Facebook Twitter Instagram

NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Presenter — Christopher Kocher

Mark your calendars now to join us Friday-Monday, March 6-9, 2020 for the NASA 2020 Biennial Conference at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.
— NASA Director of Marketing


Saxophone Player
NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Premium Sponsors
2020 Conference Sponsors

You may click on the photo for a higher resolution version of the photo.

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


Ryan Frane


Bio: Ryan Frane is the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Under his direction the UMD Jazz Ensemble I has performed in Italy, Switzerland and Holland at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals. As a pianist, Ryan has performed throughout the country as well as in Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Holland and France. Ryan's most recent trio recording entitled "People We Know" features all original compositions with the exception of one standard. Also, Ryan has backed or performed with many musicians including Tom Harrell, Wes Anderson, Ingrid Jensen, Jim Snidero and many others. Ryan has been an active clinician and performer at colleges across the country. Internationally, Ryan has performed master classes at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt, Conservatoire National de Région Lyon, and Petrosovadsk State ConservatoryRyan holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and the University of Northern Colorado. 

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