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NASA 2018 Biennial Conference Presenter — Ben Whittier

Mark your calendars now to join us March 8-11, 2018 for the NASA 2018 Biennial Conference at University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Name: Ben Whittier
Presentation Date: Sunday, March 11, 2018 8:00 AM
Presentation Venue: Cohen
Presentation Title: Ursa Saxophone Duo
Type of Presentation: Student Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 18

Ben Whittier plays saxophone with the Ursa Saxophone Duo. Mr. Whittier is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music degree in music performance at the University of Alberta, studying with Dr. William Street. He is the teaching assistant for the University’s concert band and plays in various groups in Edmonton. Prior starting at the University of Alberta, Ben earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the Pacific and a Master of Music Degree from the University of Northern Colorado where he studied with David Henderson and Andrew Dahlke.

Highlights from Mr. Whittier’s performing career include performing as a winner of the University of Northern Colorado’s 2016-2017 Southard Chamber Music Competition and premiering a new work at the 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial conference in Lubbock, Texas. Ben enjoys teaching the next generation of saxophonists and working with composers, performing and promoting new works for the saxophone.

Ensemble Bio: The Ursa Saxophone Duo was founded in 2016 by Courtney Long and Ben Whittier, graduate students at the University of Northern Colorado. Since its founding, the group has performed throughout Northern Colorado and at the Region II NASA Conference at New Mexico State University. The group is actively commissioning and premiering new works for saxophone duo from rising composers. The group enjoys performing together and sharing new music with diverse audiences. Apart from the duo, Long and Whittier enjoy careers playing and teaching music across the Rocky Mountain region.

Other Performers / Participants

Name Instrument Bio
Courtney Long Alto Saxophone Courtney Long plays alto saxophone with the Ursa Saxophone Duo. She is currently pursuing her Doctor . . .
Ben Whittier Tenor Saxophone Ben Whittier plays saxophone with the Ursa Saxophone Duo. Mr. Whittier is currently pursuing a Docto . . .

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Potpurri Yucheng 9
Five Character Pieces for Saxophone Duet Zach Gulaboff Davis 9