fire), as well as the San Antonio-based early music group Sonido Barroco. Mr. Gaskin has traveled to Europe to study improvisation with organist-composers Thierry Escaich and Franz Dangsagmüller, among others. In 2016, he won 1st prize in the University of Michigan International Organ Improvisation Competition. Samuel recently performed for the Organ Historical Society’s 2019 National Convention. Currently, Samuel is Assistant Organist/Choirmaster at the historic St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in downtown San Antonio.



Pieces to Be Performed


 
Title Composer Duration
Valley of Fire William Albright 5
Jubilees Sherwood Shaffer 6
Chants Samuel Gaskin 6