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NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Presenter — Elissa Kana

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Name: Elissa Kana
Presentation Date: Monday, March 9, 2020 10:00 AM
Presentation Venue: Katzin Concert Hall
Presentation Title: Music for Saxophone and Piano by Guillermo Lago
Type of Presentation: Student Classical Solo Performance
Proposal Duration: 15

An active saxophonist and music educator, Elissa Kana has performed in festivals and conferences worldwide.  In 2014, Elissa was named second-prize winner of the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition.  A passionate chamber musician, Elissa holds the alto chair of the Colere Quartet, which was recently awarded First Prize in Winds, Brass, and Percussion at the 2019 Plowman Chamber Music Competition. 

Elissa is a doctoral student at the University of Iowa where she serves as a teaching assistant for the musicology department; previously, she was the teaching assistant to Dr. Kenneth Tse and was a recipient of the Iowa Performance Fellowship. Elissa has worked as a coordinator and teaching assistant at the American Saxophone Academy, teaches at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in the summers, and maintains an active private studio in the Iowa-City area. Her principal teachers include Frederick L. Hemke, John Sampen, Kenneth Tse, and Karen Wylie.

Ensemble Bio:  

Other Performers / Participants


Casey Dierlam Tse


Bio: An avid performer of contemporary music, Casey Dierlam Tse devotes herself in promoting new music. She has won several prizes in international competitions, including first prize at the Rose Petroff College Piano Competition held in San Antonio, TX, finalist at the St. Louis Artists Presentation Society Competition, alternate for the New Orleans International Piano Competition and Honorable Mention in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition in New York City.  Besides her solo career, Casey is also an active collaborative artist.  She has been a coordinator for staff pianists for North American Saxophone Alliance conferences and competitions.  She has collaborated with many internationally renowned saxophonists: Claude Delangle, Branford Marsalis, Debra Richtmeyer, Kenneth Tse, McChrystal, Julia Nolan, et. al..  She was a Visiting Artists Professor at the University of Notre Dame and currently serves as a piano instructor and accompanist at Knox College.  

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Strong Ties Guillermo Lago 5
Grizzly Guillermo Lago 5
Las Noches de Verano III Guillermo Lago 5