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NASA 2022 Biennial Conference Presenter — Robert Young

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

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Name: Robert Young
Website: http://www.robertyoungsaxophone.com
Presentation Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020 1:00 PM
Presentation Venue: Evelyn Smith Theatre
Presentation Title: ThreeForm
Type of Presentation: Professional Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 18


Ensemble Bio:

Formed in 2016, ThreeForm is a new music trio that is committed to exploring the possibilities that arise when heavily infusing concert music with elements of jazz, improvisatory music, hip-hop, and other genres that are typically experienced outside of the concert halls.  Through experimentation and challenging traditions, ThreeForm aims to incorporate these musical elements in the modern concert experience. The ensemble’s name is a cleaver play on the word freeform, which accurately describes their unique musical aesthetic.

The members of Threeform (Robert Young, M. Maxwell Howard, Tim Sullivan) can all be described as hybrid musicians as they have professional experience playing a wide array of music. The agenda of ThreeForm is to craftily pull these influences into the listening experience.

Other Performers / Participants


M. Maxwell Howard



M. Maxwell Howard received his masters degree from New England Conservatory and spent two years as as staff pianist at Boston Ballet before moving to northern New York to work as a freelancer. Since his arrival there, he has integrated himself into the new music community, premiering several works by SUNY Potsdam faculty and composition students, as well as his own compositions, like the ten-hour, overnight Nocturne. As a pianist, he has performed throughout the United States, Mexico, Cuba, and Europe - most recently at NASA conferences in Lubbock, Texas and Cincinnati, Ohio and on a tour in Cuba with the Crane School of Music Latin Ensemble. He specializes in instrumental and vocal accompanying, solo piano repertoire, and new and improvised music. As a composer, he has been commissioned to compose premiere ballets for the Burklyn Ballet Theatre and Columbus Dance Theatre.

Tim Sullivan


Bio: Tim Sullivan's compositions received performances via the Colorado Symphony, American Opera Projects, 2018 and 2008 NASA conference, ALEA III, Etcetera Festival of New Music, World Saxophone Congress XIII, Society of Composers conferences, and the University of Nebraska New Music Festival. He has received honors and awards from ACO/Earshot, Minnesota Orchestra, ASCAP, ALEA III, and Downbeat magazine. Also an accomplished jazz drummer, he has several recordings as a member of the Boulder Creative Music Ensemble, and has performed with Ron Miles at jazz festivals throughout the U.S. He has presented his theoretical research at several international conferences, and has published analytical essays on the music of Alfred Schnittke and Galina Ustvolskaya.

He holds a Ph.D. in Composition and Music Theory from the University of Michigan, a dual M.M. in Music History and Music Theory/Composition from the University of Northern Colorado, and also a B.M. in Music Theory and Composition from UNC.

Robert Young

Alto Saxophone

Bio: Robert has collaborated and performed with many celebrated artists and ensembles throughout his career. Highlights include performances with the PRISM Quartet, The Crossing, Chris Potter, Ravi Coltrane, Uri Caine and the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings. As an active soloist, Young has been acclaimed for his “effortless expression and a facile technique” and his “true mastery of his instrument” (The Saxophonist Magazine).   Most recently, in the summer of 2018 Robert was invited as a featured concerto soloist in Zagreb, Croatia at the XVIII World Saxophone Congress.  Prior to his appointment at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2016, Robert held teaching professorships at the Crane School of Music (SUNY-Potsdam) and Wichita State University

Pieces to Be Performed

Title Composer Duration
Talk It Out Timothy Peterson 7
Lethologica Nick Karr 12