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NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Presenter — Christopher Kocher

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Saxophone Player

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Name: Christopher Kocher
Presentation Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 2:20 PM
Presentation Venue: Evelyn Smith Theatre
Presentation Title: The Frane-Kocher Duo
Type of Presentation: Professional Jazz Performance
Proposal Duration: 30
Bio: C.J. Kocher is Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at the University of South Dakota. He has experience as both a classical and jazz saxophonist. He has performed with the South Dakota Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and others. With pianist Ryan Frane he formed the Frane-Kocher Duo, performing jazz standards and original music. He also performs with the Sempre Saxophone Quartet and is a member of the Kocher Duo with his wife Stephanie (flute and saxophone). Kocher has premiered new works at World Saxophone Congresses and North American Saxophone Alliance events. He has toured Japan three times, playing lead alto with the Billy Vaughn Orchestra. He has also played with Frank Mantooth, Matt Wilson, Steve Wiest, Denis DiBlasio, Al Jarreau, and others. Kocher completed the Doctor of Arts degree at the University of Northern Colorado and also holds degrees from Wichita State University and Washburn University.  

Other Performers / Participants

Name Instrument Bio
Ryan Frane Piano Ryan Frane is the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Under his dir . . .

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Weep Gary McFarland 8
AyJay Ryan Frane 6
Boto Antonio Carlos Jobim 7
Forever Blues Ryan Frane 6