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NASA 2022 Biennial Conference Presenter — Joseph Spence

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
Name: Joseph Spence
Website: http://www.josephdavidspence.com
Presentation Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020 4:40 PM
Presentation Venue: Organ Hall
Presentation Title: Ma'at Quartet Recital
Type of Presentation: Student Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 20
Bio: Saxophonist, composer, educator, Joseph David Spence has made a name as an advocate for the saxophone in the concert hall and in his own compositions. A native of Southern California, Spence has studied with some of the most respected saxophonists in America: Carrie Koffman, Christopher Bartz, and John Hallberg. He has also participated in several national saxophone conferences working closely with highly esteemed saxophonists: Timothy McAllister, James Umble, and Marco Albonetti. Spence’s musicianship has also earned him esteem in competitions having won first place in the MTNA Chamber Music Competition for the states of California and Connecticut, the MTNA Young Artist Competition for the state of Connecticut, and second place for the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra’s Instrumental Competition.

Other Performers / Participants


Derek Granger

Soprano Saxophone

Bio: Saxophonist and music educator Derek Granger is pursuing his DMA in Saxophone Performance at the Hartt School of Music, where he studies with Carrie Koffman. A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, Granger earned his MM in Saxophone Performance from Indiana University in 2019, and his BM in Saxophone Performance and Music Education from the University of Arizona in 2011. Granger holds faculty teaching positions at Rocky Ridge Music Center and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. From 2011-2017, he served as Director of Choirs at Flowing Wells High School in Tucson, Arizona, in addition to playing alto saxophone with the Presidio Saxophone Quartet. Past teachers include Otis Murphy, Timothy McAllister, Kelland Thomas, and Mark McArthur.

Andrew MacRossie

Alto Saxophone

Bio: Andrew MacRossie is currently a master’s student at the Hartt School of Music. Originally from Colorado, USA, MacRossie has travelled throughout North America performing and studying saxophone repertoire. He was selected to perform at the 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance biennial conference in Lubbock, Texas, the 2018 NASA biennial conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the 2019 International Saxophone Symposium. MacRossie has studied with world-renowned saxophonists as a student of the Great Plains Saxophone Workshop, the American Saxophone Academy, and the Orford Academy of Music. He was a winner of the Hartt School’s Paranov Concerto Competition in 2018 with his performance of the Dahl Concerto. As a member of the Hartt School’s “Foot in the Door” ensemble, he performed at the 2019 College Band Directors National Association National Conference in Tempe, Arizona. MacRossie is a student of Carrie Koffman, while his former teachers include Peter Sommer, Dan Goble, and Wil Swindler.

Brandon Nowakowski

Tenor Saxophone

Bio: Brandon Nowakowski is a second-year master’s student at the Hartt School where he studies with Carrie Koffman. Prior to attending Hartt, he obtained a Bachelor of Music in saxophone performance under the tutelage of Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics. In 2016 Nowakowski was selected to attend the Brevard Music Center Summer Festival in Brevard, North Carolina, and in 2017 he attended the American Saxophone Academy held at the University of Iowa. In 2018 he was a winner of the UMass Concerto Competition and performed Jacques Ibert’s Concertino da Camera with the UMass Symphony Orchestra. Nowakowski has also been fortunate to have had additional study with Philipp Stäudlin, Joseph D’Aleo, and Bruce Diehl.

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Flight of Icarus Stacy Garrop 12
Drop Becky Turro 6