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NASA 2022 Biennial Conference Presenter — Benjamin Nichols

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: Benjamin Nichols
Website: http://www.bennicholsmusic.com
Presentation Date: Monday, March 9, 2020 10:40 AM
Presentation Venue: Evelyn Smith Theatre
Presentation Title: Crossover Quartet
Type of Presentation: Student Jazz Performance
Proposal Duration: 20
Bio:

Benjamin Nichols has been featured on dozens of recordings and hundreds of performances around the world. He wrote and performed horn lines as part of the Ryan Innes Band (American Idol, The Voice), which won by popular vote the $10,000 grand prize at the Stadium of Fire in 2012 and opened for the Beach Boys. Ben received a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC), where he studied with jazz legends Jerry Bergonzi, Miguel Zenon, Donny McCaslin, and Jason Moran. While at NEC, Ben served as a teaching assistant to Jerry Bergonzi and Ken Schaphorst. Ben was a featured soloist at the Edinburgh, Burmingham, Marlborough, Wigan, and Durham Jazz Festivals (England); the Glasgow Jazz Festival (Scotland); the Rio Das Ostras Jazz e Blues Festival (Brazil); the opening gala of the IAJE International Conference (New York)

Other Performers / Participants


 

Wilson Poffenberger

Soprano Saxophone

Bio:
WILSON POFFENBERGER is a DMA candidate at the University of Illinois where he is the split jazz and classical teaching assistant for Debra Richtmeyer. As a soloist, Mr. Poffenberger has performed with the Illinois Modern Ensemble, Dana Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown State University Percussion Ensemble, and has presented recitals at the XVIII World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia, EMS60 Conference, Splice New Music Festival, International Navy Band Saxophone Symposium and the Fondation des Etats-Unis. Recent accomplishments include first prize at the 2019 Mostly Modern Festival Concerto Competition, Silver Medal at the 2019 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, first prize at the 2019 Krannert Debut Artist Competition, grand prize at the 2017 Enkor International Woodwind and Brass Competition, and winner of the 2016-2017 Harriet Hale Woolley award. A strong advocate for new music, Mr. Poffenberger has premiered works by Étienne Rolin, Guillermo Lago, Gregory Wanamaker, Robert Lemay, Alexis Bacon, and Vahid Jahandari.



Benjamin Nichols

Alto Saxophone

Bio: Benjamin Nichols has been featured on dozens of recordings and hundreds of performances around the world. He wrote and performed horn lines as part of the Ryan Innes Band (American Idol, The Voice), which won by popular vote the $10,000 grand prize at the Stadium of Fire in 2012 and opened for the Beach Boys. Ben received a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC), where he studied with jazz legends Jerry Bergonzi, Miguel Zenon, Donny McCaslin, and Jason Moran. While at NEC, Ben served as a teaching assistant to Jerry Bergonzi and Ken Schaphorst. Ben was a featured soloist at the Edinburgh, Burmingham, Marlborough, Wigan, and Durham Jazz Festivals (England); the Glasgow Jazz Festival (Scotland); the Rio Das Ostras Jazz e Blues Festival (Brazil); the opening gala of the IAJE International Conference (New York); Ryles Jazz Club (Massachusetts); the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival

Matthew Storie

Tenor Saxophone

Bio: Matthew Storie is a jazz and classical saxophonist. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from Furman University where he studied with Dr. Matt Olson. Matthew has had the opportunity to perform with jazz legends Jiggs Whigham and Bob “Rakalam” Moses. In January of 2018 he presented research on the music of tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm at the 2018 International Jazz Education Network Conference in Dallas, TX. This presentation was the culmination of three months of transcription, analysis, and research on Frahm’s improvisational style. Matthew can be heard on the 2018 CD Welcome to Earth with the Greenville Jazz Collective, a nonprofit big band, based in Greenville SC. He is currently in his second year of his Master's Degree in Jazz Performance at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he studies with Chip McNeill, Ron Bridgewater, and Debra Richtmeyer.

Adam Nigh

Baritone Saxophone

Bio:
Adam Nigh is currently in his fourth year at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
studying jazz performance primarily on alto saxophone. He is originally from Geneva, Illinois
and has been playing classical and jazz styles since the age of 15. Over the past couple years,
Nigh has studied with Chip McNeill, Ron Bridgewater, and Debra Richtmeyer while also
performing with the University of Illinois Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Latin Jazz Band, and the
University of Illinois Saxophone Band. Recently, he has been playing first clarinet in the
Hindsley Symphonic Band and the University of Illinois Clarinet Choir and has always been an 
avid woodwind player, playing clarinet, flute, piccolo, and saxophone in several pit orchestra 
including the Illinois Lyric Theater production of Crazy for You and Parkland Theater’s
production of Young Frankenstein. After this school year, Nigh will graduate with a Bachelors
Degree in jazz performance.


Pieces to Be Performed


 
Title Composer Duration
Just Friends John Klenner 8
Cityscapes Rick Hirsh 10