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NASA 2018 Biennial Conference Presenter — Dannel Espinoza

Mark your calendars now to join us March 8-11, 2018 for the NASA 2018 Biennial Conference at University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio.
James Bunte — Host
— Conference Program Committee Chair
— NASA Director of Marketing


Saxophone Player

Click here for the overall Conference Schedule. NOTE: The closing concert is on Sunday, March 13, at 3:00 PM in Hemmle Recital Hall. We hope you will make plans to be with us for this special performance.

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Name: Dannel Espinoza
Website: http://www.dannelespinoza.com
Presentation Date: Friday, March 11, 2016 3:40 PM
Presentation Venue: Kent Hance Chapel
Presentation Title: Project Fusion presents Tapas by Marc Mellits
Type of Presentation: Professional Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 13
Bio: Described as having an “effective sense of phrasing and dynamic sensitivity” (Florida Classical Review), saxophonist Dannel Espinoza is an award-winning soloist and chamber musician based in south Florida. Lauded as one of the outstanding young artists in his field, Dr. Espinoza is a D’Addario Performing Artist, and has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.
 A native of south Florida, Dannel Espinoza is the adjunct professor of saxophone at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, as well as actively pursuing a career as a freelance saxophonist and maintaining a private studio. Dr. Espinoza maintains a busy chamber and solo performing schedule. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts in saxophone performance and literature with a minor in conducting at the Eastman School of Music; where he was also awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate. His Bachelors and Masters degrees were earned at Northern Arizona University, and Florida State University, respectively.


Ensemble Bio: Winner of the 2015 Astral Artist National Auditions, Project Fusion strives to entertain and inspire audiences as well as promote camaraderie among artists through unique collaborations. Formed in 2010 by graduates of the Eastman School of Music, Project Fusion has been praised for staging engaging and communicative concerts, achieved in part through the distinctive feat of performing musical programs exclusively from memory. The ensemble is also known for its diverse musical programming that includes new music, standard repertoire for the saxophone quartet, as well as arrangements and transcriptions. The quartet has captured top prizes in the world’s most prestigious chamber music competitions including the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition. In 2013, Project Fusion became the first saxophone quartet to earn Grand Prize, as well as the Hugo Vianello Audience Choice Award, at the 6th Plowman International Chamber Music Competition. 

Other Performers / Participants

Name Instrument Bio
Michael Sawzin Saxophone While at the Eastman School of Music, Michael Sawzin (tenor saxophone) completed dual Mast . . .
Matt Amedio Saxophone Matt Amedio is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in saxophone performance at the Eastman School o . . .
Matt Evans Saxophone Matt Evans is an avid soloist, chamber musician, teacher, and arranger. He is currently the baritone . . .

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Tapas Marc Mellits/arr. by Dannel Espinoza 13