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NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Presenter — Kristen McKeon

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Saxophone Player
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Name: Kristen McKeon
Website: http://www.newthreadquartet.com
Presentation Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020 10:00 AM
Presentation Venue: Katzin Concert Hall
Presentation Title: Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano
Type of Presentation: Professional Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 12

Currently residing in NYC, saxophonist, Kristen McKeon, serves as Brand Manager for D’Addario & Company’s woodwind division. In this role, Kristen helped lead the development of Reserve products, Select Jazz mouthpieces, and multiple innovative woodwind accessories from D’Addario Woodwinds. 

Kristen is also a founding member of New Thread Quartet (NYC). New Thread Quartet is committed to the creation and performance of new music. Alongside New Thread Quartet, Kristen has worked with composers Scott Wollschleger, Amy Beth Kirsten, Benjamin Hjertmann, Richard Carrick, Anthony Gatto, Luke Schwartz, Roberto Kalb, Marcelo Lazcano, Kathryn Salfelder, Michael Djupstrom, Pat Muchmore, and others. She has been featured on recordings of works by Craig Sheppard, David Claman, Elliott Sharp, and alongside the Brooklyn Wind Symphony.     

An experienced speaker and consultant, Kristen travels globally to lead discussions on instrument accessories manufacturing for D’Addario Woodwinds, careers in music, entrepreneurial thinking, and effective methods for collaboration with the music industry.   

Other Performers / Participants


Crystal Alexander-Duckett

Alto Saxophone

Crystal is a saxophonist, educator and composer based in Austin, Texas. Originally from Lexington, Texas Crystal has been teaching applied saxophone since 2002. In addition to teaching a studio of private students, Crystal also coaches several student chamber music ensembles. In 2019, she is joining the Austin Saxophone Ensemble. In 2018, Crystal’s saxophone quartet Code Seis was premiered the Les Bois Quartet at Texas State University – San Marcos. 

In March of 2015, Crystal was a guest artist at the 6th Sax Fest Costa Rica Internacional where she performed as a featured soloist with the Banda de Conciertos de San Jose. She also taught master classes in chamber music and electronic music at the Universidad de Costa Rica and the Instituto Nacional de Musica. Notable performances include premier performances of a sonata for alto saxophone and piano by Michael Liebowitz and New Horizons for saxophones and electronics by Keri Wing.

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano Dmitri Shostakovich 1