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NASA 2022 Biennial Conference Presenter — Matthew Koester

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: Matthew Koester
Presentation Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020 2:40 PM
Presentation Venue: Organ Hall
Presentation Title: University of Michigan Graduate Quintet
Type of Presentation: Student Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 17

Matthew Koester is a Michigan based saxophonist praised for his "commitment to stellar sound and control" by La Tribune in Quebec. Recent engagements have included appearances with the New World Symphony and the premiere of an opera by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom. Additionally, he is featured on the Naxos label recording of Gershwin’s American in Paris critical edition. 


Koester has collaborated with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings alongside members of the Detroit Symphony, and the Michigan Chamber Players with University of Michigan faculty members. As an active competitor, he has been awarded prizes at the Prix Orford Musique and the MTNA National Competition. In 2018, Koester was the first resident saxophonist at historically acclaimed Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA.


Koester holds degrees from the University of New Mexico and the University of Michigan, and serves on faculty at Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI. 

Other Performers / Participants


Walt Puyear

Soprano Saxophone

Bio: Walt Puyear is master's student at the University of Michigan studying with Timothy McAllister. 

Andrew Hasher

Alto Saxophone


Praised for his “liquid tone” and “smooth and expressive” playing (Classical Voice of North Carolina), Andrew Hasher has performed as a saxophonist and ensemble member across the east coast. Originally from Old Bethpage, New York, Andrew has competed and placed at statewide solo and chamber music competitions in New York, North Carolina and Michigan. As the winner of the Spring 2017 UNCSA Concerto Competition, Andrew has appeared as a soloist alongside the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Andrew has appeared as both a soloist and ensemble member of the University of Michigan Symphony Band. He is currently the alto saxophonist in the Sapphirus Quartet. 


Andrew holds a degree in saxophone performance (BM) from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is currently pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Michigan where he studies saxophone with Dr. Timothy McAllister. 

Hannah Hickman

Tenor Saxophone

Hannah Hickman is a saxophonist and music educator residing in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Achieving success as a soloist, she was selected from a national pool of applicants as a Yamaha Young Performing Artist in 2017. She was named winner of the University of Minnesota Concerto Competition and second prizewinner in the IX Pan-American Classical Saxophone Competition in Mexico City. As an educator, Hannah has enjoyed her experience teaching elementary general music, private lessons, and middle and high school woodwind sections, including the saxophones of the Minnesota All-State Band. Hannah is currently a master’s student at the University of Michigan, where she studies saxophone with Timothy McAllister. She holds a bachelor’s degree with high distinction in saxophone performance and music education from the University of Minnesota, where she was a student of Eugene Rousseau and Preston Duncan. 

Jeremy Howell

Baritone Saxophone


Jeremy Howell is an up and coming composer and saxophonist with an interest in all effective music, regardless of medium. As a performer, Jeremy has concertized in eleven countries in classical, jazz, funk, and rock ensembles. His rich and diversified performance background has bolstered his eclectic compositional style allowing for his works to have been performed by ensembles ranging from the Eastman Saxophone Project to Big Wys Brass Band.

Jeremy holds a BM in Saxophone Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He has studied saxophone with Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin, Dr. Stephen Page, and Harvey Pittel. He is a current Masters student of Dr. Timothy McAllister at the University of Michigan. 


Matthew Koester

Soprano Saxophone

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Liz Ames


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Matthew Koester

Soprano Saxophone

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Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Feng II Chen Yi 11
Les Nuees (U.S. Premiere) Vincent D’Indy 6