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NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Presenter — Andrew Allen

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Saxophone Player
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Name: Andrew Allen
Website: http://www.allensax.com
Presentation Date: Monday, March 9, 2020 11:00 AM
Presentation Venue: Recital Hall
Presentation Title: SAGA Quartet Performs Di/con[ver(gence/sions)] by David Dzubay
Type of Presentation: Professional Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 16
Bio: Andrew J. Allen has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, and Croatia. As a concerto soloist, he has appeared with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma State University Chamber Orchestra, the University of Arkansas Wind Symphony, and the Midwestern State University Wind Ensemble. More than two dozen works have been commissioned and premiered by him from such composers as François Rossé, Robert Lemay, Fang Man, Jesse Jones, and Greg Simon.  His recordings can be heard on the Equilibrium and Parma labels.

Andrew J. Allen currently serves as an assistant professor of music at Georgia College & State University. He holds degrees from Tennessee Technological University, Central Michigan University, and the University of South Carolina.  Allen is a Conn-Selmer Artist-Clinician and a Vandoren Performing Artist and he performs exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones and Vandoren mouthpieces, reeds, and ligatures.
Ensemble Bio: SAGA Quartet is an ensemble dedicated to bringing new works into the world and rediscovering masterworks of the past.  They have performed at the Texas Music Education Association Convention and the North American Saxohone Alliance Region IV Conference.  The group consists of Andrew J. Allen (Georgia College), Matthew Tracy (Southwestern Oklahoma State Uniersity), Gregoy Dewhirst (Tarrant County College, Southeast), and Andy Wright (Grayson College).

Other Performers / Participants


Matthew Tracy

Alto Saxophone

Bio: Saxophonist Matthew Tracy is a dynamic performer and teacher, who has received acclaim for his innovative interpretations and pedagogy. He was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance from Michigan State University, serving as a teaching assistant to world renowned saxophonist Joseph Lulloff. Additionally, he has appeared as a guest artist and clinician in high schools and universities across the United States. An accomplished chamber musician, Tracy has won awards in the Fischoff, Plowman, Coleman, MTNA and North American Saxophone Alliance chamber music competitions. He was recently featured at the US Navy Band Saxophone Symposium and the NASA Region IV conference. Tracy serves as Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Music Theory at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where he teaches Saxophone, Chamber Music and courses in Music Theory, Aural Skills, and 20th Century Music.

Gregory Dewhirst

Tenor Saxophone

Bio: Dr. Gregory Dewhirst serves at Professor of Music with Tarrant County College, and Adjunct Professor of Saxophone and Associate Director of the wind ensemble at Texas Wesleyan University. Prior to his appointments at TCC and Wesleyan, he served as a teaching fellow at the University of North Texas.
An active performer, Dr. Dewhirst performs as a soloist and guest artist, the Northeast Orchestra in Hurst,, the Meridian Chamber Players, Tarrant County College, Texas Wesleyan Wind Ensemble, and the SAGA Saxophone Quartet.
His primary instructors have included Dr. Eric Nestler, Eugene Rousseau, James Riggs, Wayne Dorothy, Matthew Patnode and Mark Watkins. He received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from North Dakota State University and his Master and Doctorate of Music from the University of North Texas respectively.

Andy Wright

Baritone Saxophone

Bio: Dr. Andy Wright is Professor of Music on the faculty of Grayson College in Denison, TX. Dr. Wright has been guest soloist with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Grayson College Concert Band and the University of North Texas Symphonic Band. He has appeared with the Dallas Winds, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the Plano Symphony Orchestra, the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, Odysseus Chamber Orchestra and the Les Elgart Orchestra. Dr. Wright has performed and presented lectures at the World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia and various North American Saxophone Alliance conferences . Dr. Wright received his doctorate degree in saxophone performance and his master of music in jazz studies from the University of North Texas, and his bachelors in music education from the University of Central Arkansas. Andy Wright is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Vandoren Artist-Clinician performing exclusively on Yamaha saxophones along with Vandoren mouthpieces, reeds and ligatures.

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Di/con[ver(gence/sions)] for saxophone quartet David Dzubay 16