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NASA 2022 Biennial Conference Presenter — Jack Thorpe

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: Jack Thorpe
Presentation Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020 8:20 AM
Presentation Venue: Organ Hall
Presentation Title: Vex Duo
Type of Presentation: Student Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 15

Saxophonist Jack Thorpe is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance and literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Thorpe holds a B.M. in saxophone performance from Georgia State University where he was the recipient of the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award and an M.M. in saxophone performance from Stephen F. Austin State University where he was the saxophone studio teaching assistant. As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed throughout the United States and Japan and has been featured as a concerto soloist with Georgia State University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble,  Stephen F. Austin State University's Symphonic Orchestra, and the Univeristy of Illinois's Wind Symphony. As the alto chair in the Akira Quartet, he has premiered and recorded music by composers Stephen Wood and Matthew Quayle. Thorpe’s main teachers include Jan Berry Baker, Nathan Nabb, and Debra Richtmeyer with additional study under Frederick L. Hemke.


Ensemble Bio:

Established in 2019, Vex Duo consists of Scott Augustine and Jack Thorpe, both currently pursuing graduate degrees in saxophone performance and literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Professor Debra Richtmeyer. After working together in multiple ensembles, Augustine and Thorpe decided to form a duo to explore new chamber music opportunities and repertoire. Vex Duo is dedicated to promoting the saxophone duo medium through the performance of important pieces by major composers, new works, and works by under-represented composers. 

Between Augustine and Thorpe, the two have been featured in masterclasses with Masato Kumoi, Jean-Michel Goury, Claude Delangle, and Frederick L. Hemke. Their primary teachers include Aaron Martinez, Jan Berry Baker, Nathan Nabb, and Debra Richtmeyer with additional studies under Frederick L. Hemke. Accomplishments of the two include concerto performances with Georgia State University's Wind Ensemble, Stephen F. Austin's Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Illinois's Wind Symphony. 

Other Performers / Participants


Scott Augustine


Bio: Scott Augustine completed a Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Stephen F. Austin State University in 2018 under the teaching of Dr. Nathan Nabb.  Scott has appeared in masterclasses with Dr. Frederick Hemke, Professor Joseph Lulloff, Dr. James Umble, and the Masato Kumoi Quartet. Maintaining an active quartet performance agenda, Scott was awarded the silver medal alongside the Khroma Quartet at the 2019 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, has placed first with his ensemble in the Texas State MTNA Chamber Competition in 2016, and performed as a finalist in the Coltman Chamber Competition in 2017. Scott has recently been awarded first place at the Illinois State MTNA Young Artist's woodwind competition. Scott is currently pursuing a Master in Music degree in saxophone performance and literature at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he is a teaching assistant for the saxophone studio under the instruction of Professor Debra Richtmeyer.

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Knabenduett Karlheinz Stockhausen 4
Ximix François Rossé 3
Roya Halim Beere 8