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NASA 2020 Biennial Conference Presenter — William Chien

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Name: William Chien
Website: http://www.williamchien.com
Presentation Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020 10:00 AM
Presentation Venue: Organ Hall
Presentation Title: New work for saxophone and organ
Type of Presentation: Professional Classical Chamber Music Performance
Proposal Duration: 15
Bio:

Dr. William Chien is a soloist, chamber musician, author and educator. He has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. He holds the degree of Doctor of Music from the University of North Texas. Currently Dr. Chien is the director of the saxophone ensemble at Southwestern Adventist University. Dr. Chien has premiered several new compositions at World Saxophone Congresses, NASA Biennial Conferences, Navy International Saxophone Symposium and Asian Saxophone Congress.

Dr. Devon Howard was born in Colorado and began piano studies at the age of eight. He studied in The Netherlands at Codarts Conservatorium in Rotterdam. At the time, he served as organist in Reform and Scottish International churches and traveled throughout Europe performing on historic instruments. He completed a Doctor of Music Arts degree with Dr. Kimberly Marshall at Arizona State University. Dr. Howard is the assistant professor and department chair in music of Southwestern Adventist Univeristy. 

Ensemble Bio: "Reeds and Keys" consists of saxophonist Dr. William Chien and organist Dr. Devon Howard.  Both of them are currently teaching at Southwestern Adventist University in Kenee, TX. Compare to the duet for saxophone and piano, composition for saxophone and organ are considerable much less.  However, the dramatic effect and drastic dynamic range of organ is a great fit with saxophone. Reeds and Keys is attempting to explore the possibility of this special instrumentation, including both historical transcription and original compositions. Moreover, they are eager to contribute to the repetorie by bringing new sound and new elements to the commissioned work.  Their debut performance is featured as special guest for 2020 Southwestern Music Festival at Meyerson Symphony Center at Dallas. 

Other Performers / Participants


 

Devon Howard

Organ

Bio:

Devon Howard, D.M.A., was born in Colorado and began piano studies at the age of eight. He began organ studies at the age of thirteen. In 1999, Dr. Howard studied for one year with Donald Sutherland at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland, before transferring to Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee. Later Dr. Howard lived and studied in The Netherlands at Codarts Conservatorium in Rotterdam.  Throughout his time in Europe, Devon served as organist in Reform and Scottish International churches and traveled extensively throughout Europe playing and performing on historic instruments.

In 2012, he completed a Doctor of Music Arts degree with Dr. Kimberly Marshall at Arizona State University, during which time he served as a Teaching Assistant for three years. 

Dr. Howard is the Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Southwestern Adventist University. He is a passionate advocate for improvisation, education and performance.



Pieces to Be Performed


 
Title Composer Duration
Untitled work for saxophone and organ Yaming Hsu 15