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NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Presenter — Katy Faracy

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Name: Katy Faracy
Presentation Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020 2:20 PM
Presentation Venue: Organ Hall
Presentation Title: Shot In The Dark for Saxophone Quartet
Type of Presentation: Student Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 11

Katy Faracy is a woodwind specialist who is dedicated to performing and exploring new music. She had an active part in Milwaukee’s diverse musical scene ranging in genres from contemporary, classical, jazz, pop, funk and new music. She has performed with the Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra, Sheboygan Symphony and internationally renowned Milwaukee contemporary music ensemble, Present Music. Katy was an active pit orchestra musician throughout southeastern Wisconsin as well.

Since relocating to Montclair New Jersey to pursue a master’s degree in woodwind doubling with an emphasis in musical pit orchestras, Katy is an active member and co-founder of Crimson Winds, a woodwind quartet that specializes in woodwind doubling repertoire and standard quartet repertoire for saxophones, clarinets, and flutes. Katy currently studies saxophone with prof. Chad Smith and Flute with prof. Wendy Stern at Montclair State University. 

Ensemble Bio:

Crimson Winds is a woodwind quartet that specializes in woodwind doubling. They comprise of master’s students and graduated professional musicians all hailing from Montclair State University in Montclair New Jersey. They have performed throughout northeastern New Jersey and the greater metropolitan area in concert settings on and off campus and in community outreach concerts at local schools. Crimson Winds draws influence from pop, rock, classical, new music, and commercial. 

Other Performers / Participants


Alex Lemma

Baritone Saxophone

Bio: Alex Lemma is the baritone saxophone and low reed player in the Crimson Wind quartet. After receiving his undergraduate degree in bassoon performance this past May, he began his master's degree in multiple woodwind performance at Montclair State University this fall. He has played many different styles and genres of music with different ensembles including symphony orchestras, jazz bands, wind ensemble, chamber groups and many more. His ultimate goal is to be a woodwind doubler on Broadway.

Amanda Morden

Soprano Saxophone

Bio: Amanda Morden is a woodwind doubler whose primary instrument is flute. She has played a wide variety of music on each of her instruments including, but not exclusive to orchestral repertoire, classic rock, new music, band repertoire, and the music of Broadway.  She has a Bachelors in Flute Performance from Montclair State University and is currently getting her Masters Degree in Multiple Woodwind Performance from Montclair State as well. She has performed in various concert venues including Carnegie Hall with the Verona High School Concert Band, The Stone Pony with popular Beatles cover band “The Weeklings”, Alexander Kasser Theatre as part of Montclair State’s “Peek Performance” series, and Morristown Jazz and Blues Festival with “Rob Paparozzi’s Rockin Juke Joint” as Paparozzi’s featured soloist. Amanda is constantly looking for new playing experiences and new performing opportunities.

Tessa Dolce

Tenor Saxophone

Bio: Tessa Dolce is a freelance Multiple Woodwind Specialist based in the New York/Metropolitan are. A recent MA graduate in Multiple Wooswind Performance from Montclair State University in New Jersey, Tessa studied with Chad Smith, Harry Searing, and Wendy Stern. While at the university, Tessa was a pit orchestra member for West Side Story, Carousel, Three Penny Opera, The Producers, Anything Goes, 42nd Street and Kiss of the Spider Women. Tessa has been a member of the pit orcestra for productions presented by Vangaurd Theater Company, CAST Theater Productions, GB Productions, Plays in the Park and most recently Two River in Red Bank, New Jersey. She also performs as a member of the Garden State Symphonic Band and Central Jersey Wind Ensemble. 

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Shot in the Dark Ethan Cypress 11