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NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Presenter — Vanessa Sielert

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Name: Vanessa Sielert
Website: http://www.vanessasielert.com
Presentation Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020 3:40 PM
Presentation Venue: Recital Hall
Presentation Title: Westwind Duo
Type of Presentation: Professional Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 17

Vanessa Sielert is Director and Professor at the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho. She has also served as professor of saxophone on the faculties of Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle Pacific University and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Sielert has performed with a wide range of performing groups, including the Palouse Jazz Project, the Bob Curnow Big Band, the Spokane Symphony, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. As a member of the Millennium Saxophone Quartet, she was a medal winner at the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. She can be heard on several recent recordings including Fireflies, recorded by an ensemble she founded, the Free Range Saxophone Quartet. She will be releasing her duo album, duality, with pianist Catherine Anderson later this year. Sielert is a Selmer Performing Artist and Clinician.

Ensemble Bio:

The Westwind Duo is the faculty saxophone duo of the Lionel Hampton School of Music (LHSOM) at the University of Idaho. Northwest natives Patrick Jones and Vanessa Sielert reconnected again as colleagues at the LHSOM after graduating from the school over two decades ago. Since reuniting the pair have begun performing as a duo, playing pieces written for two saxophones in different configurations, as well as commissioning new works.

Other Performers / Participants


Patrick Jones

Alto Saxophone


Patrick Jones has performed as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician around the world. As a featured soloist he has performed with the Grammy award-winning ensemble Imani Winds, Zagreb Saxophone Quartet, Erie Philharmonic, and Erie Chamber Orchestra. Other performances include the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with broadcasts on Performance Today, NPR's St. Paul Sunday and WCLV, home of the Cleveland Orchestra. With nearly twenty years of teaching experience, Jones has publications ranging from the Instrumentalist magazine to BandDirector.com. His most recent solo recording "La Souplesse", includes music for saxophone and piano with introductory notes by Richard Ingham. Jones is an active performer, educator, clinician, and Yamaha Performing Artist. He also plays and endorses E. Rousseau mouthpieces.
Jones currently teaches saxophone at the University of Idaho. Other faculty appointments include Edinboro University, University of Iowa and the Allegheny Summer Music Festival. For more information, please visit www.pjsax.com.

Catherine Anderson



Catherine Anderson, a native of Walla Walla, Washington, is a graduate of Washington State University with a degree in voice and piano. She earned a master's degree in collaborative piano performance at the University of Idaho Lionel Hampton School of Music (LHSOM).

She was on the faculty of the LHSOM for ten years. She coordinated the piano proficiency program and supervised the graduate assistant class piano teachers. She also taught applied lessons, sophomore class piano, accompanying and keyboard history and was the coach/accompanist for the opera workshop program. She also toured as both a pianist and vocalist with the Palouse Opera Project, an educational outreach program for the University of Idaho.

Catherine currently is an independent collaborative pianist for faculty and students at the University of Idaho and Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington.

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Warhorses: Variations on Themes by Glazunov, Creston and Ibert Daniel Bukvich 10
Reckless Murmurs Vern Sielert 7