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NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Presenter — Katherine Campbell

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Name: Katherine Campbell
Presentation Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020 11:00 AM
Presentation Venue: Gammage 209
Presentation Title: Confluence: A Convergence of Peoples and Rivers
Type of Presentation: Student Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 14

Katherine Campbell is a saxophonist based in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She is a member of the T.H.A. Saxophone Quartet, an ensemble that strives to play music by living composers. Katherine has appeared with the Occhiolism Quartet at the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium. Katherine is finishing an undergraduate degree at Bowling Green State University with Distinguished Artist Professor Dr. John Sampen. Katherine has also participated in masterclasses with Carrie Koffman, Jim Umble, and Rhonda Taylor. She strives to expand the audience base for classical saxophone through engaging performances in public spaces. 

Ensemble Bio:

The T.H.A. Saxophone Quartet is based in Bowling Green, Ohio where they study with Distinguished Artist Professor Dr. John Sampen.  Having many diverse interests, T.H.A. enjoys promoting music by living composers. As an ensemble, T.H.A. has participated in composition readings for new and upcoming composers. With classical and contemporary training, T.H.A. employs modernist techniques with a culturally sensitive understanding. It is their goal to participating on conversations about social issues through their music. In addition, T.H.A. is working on recording a C.D. that will be released in the spring of 2020. 

Other Performers / Participants


Joseph Johnson

Tenor Saxophone


Joseph Zavaan Johnson is a saxophonist and ethnomusicologist based in Xenia, Ohio. As a strong believer in music’s power to transcend time and space, he strives to harness this power through collaborative performances across the midwest. Joseph is a member of T.H.A. Saxophone quartet and participates in a number of various chamber ensembles. Premiering works from composers such as Nadine Foley, Emily Mcphereson, and Alexander Stengal, he strives to combine his interests in classical saxophone and ethnomusicology to create culturally sensitive performances and promote minority composers. Joseph is currently a student in the studio of Distinguished Artist Professor Dr. John Sampen and a recipient of the Stuart R. Givens Memorial Fellowship.

Joseph Baldanzi

Baritone Saxophone


Joe Baldanzi is an Pennsylvania based saxophonist. He is in his 5thyear of undergraduate study with Dr. John Sampen. He is a member of the T.H.A. Quartet, and ensemble dedicated to playing works by living composers. Other studies include Fred Hemke, Gail Levinsky, and Ray Defayette. As an avid music educator Joe is working on building a curriculum for young players.

Nicole Grimone

Soprano Saxophone


Nicole Grimone is a classical and contemporary saxophonist and bassoonist based in Cleveland, Ohio. They are a member of the T.H.A Quartet, an ensemble dedicated to playing works by living composers. Nicole has placed in the final round of the Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition for three years, and took first place in 2017 and second place in 2018. Other appearances with chamber ensembles include the Navy Band Symposium with the Occhiolism and Epsilon Saxophone Quartets. Nicole is finishing an undergraduate degree in saxophone performance at Bowling Green State University with Dr. John Sampen, and she has played in masterclasses for Fred Hemke, Gail Levinsky and Jeff Heisler. 

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Confluence Libby Larsen 14