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NASA 2022 Biennial Conference Presenter — Kendra Wheeler

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: Kendra Wheeler
Website: http://kendramariewheeler.com
Presentation Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 11:40 AM
Presentation Venue: Katzin Concert Hall
Presentation Title: Alecto Duo and Duo featuring Charlie Chadwell and Kendra Wheeler
Type of Presentation: Student Classical Solo Performance
Proposal Duration: 18
Bio: Kendra Wheeler, from Chicago, Illinois, has recently received her Master of Music degree in saxophone performance under Preston Duncan from the University of Minnesota where she also received her Bachelor of Music Education degree under Eugene Rousseau. She has been an active advocate for music education, as well as, for the inclusion, visibility, and engagement of the underrepresented within the composition, performance, and academic disciplines within classical music. Wheeler has been the recipient of numerous scholarships, grants, and awards including prizes from PanAmerican International Saxophone Competition, North International Music Competition, Thursday Musical, Vandoren Emerging Artist, and Downbeat Magazine. Wheeler began her Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree at Michigan State University under the study of Joseph Lulloff in the fall of 2018.
Ensemble Bio: Alecto is a duo consisting of Kakia Gkoudina (composition / electronics / visuals) and Kendra Wheeler (saxophones) who are graduate students in the College of Music at Michigan State University. Our work is deeply audiovisual, consisting of elements of contemporary music and cinematic tradition. The audiovisual nature of our work, as well as, the way that we try to form our narratives - on the meeting point of musical and extra musical traditions - is a core part of who we are. Alecto was formed in 2018 and has performed on a variety of occassions, such as, the 2018  World Saxophone Conference in Zagreb, Croatia, the 2017 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, the Women Composers Festival in Hartford, Conneticut, and in Cortona, Italy. 

Other Performers / Participants


Kyriaki Gkoudina



Kyriaki Gkoudina is a Master’s student in Composition, at Michigan State University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Film Studies in Aristotle’s University of Thessaloniki (2015) with specialization in Film Music, while studying Harmony ( 3 years) and Counterpoint of the 16th Century and Baroque (2 years) in a private conservatory. She has directed various short films and a documentary that was successfully projected in the 18th International

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival at 2014. Furthermore, she has composed music for plays and performed live on stage, as well as for films and documentaries. Finally, she has sound designed interactive performances and films.

Charles Chadwell

Alto Saxophone


A native of Austin, Texas, Charlie Chadwell is a performing saxophonist and music theorist currently pursuing a D.M.A. in Saxophone Performance and a M.M. in Music Theory at Michigan State University, where he regularly performs and teaches in a variety of settings. Chadwell also serves as an adjunct professor of music theory at Western Michigan University.

Throughout his education he has made a concerted effort to pursue a variety of musical styles and endeavors. Chadwell is well-versed as a classical and jazz saxophonist, and actively commissions new works. Most recently, he premiered a new work by Keaton Garrett at the 2019 Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, and in 2018 he was a finalist and semi-finalist in the NASA saxophone competition for the quartet and solo divisions. Chadwell holds a B.M. in Music Education from The University of Texas at Austin and a M.M. in Saxophone Performance from Oklahoma State University.

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
The Economic Duos Spencer Arias 5
Ras-Al-Ayn Kyriaki Gkoudina 5
A Cathedral of Particles Kyriaki Gkoudina 8