Biographies

Allison Adams

Dr. Allison Adams is Associate Professor of Saxophone at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She is a member of the Nief-Norf Contemporary Music Ensemble and the tenor saxophonist in Estrella Consort, a saxophone quartet devoted to the performance of new music. Adams frequently performs with the Knoxville Symphony and has been featured in recitals across the country. She has also performed at the World Saxophone Congress, International Saxophone Symposium, North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Conferences, International Clarinet Association Conference, and TUTTI Festival. 

Besides her study of the saxophone, Adams’ main area of research centers around performance injuries, wellness for musicians, and the integration of yoga into performance. A chapter on her recovery from focal dystonia is available in the collection Notes of Hope (Mountain Peak Music).


Her main saxophone teachers include Timothy McAllister, Eugene Rousseau, and Steven Mauk.
She is a D’Addario Performing Artist. For more information, please go to www.allisondadams.com

 

Crystal Alexander-Duckett

Crystal Alexander-Duckett is an Austin based saxophonist, educator and composer. In 2018, Crystal’s saxophone quartet Code Seis was premiered the Les Bois Quartet at Texas State University.  In 2015, Crystal was a guest artist at the 6th Sax Fest Costa Rica Internacional. Here, Crystal 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. An active member of NASA, Crystal continues to premiere new music and lecture on topics including the integration of Tai Chi for musicians. Crystal is a member of the Austin Saxophone Ensemble, and has performed with other musical groups such as the Midwest Winds, and the Round Rock and Topeka Symphony Orchestras.


Andrew Allen

Andrew J. Allen has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, and Croatia. As a concerto soloist, he has appeared with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma State University Chamber Orchestra, the University of Arkansas Wind Symphony, and the Midwestern State University Wind Ensemble. More than two dozen works have been commissioned and premiered by him from such composers as François Rossé, Robert Lemay, Fang Man, Jesse Jones, and Greg Simon.  His recordings can be heard on the Equilibrium and Parma labels.

Andrew J. Allen is currently an assistant professor of music at Georgia College & State University.  He holds degrees from Tennessee Technological University, Central Michigan University, and the University of South Carolina.  Allen is a Conn-Selmer Artist-Clinician and a Vandoren Performing Artist and he performs exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones and Vandoren mouthpieces, reeds, and ligatures.

Andrew Allen

Andrew J. Allen has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, and Croatia. As a concerto soloist, he has appeared with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma State University Chamber Orchestra, the University of Arkansas Wind Symphony, and the Midwestern State University Wind Ensemble. More than two dozen works have been commissioned and premiered by him from such composers as François Rossé, Robert Lemay, Fang Man, Jesse Jones, and Greg Simon.  His recordings can be heard on the Equilibrium and Parma labels.

Andrew J. Allen currently serves as an assistant professor of music at Georgia College & State University. He holds degrees from Tennessee Technological University, Central Michigan University, and the University of South Carolina.  Allen is a Conn-Selmer Artist-Clinician and a Vandoren Performing Artist and he performs exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones and Vandoren mouthpieces, reeds, and ligatures.

Roy Allen, Jr.

Joining TWU’s music faculty in 2010, Roy Allen brought nearly 30 years of experience in performing and teaching saxophone to undergraduate and graduate level students. In addition to teaching at TWU, Allen is currently the Director of Instrumental Studies /Professor of Saxophone at Brookhaven College in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Allen's students have gone on to being recognized throughout the country. 

Mr. Allen has performed extensively with the East Texas, Mesquite, Garland, Las Colinas, Waco and the Dallas symphony orchestras – as well as the TAMU-Commerce Wind Ensemble, Richardson Community Band and the Camerata Woodwind Quintet.  Allen has been a tenured member of the Dallas Winds (formerly the Dallas Wind Symphony) since 1992 and has performed on over 15 internationally released recordings with the group on both alto and tenor saxophones. Mr. Allen received his Bachelor and Master degrees from Baylor University, where he was a student of Dr. Michael Jacobson.

 

Christopher Anderson

Christopher Anderson is currently on the faculty of Richland Community College in Decatur, IL. In addition to his duties at Richland Community College, Dr. Anderson served as Lecturer of Saxophone at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the Fall 2016 semester as sabbatical replacement for Professor Debra Richtmeyer. Additionally, Dr. Anderson maintains a large studio in Champaign-Urbana.
Dr. Anderson has established himself internationally as a specialist in new music for saxophone. As a result of his enthusiastic and imaginative approach to new music, he has had numerous works dedicated to him and has had the opportunity to collaborate with many composers. Most recently, he has premiered works by Dr. Stephen Andrew Taylor, Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, Robert Lemay, and Christian Lauba.

 

Dr. Anderson holds degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ithaca College, and Indiana University. His teachers have included: Debra Richtmeyer, Steven Mauk, Otis Murphy, and Eugene Rousseau.


Taylor Barbay Assad

Dr. Taylor Barbay Assad is currently the Visiting Instructor of Saxophone, Flute, and Jazz at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. She has performed in France, Scotland, Croatia, New York, Chicago, and all over the United States. She has premiered works for solo saxophone, saxophone and electronics, saxophone duo, and chamber ensembles at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, New Music DePaul, the Electric LaTex Festival, at the World Saxophone Congress, and at North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial and Regional Conferences. Dr. Assad has performed with the Four Tops, Johnny Mathis, the Harry James Jazz Orchestra, Ocala Symphony Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Minos the Saint, and New World Funk. She has degrees with concentrations in Music Education, Music Performance, and Arts Administration. Her primary teachers include Griffin Campbell, Jonathan Helton, and Geoffrey Deibel. She is a Vandoren Regional Artist and performs exclusively on Selmer saxophones.

Taiki Azuma

Taiki Azuma currently serves as the Adjunct Lecturer of Applied Woodwinds at Fayetteville State University as well as the Interim Instructor of Saxophone at UNC-Pembroke. He is a doctoral candidate in saxophone performance and is dual-enrolled in Post Baccalaureate Certificate programs in Oboe Performance and Music Education at UNC-Greensboro.

He has premiered and performed a number of new works for saxophone and woodwinds at various instrumental conferences and clinics as both a soloist and chamber musician, including the Ren Duo with Dr. Xin Gao and the Sirocco Reed Quintet (2017 New Music Greensboro Artists-in-Residence, performers of ClarinetFest 2019). His research on the connection of body to sound has been presented at various venues including the 2019 Midwestern Conductor's Symposium in Kirksville, MO.

His teachers include Dale Underwood and Steven Stusek. He has completed additional studies with renowned saxophonist, Nobuya Sugawa, as a student of the 25th Hamamatsu International Wind Academy in Japan. 

Allison Balcetis

As a faculty member of the University of Alberta since 2009, Allison trains the next generation of thoughtful, artistic musicians, teaching saxophone, chamber music, woodwind techniques, and aural skills.  Outside of the university, Allison helps develop the contemporary arts community as the President of New Music Edmonton, Alberta’s premiere new music concert presenter, since 2010.  She was also the co-curator of SubArctic Improv, a monthly concert series pairing dancers, musicians, text, and visual artists in a totally improvised context which ran from 2016-2018. In 2017 she was awarded the Qualico Artistic Leadership Award from the City of Edmonton.  Allison's recent musical activities include UltraViolet ensemble, improvisation ensemble damn magpies, the Edmonton Saxophone Quartet, and work with Edmontonian dance companies.  She has premiered over 70 solo or chamber works for saxophone.

 


Marcus Ballard

Marc Ballard is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Henderson State University, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi where he studied with Lawrence Gwozdz. His performances include appearances with Bernadette Peters, Bob Dorough, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra, University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Young at Heart Big Band, and the Texarkana Jazz Orchestra. Ballard performs and records with several bands in the New Orleans area.  



James Barger

Mirasol Duo is comprised of James Barger and Ben Still who first met as graduate students at Texas Tech University and are founding members of the award-winning Mirasol Quartet. Committed to the expansion of the saxophone repertoire, Mirasol Duo's mission focuses on the commissioning or arranging of new saxophone duets by composers familiar with the saxophone, thus allowing the utilization of the instrument's expansive sonic possibilities and extended techniques. Dedicated to educating the next generation of saxophone students, James Barger is currently the Assistant Professor of Saxophone at West Texas A&M University and Ben Still teaches applied saxophone, clarinet, chamber music, music theory, and ear training courses at UNC Charlotte and Lenoir-Rhyne University. James is a D'Addario Performing Artist and James and Ben both proudly endorse Selmer Paris Saxophones and perform on them exclusively.

James Barger

The West Texas A&M University Saxophone Ensemble was first formed in 2015 and is comprised of saxophone students studying at WTAMU under the direction of Dr. James Barger.

James Barger

A dynamic performer and teacher, saxophonist James Barger has appeared as a guest artist and clinician in high schools and universities across the United States. An accomplished chamber musician, he has won awards in the Fischoff, MTNA, Enkor, and American Prize competitions with the Mirasol Quartet. He has presented and performed at conferences hosted by the Texas Music Educators Association, North American Saxophone Alliance, and the US Navy Band, and recently taught on the faculty of the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy at Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University and Rangsit University in Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Barger is the Assistant Professor of Saxophone at West Texas A&M University and is a proud artist and endorser of Selmer Paris Saxophones and D’Addario Reserve Reeds.

James Barrera

James Barrera has been active as a performer and teacher in Southern California for over 20 years. He has performed throughout the Los Angeles and Orange County region as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer. In demand as a teacher and clinician James is Lecturer of Saxophone at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach where he has taught since 2005. He has adjudicated for the MTNA State and National competitions and host for the NASA Region II Conference. James is the founder of the California Saxophone Choir, and the ALLOY wind duo. His primary teachers include Leo Potts, Dr. Otis Murphy, and Dr. Douglas Masek. James holds degrees from CSU Long Beach, Indiana University, and is currently a DMA candidate at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. James currently resides in Cypress CA with his wife Janelle, son Michael, 3 cats, and dog, Oilver.


chris beaty

Chris Beaty is Associate Professor of Saxophone at Texas A&M University-Commerce, teaching applied saxophone lessons, coaching quartets and conducting the saxophone choir. Additionally, he directs Jazz Ensemble I and teaches courses in jazz improvisation, pedagogy and history. He holds degrees from the University of Memphis (DMA-saxophone performance), University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM-saxophone performance) and Austin Peay State University (BS-music education). His principal teachers include Allen Rippe, Rick Van Matre, and Stephen Clark.

Prior to his appointment at Texas A&M University-Commerce Dr. Beaty held teaching positions at Eastern New Mexico University and Austin Peay State University. 


Rhett Bender

Rhett Bender is a Professor of Music (Saxophone) at the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University.  He is the Director of the Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra and Cascade Clarinet Consort. Bender served as the Region 1 Director of the North American Saxophone Alliance. He directs the Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra in Ashland, Oregon. In China, Bender is saxophone guest artist-teacher at the Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu and a Visiting Professor at the School of Arts of Yantai University. Bender performs with the Globe Saxophone Quartet, Rogue Valley Symphony, Britt Festival Orchestra, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Rhett Bender is a Conn-Selmer Artist Clinician.


Jeffrey Benedict

JEFF BENEDICT, founding member of the Orion Saxophone Quartet, holds a B.M. and an M.A. from the Lamont School of Music and a D.M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a student of Harvey Pittel. He has been the winner of four "deebee" awards from Downbeat magazine, one each for Classical Performance and Jazz Composition, and two for Jazz Performance. He is in demand as a classical soloist, and has premiered many new works for the Saxophone. He is an accomplished jazz artist as well, and has produced 15 jazz recordings on Resurgent Music, Sea Breeze and Tapestry Records.  Jeff is a Professor Emeritus of Music at the California State University, Los Angeles. 


Jeffrey Benedict

JEFF BENEDICT, founding member of the Orion Saxophone Quartet, holds a B.M. and an M.A. from the Lamont School of Music and a D.M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a student of Harvey Pittel. He has been the winner of four "deebee" awards from Downbeat magazine, one each for Classical Performance and Jazz Composition, and two for Jazz Performance. He is in demand as a classical soloist, and has premiered many new works for the Saxophone. He is an accomplished jazz artist as well, and has produced 15 jazz recordings on Resurgent Music, Sea Breeze and Tapestry Records.  Jeff is a Professor Emeritus of Music at the California State University, Los Angeles. 


James Besaw

James Besaw is curently in his second year of his Master's degree program in saxophone performance studying with Dr. Jeffery Heisler at Oakland University. James completed his Bachelor of Music Education in 2017 at Saginaw Valley State University where he studied with Professor Susan Littell. In 2015, James was a Performance Fellow at the Nief-Norf Summer Music Festival at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. James has performed in many masterclasses with numerous distinguished musicians including James Umble, Zach Shemon, Taimur Sullivan and the Estrella Consort.  

Nicholas Bissen

Nicholas Bissen is a freelance teacher and performer in Houston, TX, teaching a full studio across the city. Nicholas’s teaching values lead him to frequently conduct and arrange for saxophone. His arrangement of Delibes’s “Flower Duet” was recently featured on the trio album by James Bunte, Nathan Nabb, and Hyun Ji Oh, “Jamnaji,” and his edition of Fernande Decruck’s  Sonata in C# was performed by James Bunte at the opening concerto concert for the 2018 NASA Biennial conference in Cincinnati. Nicholas’s newest adaptation is Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto in D Minor for Alto Saxophone. 

Nicholas received his BME from the University of Central Missouri, MM from the University of Cincinnati, Performance Certificate from Stephen F. Austin State University, and received four years of additional instruction from the Frederic L. Hemke Saxophone Institute. These teachers respectively are, James Gai, James Bunte, Nathan Nabb, Frederic  Hemke, John Sampen, and Gail Levinsky.

www.nicholasbissen.com 


David Bixler

Saxophonist, composer, and educator David Bixler is a multi-faceted artist, having received critical acclaim for both his playing and his writing. He actively leads several projects that serve as platforms for his diverse musical interests. As a sideman David has performed and toured the world with the orchestras of Chico O'Farrill, Lionel Hampton, and Toshiko Akiyoshi. He is also active as a composer in both the jazz and classical worlds, and recently premiered The Hughes Project, musical ruminations on the poems of Langston Hughes for jazz quintet and string quartet. He is the host of Liner Notes with David Bixler, a new podcast centered on conversations with jazz musicians. Bixler is the Director of Jazz Studies at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. As both a Selmer and Vandoren Artist he is active as a clinician throughout the world.


Nathan Bogert

Nathan Bogert is Assistant Professor of Music Performance (Saxophone) at Ball State University. As a standout saxophonist of his generation, Nathan is in demand as a performer and clinician. His performances have taken him to venues on five continents as both a soloist and member of various ensembles. Described as “unbelievably stunning” by Sequenza 21 of the Contemporary Classical Music Community, Nathan’s musical endeavors as both a classical and jazz saxophonist have distinguished him as one of the more unique saxophonists of the younger generation.

As a soloist, he has appeared with many orchestras and bands including the top concert ensembles at both Ball State University and the University of Iowa. Nathan’s commitment to commissioning new compositions has enabled him to premiere compositions by composers Aaron Perrine, Jody Nagel, Benjamin Fuhrman, and Israel Neumann among others.


Myles Boothroyd

Myles Boothroyd is a performing artist dedicated to promoting the versatility of the saxophone across traditional genre boundaries. He has earned top national prizes in the MTNA solo and chamber competitions, as well as first prize in the NASA collegiate solo competition. He serves as assistant editor for The Saxophone Symposium and has presented at conferences across the United States and Canada.

Boothroyd teaches as Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance and literature, a Master of Music degree in saxophone performance and literature, and a Master of Arts degree in music theory pedagogy from the Eastman School of Music. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Central Michigan University. His former teachers include Chien-Kwan Lin and John Nichol.


Brina Bourliea

 

Ann Bradfield

As a soloist, Dr. Bradfield has performed across the United States, Canada, England and Australia, and her solo CD, Variations, is available on Mark Records. She has also been featured in performance at the World Saxophone Congress, North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Convention, and North American Saxophone Alliance Region 2, 3, and 4 Conventions.

Dr. Bradfield completed her doctorate in saxophone performance at the University of North Texas, and her dissertation An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Music for Saxophone by Charles Ruggiero with an Analysis of Interplay for Soprano Saxophone and Piano has since been published. At UNT, she also earned a Master of Music in saxophone performance and Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. Dr. Bradfield is currently Associate Professor of Saxophone at the University of Northern Iowa, and has served on the faculty of Eastern New Mexico University, Cameron University, Oklahoma State University, and Oklahoma Christian University.


Richard Brasseale

Richard Brasseale is a saxophonist based in Chicago. He has played with numerous ensembles, including the Milwaukee Symphony, Madison Symphony, Fulcrum Point New Music Ensemble, Camerata Chicago, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and others. He received his masters and bachelors degrees in Saxophone Performance from DePaul University, where he won both the Wind Symphony and the Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competitions. He also has been to Brevard Music Festival, where he was a member of the ITCH New Music Ensemble and performed with the symphonies there. He has studied with Jeremy Ruthrauff, Susan Cook, and Joe Lulloff. He is currently the classical saxophone instructor at North Park University, where he will play a concerto with their Symphony Orchestra, and is also an Advisor at the Chicago Vandoren Studio.

Emily Brewer

Emily Brewer is a saxophonist and educator in the Minneapolis and St. Paul areas. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in saxophone performance and music education at the University of Minnesota. She studies under the instruction of Preston Duncan. Her Bachelor of Music degree was received from St. Norbert College in saxophone performance. Emily is a part of many ensembles at the University of Minnesota, including the wind ensemble, saxophone ensemble, and saxophone quartet. She has also received second place in the Schubert Club Woodwind Competition (2019). Emily currently teaches saxophone in the Twin Cities area. 

Emily Brewer

 

Robert Brooks

Dr. Robert D. Brooks is a jazz saxophonist and music educator from Michigan. He holds a DMA and MM from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign under the direction of Chip McNeill and David Harris and a BM from Central Michigan University under the direction of John Nichol and Rob Smith. He has served on faculties at Bradley University, the University of Illinois- Springfield and is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at Friends University in Wichita, KS. Robert’s most recent releases, “Accidental Nomad” and “New Standard Duo” on Ropeadope Records, have been received with critical acclaim and he has toured with Reginald Chapman’s “Pressure Fit”, Sun Stereo, and The Lake Effect, throughout the midwest and east coast. Robert is a Ropedope Records Artist.

Derek Brown

From his 30+ million views across social media to his appearance on international television and NPR’s Weekend Edition, Billboard-charting saxophonist/innovator Derek Brown and his ground-breaking extended technique style has been exploding across the world music scene.

Derek has performed solo concerts in all 50 United States and over 25 countries around the world (almost 200 total international shows). His ongoing “BEATBoX SAX” music videos and tutorials on YouTube have been enormously popular among saxophonists and music lovers alike (over 130,000 Youtube subscriptions), leading to endorsements with Legere, JodyJazz, P.Mauriat, BG France, and AKG.

Previously Director of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Abilene Christian University for six years, Derek received his BM in Music Performance (Classical and Jazz) from Hope College (2006) and his MM in Jazz Studies at University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music (2008).


Rulon Brown

Rulon Brown is a musician and visual artist who grew up fixing saxes at his local music store. Like all sax players, he ran into the problem of sticky key pads that cause frustrating play malfunction. After years of research, he created Key Leaves to leave keys open to dry clean. These award winning care products work naturally to totally eliminate severe key stick malfunction and reduce all other forms of key sticking by 98%.

Rulon's recent artist work includes a avant-rock live band album; a solo album created while traveling North and Central America; an interactive museum installation inspired by The American Dream; an art puzzle with each piece embedded with hidden music and film; a CD of world-rhythm improv to 19th Century Christian hymns; headlining the Nicaragua International Jazz Festival; and a U.S. State Department sponsored artist residency at a cultural institute in Granada, Nicaragua.

Greg Bruce

Greg Bruce is a woodwind player, composer, and educator from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. His main creative output for the past several years has been leading the award-winning sax-machine, Ouroboros. Through Greg’s leadership, the band has released two full-length recordings, thoroughly toured Eastern Canada, and played in the US and the UK.

As an educator, Greg has been teaching privately for over 15 years. He has worked as a sessional instructor at Memorial University, adjudicated festivals and competitions, and has led numerous masterclasses and workshops, including his Horn Jam! series for nand students.

Currently, Greg lives in Ontario where he is pursuing his doctoral studies at the University of Toronto. As part of his research, Greg is composing for a new amplified-saxophone-feedback system that he invented, as well as studying jazz and classical approaches to electroacoustic saxophone


Joshua Bryant

Joshua Bryant is a saxophonist based out of San Antonio, Texas, where he teaches at Trinity University, San Antonio College, and teaches a national award winning private studio that reaches the greater San Antonio area. As an educator, Joshua’s students have won many competitions including The Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, The M Prize Chamber Arts Competition, and have received scholarships to saxophone studios around the nation. As a performer, Joshua shares his passion for the tenor saxophone by engaging audiences around the world and advancing the repertoire for the instrument through his own transcriptions, showcasing the capabilities of the tenor voice. Joshua Bryant received his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Oklahoma, and his master’s in saxophone performance at Duquesne University with his great mentor and leader of his instrument, James Houlik.

Brianna Buck

Saxophonist Brianna Buck is an active performer and collaborator. Brianna has had appearances at conferences such as the annual Bowling Green State University New Music Festival, the 3rd annual New Music Gathering, the International Saxophone Symposium, regional NASA conferences, and the 18th World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia. Brianna is currently a second-year master of saxophone performance student studying at Oklahoma State University under Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert. Brianna's previous teachers include Distinguished Artist Professor, Dr. John Sampen of Bowling Green State University and Dr. Nathan Nabb of Stephen F. Austin State University.  

Nessyah Buder Gallagher

Dr. Nessyah Buder holds degrees in saxophone performance and music education from Northwestern University (B.M. 2011), ethnomusicology from the University of Miami (M.M. 2013), and saxophone performance from Shenandoah Conservatory (DMA 2016).  She has studied with world-renowned saxophonists Fred Hemke, Dale Underwood, and Timothy Roberts. She holds Teaching Certifications in the states of Illinois and Virginia, and she taught elementary general music in Fairfax County Public Schools from 2016-2019. She is currently pursuing a PhD in musicology at the University of Melbourne to write the history of the concert saxophone in Australia. Most recently, she is a 2019 recipient of the Bright!Tax Scholarship.

James Buennig

A native of Geneseo, Illinois, Jim Buennig [BYOO-nig] is a saxophonist, educator, composer, and recording artist based in Iowa City, Iowa, specializing in a range of musical styles with his main focus being jazz.  He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Western Illinois University and a Master of Arts degree in Jazz Studies from The University of Iowa.

Jim currently teaches at Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois and is completing his final project for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music.

Buennig's latest album is entitled Smoke & Mirrors and was released in January of 2019.  It consists entirely of original compositions and features his quintet based in Austin, Texas.

​Jim Buennig is a D'Addario Woodwinds artist.


James Bunte

 

Reese Burgan

Houston-based saxophonist and educator Reese Burgan is Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at Lone Star College - Montgomery and coordinator of the annual Montgomery Saxophone Day. His performing career has taken him around North America, including appearances at multiple NASA conferences, The Midwest Clinic, and the International Duo Symposium, as well in local venues in Houston and Atlanta.

Additionally, Reese is a private lesson teacher maintaining a vibrant saxophone studio of over 50 students spanning The Woodlands and Cypress areas and is the site coordinator for the Young Saxophonist’s Institute - Klein, an annual summer saxophone camp with locations throughout Houston and Dallas.

His special interests include new music and collaboration. Recent commissions include works by composers including Lowell Fuchs, Michael  Markowski, and Coleman Rowlett spanning genres including electronic music, chamber music, and solo works. Reese holds a Master’s Degree from Georgia State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Sam Houston State University.



Caleb Burkhardt

 Caleb Burkhardt is an American saxophonist, currently pursuing his DMA at the College-Conservatory of Music where he studies with Dr. James Bunte. He holds a M.M. from Bowling Green State University where he studied with the world-renowned Dr. John Sampen and a B.M. from CCM, where he studied with Dr. Nathan Nabb and Dr. James Bunte. He has completed additional studies with the late Dr. Fred Hemke.

Aaron Burr

Saxophonist Aaron Burr is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Arts in Saxophone Performance at the University of Northern Colorado. There he serves as the graduate teaching assistant to Dr. Andrew Dahlke. He also holds a Master of Music degree from The University of New Mexico, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Northern Arizona University. His primary teachers include Dr. Andrew Dahlke, Dr. Eric Lau, Dr. Ashley Kelly, Glenn Kostur, and Dr. Jonathan Bergeron. Aaron has had the opportunity to perform with the NAU, and UNC symphony orchestras, collaborate with composers on new chamber works, and give recitals in both Arizona and New Mexico. In Albuquerque, he was in demand for teaching private lessons, as well as a clinician, working for several high schools in the area. He was a member of the Platinum Saxophone Quartet which were the guest artists for the Music from Angel Fire school outreach program in April of 2018 and in April 2019. 


Aaron Burr

Saxophonist Aaron Burr is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Arts in Saxophone Performance at the University of Northern Colorado. There he serves as the graduate teaching assistant to Dr. Andrew Dahlke. He also holds a Master of Music degree from The University of New Mexico, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Northern Arizona University. His primary teachers include Dr. Andrew Dahlke, Dr. Eric Lau, Dr. Ashley Kelly, Glenn Kostur, and Dr. Jonathan Bergeron. Aaron has had the opportunity to perform with the NAU, and UNC symphony orchestras, collaborate with composers on new chamber works, and give recitals in both Arizona and New Mexico. In Albuquerque, he was in demand for teaching private lessons, as well as a clinician, working for several high schools in the area. He was a member of the Platinum Saxophone Quartet which were the guest artists for the Music from Angel Fire school outreach program in April of 2018 and in April 2019. 


Griffin Campbell

Griffin Campbell has appeared to critical acclaim as a performer and presented master classes throughout the United States and in South America, Europe, and Asia. Conference performances include solo appearances at meetings of the World Saxophone Congress, North American Saxophone Alliance, the Society of Composers, Inc., the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, and the International Computer Music Conference. World premieres include concerti, chamber music, electro-acoustic works, and smaller pieces both in America and abroad. His recordings can be found on the Capstone, Cat Crisis, Centaur, Electronic Music Foundation, SEAMUS, Vestige, and WorldWinds labels, as well as on CDBaby, Soundcloud, and Amazon. Dr. Campbell is a past president of the North American Saxophone Alliance and is Distinguished Professor of Saxophone and Bayhi Alumni Professor of Music at Louisiana State University, where he has been on faculty since 1984.

 


Katherine Campbell

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. 


Dave Camwell

Saxophonist Dr. Dave Camwell is a distinguished, versatile and dynamic performer, and serves as the Director of Jazz Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Troy University in Alabama. Camwell is a Yamaha, D'Addario,  and Beechler Performing Artist and has over thirty publications available through Jeanne, Dorn and UNC Jazz Press. He has been involved in a variety  of commissioning projects, including co-leading a consortium with Dr. Stephen Page that resulted in a popular new work by noted composer Marc Mellits entitled Tachycardia. In 2017, noted composer David Canfield dedicated his Concerto After Mendelssohn to Camwell, who has performed the work several times in the United States and Canada. The concerto was recorded with the Alberta Winds in May, 2019. 

Camwell studied at the universities of Calgary, Jacksonville State, Northern Colorado, and Oregon, and can be heard on the Parma, Innova, Enharmonic, Teal Creek, and Mark Custom recording labels. 


Samantha Canon

 

Seth Carper

Dr. Seth Carper is a saxophonist and music educator teaching in the Jazz Studies program at Texas State University.  Leading his quartet and co-leading the NOW Jazz Orchestra (New Original Works), Seth is an integral part of the central Texas jazz community. He holds a DMA and MM in Jazz Performance, and a BM in Music Education.   As a performer, he has shared the stage with such jazz greats as Ernie Watts, Vincent Herring, Maynard Ferguson, Pete Christlieb, Bill Mobley, Jack Walrath, Joel Frahm, Andrey Heyward, and Jerry Dodgion. 


Seth Carper

Dr. Seth Carper is a saxophonist and music educator teaching in the Jazz Studies program at Texas State University.  Leading his quartet and co-leading the NOW Jazz Orchestra (New Original Works), Seth is an integral part of the central Texas jazz community. He holds a DMA and MM in Jazz Performance, and a BM in Music Education.   As a performer, he has shared the stage with such jazz greats as Ernie Watts, Vincent Herring, Maynard Ferguson, Pete Christlieb, Bill Mobley, Jack Walrath, Joel Frahm, Andrey Heyward, and Jerry Dodgion. 


Matthew Castner

      Saxophonist Matthew Castner is currently a D.M.A. Candidate at the University of South Carolina where he serves as an instructor in the Music History Department. He also holds adjunct faculty positions at South Carolina State University and Presbyterian College, teaching applied saxophone and clarinet lessons. Previously, he was the Saxophone Teaching Assistant for Dr. Clifford Leaman.
      Recent performance highlights include a trip to Moscow, Russia to perform James Whitbourn’s Son of God Mass, a collaborative performance with inmates at the Lee Correctional Institute and a saxophone quartet tour of Helsinki, Finland.
      Matthew completed his Master of Music Degree in Saxophone Performance at Stephen F. Austin State University, and dual undergraduate degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Music at Case Western Reserve University where he utilized the joint program with the Cleveland Institute of Music. His primary instructors include Dr. Clifford Leaman, Dr. Nathan Nabb, Greg Banaszak and Jeremy Williamson.


Brendan Catalano

Brendan Catalano holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Master's of Music Degree from the University of Florida. Among his accomplishments are winning the 49th Annual University of Florida Concerto Competition, first prize in the American Protege Woodwind Competition, as well as first place at the Saskatchewan Music Festival Competition. He has performed throughout Canada and the United States as a soloist and bandsman. Catalano is currently employed as a musician in the Canadian Armed Forces, and maintains a busy schedule of performing and private lessons.

Christopher Charbonneau

Christopher M. Charbonneau completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance at Arizona State University in 2015. He holds a Master of Music degree from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University at Long Beach. His instructors have included Dr. Michael Hester, Dr. Timothy McAllister, Dr. Otis Murphy, Leo Potts, and Dr. Joseph Wytko. Christopher recently relocated to the Los Angeles area with his wife and duo partner, Hanah Charbonneau. Duo Charbonneau has performed throughout the United States, France, and Germany premiering exciting new works for saxophone and piano by Ida Gotkovsky, Kevin Timothy Austin, Michael Markowski, Gil Dori, and Roger Przyltulski. Christopher also performs as Tenor Saxophonist with the Bandersnatch Trio/Quartet and the Upland Saxophone Quartet.

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Damian Cheek

Dr. Tommy Dobbs is the Instructor of Music - Percussion at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, Treasurer for the Arkansas Chapter of PAS, and a member of the PAS University Pedagogy Committee. He graduated with a Doctor of Music Degree in Percussion Performance at the Florida State University and holds a Master’s degree in Percussion Performance from FSU as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from the University of North Florida. He is a proud endorser of Pearl Drums/Adams Instruments, SABIAN Cymbals, Innovative Percussion Inc., and Grover Pro Percussion.

Damian Cheek

Damian Cheek is the current Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and is completing a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Oklahoma. Damian has been recognized as a classical solo and chamber performer and received first place awards at the Naftzger Young Artist Competition (2018), North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition (2018), and Music Teacher's National Association Chamber Music Competition (2018). Damian has performed internationally as a founding member of the Elysian Quartet and has performed as a guest with the h2 Quartet. In 2018 the Elysian Quartet released their debut album, Red, under the Blue Griffin Recording label – featuring Damian’s arrangement of Marc Mellit’s marimba duet, Red. Aside from arrangements, Damian is a strong proponent of new music and has commissioned solo, quartet, mixed chamber, and electroacoustic works featuring the saxophone.


Po-Tsang Chen

I am from Taiwan. Current MM student from University of North Texas. 

Yiqun Chen

Southern California native Yiqun Chen is a saxophonist and pedagogue in both the concert and jazz idioms. Dr. Chen has taught and performed throughout the United States and internationally with appearances in Japan, China, Belgium, and Croatia.

Dr. Chen has been a featured soloist with the University of Iowa Concert Band, Hong Kong Youth Saxophone Choir, and La Prima Vera Youth Symphony Orchestra based in Orange County, California.

Dr. Chen received a BM from California State University Long Beach, an MAT from the University of Southern California, and DMA from the University of Iowa. Yiqun Chen currently serves as Instructor of Jazz Studies and Saxophone at South Dakota State University.

Primary teachers include: Kenneth Tse, Damani Phillips, Leo Potts, Jay Mason, James Barrera, Rusty Higgins, and Christopher Charbonneau.

Dr. Chen is a D’Addario Woodwinds Artist and Yamaha Performing Artist. He performs exclusively on D’Addario reeds and Yamaha saxophones. 


William Chien

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. 


Nicholas Childs

Nicholas Childs is an active saxophonist and educator currently residing in Buffalo, New York. As a chamber musician, Childs has performed at the NYSSMA Conference opening concert as well as in various chamber music series across New York, including Caffe Lena on the Battehnkill and the De Blasiis Chamber Music Series. In addition to traditional concert venues, Childs has performed as part of mixed media performances with local artists and children’s outreach series. As an advocate of new music Childs has premiered works by Zdenek Lukas and Kevin Austin and been an active participant in the ETHOS New Music Society and Florida State University’s Festival of New Music.

Childs holds degrees from Florida State University (DM), SUNY Fredonia (MM) and Northern Arizona University (BM) and has performed in various masterclasses for artists such as Arno Bornkamp, Hans de Jong and Raaf Hekkema.


Evan Clark

Dr. Evan Clark is currently the saxophone instructor at the University of Illinois, Springfield. His performances and research projects have taken him throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia where he has garnered recognition from the 5th Jean Marie Londeix Competition, The International Saxophone Symposium and Competition, the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition, the MTNA National Senior Woodwind Competition, and the National YoungArts Foundation. He has formerly taught at the University of Illinois as the teaching assistant as well as Illinois Summer Youth Music. He has been a part of numerous premieres and commissions including works by Michael Nyman and Dorothy Chang. He holds an undergraduate performance degree from the University of South Carolina and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois where he pursued a musicology minor. He is currently a Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship recipient for research and performance studies in Berlin, Germany.


Evan Clark

Dr. Evan Clark is currently the saxophone instructor at the University of Illinois, Springfield. His performances and research projects have taken him throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia where he has garnered recognition from the 5th Jean Marie Londeix Competition, The International Saxophone Symposium and Competition, the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition, the MTNA National Senior Woodwind Competition, and the National YoungArts Foundation. He has formerly taught at the University of Illinois as the teaching assistant as well as Illinois Summer Youth Music (ISYM). He has been a part of numerous premieres and commissions including works by Michael Nyman and Dorothy Chang. He holds an undergraduate performance degree from the University of South Carolina and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois where he pursued a musicology minor. He is currently a Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship recipient for research and performance studies in Berlin, Germany.


Paul Cotton

A native of Southern California, Paul Cotton is an established performer and instructor in saxophone. Audiences have heard him play in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Seoul Performing Arts Center, Nixon Library, Musical Arts Center in Bloomington, Carpenter Center, and numerous university campuses. Passionate about his commitment to new music, Paul has worked with numerous composers to perform their works including the IU New Music Ensemble under the direction of David Dzubay. Bringing his spirit for competition, Paul has won first place in the state round of MTNA young artists solo competition including first in the MTNA chamber music competition. He has performed in Carnegie Hall after winning 1st prize in the International American Protégé solo competition. Paul received his BM at California State University, Long Beach studied under James Barrera and his MM in Performance at Indiana University as a student of Dr. Otis Murphy.

Christopher Creviston

Christopher Creviston has performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to the Apollo Theatre and Prince’s Paisley Park. He is respected around the world as a saxophonist with the utmost control and artistry. As soloist and with the Capitol Quartet, he has been featured before some of the most respected ensembles in North America, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony. He has performed and taught around the globe and has commissioned and premiered many now beloved works in the saxophone repertoire. He has released several critically acclaimed recordings with pianist Hannah Creviston, the Capitol Quartet and guitarist Oren Fader. Now on faculty at Arizona State University, Creviston has held positions at the Crane School of Music, the University of Windsor, and the University of Michigan, and his students have received prizes at international competitions. Creviston is President of the North American Saxophone Alliance.

Christopher Creviston

Saxophone Choir 

cindy cripps

Cynthia Cripps has taught at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV, formerly UTPA) since 2006. She teaches saxophone and saxophone ensembles, serves as graduate advisor and on many other department and university committees. She organizes and directs UTRGV’s Summer Saxophone Ensemble which in 2019 registered 70 young saxophonists from across deep South Texas. 

Dr. Cripps has presented solos, chamber music, and lectures in numerous North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Biennial and Regional Conferences and World Saxophone Congresses in Croatia, Slovenia, and the US. She has performed and presented workshops in Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, and locally.

Dr. Cripps received degrees from Central Michigan University (BME), Ball State University (MM), and the University of Miami (DMA).


cindy cripps

Cynthia Cripps has taught at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV, formerly UTPA) since 2006. She teaches saxophone and saxophone ensembles, serves as graduate advisor and many other department and university committees. She organizes and directs UTRGV’s Summer Saxophone Ensemble which in 2019 registered 70 young saxophonists from across deep South Texas. 

Dr. Cripps has presented solos, chamber music, and lectures in numerous North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Biennial and Regional Conferences and World Saxophone Congresses in Croatia, Slovenia, and the US. She has performed and presented workshops in Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, and locally. She continues to perform on saxophone, bassoon, flute, and clarinet in local chamber and large ensembles.

Dr. Cripps received degrees from Central Michigan University (BME), Ball State University (MM), and the University of Miami (DMA).


cindy cripps

Cynthia Cripps has taught at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV, formerly UTPA) since 2006. She teaches saxophone and saxophone ensembles, serves as graduate advisor and many other department and university committees. She organizes and directs UTRGV’s Summer Saxophone Ensemble which in 2019 registered 70 young saxophonists from across deep South Texas. 

Dr. Cripps has presented solos, chamber music, and lectures in numerous North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Biennial and Regional Conferences and World Saxophone Congresses in Croatia, Slovenia, and the US. She has performed and presented workshops in Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, and locally. She continues to perform on saxophone, bassoon, flute, and clarinet in local chamber and large ensembles.

Dr. Cripps received degrees from Central Michigan University (BME), Ball State University (MM), and the University of Miami (DMA).


Andrew Dahlke

Andrew Dahlke is recognized across the U.S. and abroad for the artistry he brings to diverse musical settings,

Andrew has performed regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra, including on the recent Deutsche Grammophon CD release of Leonard Bernstein's Mass.

As a member of the Capitol Quartet, Andrew was featured with orchestras and in recital across the nation. The quartet's commission and recording of Carter Pann's Mechanics: Six from the Shop Floor, was selected as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2016. . 

Andrew’s CD Anime' consists of works by Bach, Poulenc, Ravel, Villa-Lobos and Rodney Rogers. He recorded J. S. Bach’s Solo Cello Suites on soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, while publishing his own edition of the printed music. 

Andrew received a U.S. State Department Cultural Arts Grant to tour China with his own quartet. 

Andrew is Professor of Saxophone at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

www.andrewdahlke.com.

 

Matthew Dardick

The Latitude Duo aims to expand and diversify the repertoire for the saxophone duo.  Members Leo Schalifer and Matt Dardick are both currently second year undergraduates at Northwestern University, studying with Taimur Sullivan.  Formed in November of 2018, Latitude made its debut performance at a joint recital in spring of 2019 and gave performances at numerous venues across the country during the summer of 2019 -- including Brevard Music Center, The Chattooga Club, Elmhurst College, and York Community High School.  Leo and Matt's latest project has been commissioning five new works by undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral composers from music schools around the country: they plan to perform these works at their duo recital in winter of 2020.

Michael Davis

Michael Davis began his saxophone career at the University of Iowa where he studied with Dr. Kenneth Tse. Michael graduated from Iowa in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music Performance degree with high distinction. After graduating from Iowa, Michael participated in the Iowa Saxophonists' Workshop Saxophone Ensemble's East Asia tour in July 2016. The ensemble performed in Hong Kong and in Chengdu, China. Michael went on to study with Dr. Eric Nestler at the University of North Texas where he completed his Master's of Music in saxophone performance with a related field in music theory in 2017. During this time Michael was a member of the saxophone section in the renowned UNT Wind Symphony. Currently, Michael is a DMA student and saxophone teaching fellow at UNT. Michael teaches private lessons in the DFW metroplex and conducts research on saxophone related occupational health problems. 

David Dees

The TTU Saxophone Ensemble has performed at the World Saxophone Congress in Scotland, the 2012 NASA Biennial in Tempe and at numerous NASA Region 4 Conferences. The ensemble is led by Prof. David Dees.   

Sage Degand

The Fidelis Quartet is an undergraduate saxophone quartet comprised of students of Debra Richtmeyer at the University of Illinois. 

Geoffrey Deibel

A Washington, D.C. native, Geoffrey Deibel is emerging as an important voice for the saxophone and contemporary music. He is highly active in commissioning new works for saxophone from both established and emerging composers across a variety of mediums. He has appeared at the Darmstadt and Xenakis festivals, numerous World Saxophone Congresses, lectured at conservatories in the U.S. and Europe, and he has most recently been a guest at the Singapore Saxophone Symposium and Asia Pacific Saxophone Summit. Geoff is a member of the critically acclaimed h2 quartet, and has performed with the New World and Grant Park Symphonies. Geoff holds degrees in history and music from Northwestern University and Michigan State University. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Florida State University and on the faculties of the Cortona Sessions for New Music, and the Great Plains Saxophone Workshop. Geoff is a Yamaha and Vandoren performing artist.

Geoffrey Deibel

A Washington, D.C. native, Geoffrey Deibel is emerging as an important voice for the saxophone and contemporary music. He is highly active in commissioning new works for saxophone from both established and emerging composers across a variety of mediums. He has appeared at the Darmstadt and Xenakis festivals, numerous World Saxophone Congresses, lectured at conservatories in the U.S. and Europe, and he has most recently been a guest at the Singapore Saxophone Symposium and Asia Pacific Saxophone Summit. Geoff is a member of the critically acclaimed h2 quartet, and has performed with the New World and Grant Park Symphonies. Geoff holds degrees in history and music from Northwestern University and Michigan State University. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Florida State University and on the faculties of the Cortona Sessions for New Music, and the Great Plains Saxophone Workshop. Geoff is a Yamaha and Vandoren performing artist.

David Detweiler

Tenor saxophonist David Detweiler was born in Houston, TX and attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts under the direction of Dr. Robert Morgan.

Currently Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone, David joined the faculty at Florida State University in 2016 after serving as Director of Jazz Studies at Nazareth College (Rochester, NY).

David received the DMA degree from the Eastman School of Music in 2015 and the MM degree from Florida State University in 2010. He also studied at both the University of North Texas and William Paterson University, receiving the BM degree from William Paterson. His teachers include: Ramon Ricker, Charles Pillow, Bill Kennedy, Gary Smulyan, and Steve Wilson.

 

David has performed and presented research at numerous conferences including the Jazz Education Network (JEN), the College Music Society (CMS), and the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA). He is also a Vandoren artist.


Gregory Dewhirst

Dr. Gregory Dewhirst serves as Professor of Music with Tarrant County College, and Adjunct Professor of Saxophone and Associate Director of the wind ensemble at Texas Wesleyan University. An active performer, Dr. Dewhirst performs as a soloist and guest artist, with the Northeast Orchestra in Hurst, the Meridian Chamber Players, Tarrant County College, Texas Wesleyan Wind Ensemble, the Greg Dewhirst Jazz Quartet, Wright Dewhirst Saxophone Duo, the GD Duo (flute and saxophone), and the SAGA Saxophone Quartet. His primary instructors have  included Dr. Eric Nestler, Eugene Rousseau, James Riggs, Wayne Dorothy, Matthew Patnode and Mark Watkins. He received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from North Dakota State University and his Master and Doctorate of Music from the University of North Texas respectively. 



Gregory Dewhirst

Dr. Andy Wright serves as Professor of Saxophone and Woodwinds at Grayson College. He received his doctorate degree in saxophone performance and a Masters of music degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas. He received his Bachelors in music education from the University of Central Arkansas. Dr. Wright is a Yamaha Performing Artist and plays Yamaha instruments exclusively, along with Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces, and ligatures.

Dr. Gregory Dewhirst serves as Professor of Music with Tarrant County College, and Adjunct Professor of Saxophone and Associate Director of the wind ensemble at Texas Wesleyan University. He received his Bachelor of Science in Music Education from North Dakota State University and and Masters and Doctorate of Music from the University of North Texas, respectively. 

Drs. Wright and Dewhirst are memebers of the SAGA Saxophone Quartet and actively perform and teach as clinicians, and jazz and classical artists throughout the Texas region.

Christopher Dickhaus

Originally from Miami, Florida saxophonist Chris Dickhaus has garnered a reputation as a performer and educator.

From 2006-2016, Chris built an active performance and private teaching schedule throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As a former member of the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and the North Texas Wind Symphony, he performed a vast amount of contemporary wind orchestra literature and, under the baton of Eugene Corporon, has been included on fifteen recordings.  

Chris has held teaching positions at the University of Northern Iowa (2016-19), and has been Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone at Winona State University since 2017. 

He earned performance degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the University of North Texas, having studied with Dr.’s Steven Stusek, and Eric Nestler, respectively. Residing in Minneapolis, Chris is pursuing a DMA at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, under the tutelage of Dr. Preston Duncan.


Steve Dillingham

Wade Dillingham currently pursues the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance at Louisiana State University as a student of Dr. Griffin Campbell. He recieved a Bachelor of Science in Instrumental Music from the University of North Alabama, studying saxophone and clarinet with Dr. Meghan Merciers and flute with Dr. Whitney O'Neal, and a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance at the University of New Mexico, studying with Dr. Eric Lau and Dr. Ashley Kelly. While In New Mexico he also studied clarinet with Professor Keith Lemmons. As a multi-instrumentalist he is most interested in the perfomance and pedagogy of saxophone and clarinet. He has performed at recitals, conferences, and festivals as a member of the Riverbank and Platinum Saxophone Quartets, presenting music of various styles, and he has competed as a soloist, most notably, as the 2017 winner of the Tau Beta Sigma Southeast District Concerto Competition. 

Brandon Douthitt

He began his studies at Butler University in 2011, where he studied saxophone with Dr. Matt Pivec and Nick Brightman. He also studied clarinet with Shawn Goodman and piano with Gary Walters. During his final year he was honored with an Indianapolis Jazz Foundation scholarship. In 2015, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. He matriculated to Queens College to further his studies.A 2017 graduate of Queens College with a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance, Brandon studied under the tutelage of Antonio Hart and Tim Armacost. He also had the pleasure of learning from Michael Mossman, David Berkman, Jeb Patton, and Dennis Mackrel. While at QC, he collaborated with a considerable amount of his colleagues in different configurations and ensembles. Upon his graduation he was awarded the prestigious Jimmy Heath Award.

Currently, he is the Assistant Professor of Woodwinds and Music Industry at Kentucky State University.  


Preston Duncan

An internationally acclaimed performer and educator based out of  Minneapolis, Preston Duncan has been hailed as “displaying his saxophone mastery” (The Indianapolis Star) with “virtuosic brilliance” (the Muncie Start/Press) as a “terrific talent” (Marvin Hamlisch).  

He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and performed internationally and given master classes at The Royal Conservatory (Brussels), , UNAM Conserrvatory (Mexico City), National University (Taipei),  National Conservatory  (Montevideo), National Conservatory (Zagreb), the National Conservatory (San Jose), Superior School (Lisbon), the The University of Montreal, The University of British Columbia, Conservatory of Music (Perugia), Ticino Musica (Lagano), the New England Conservatory (Boston) and the Manhattan School of Music. 

Duncan currently teaches saxophone at the University of Minnesota.   His students have been prizewinners in national competitions including the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition, The Vandoren Emerging Artists Competition and the Plowman Chamber Music Competition.  


Preston Duncan

An internationally acclaimed performer and educator based out of  Minneapolis, Preston Duncan has been hailed as “displaying his saxophone mastery” (The Indianapolis Star) with “virtuosic brilliance” (the Muncie Start/Press) as a “terrific talent” (Marvin Hamlisch).  

He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and performed internationally in such prestigious venues as the Salle Verdi (Milan), the American Embassy (Paris), The Royal Conservatory (Brussels), Circle Theater (Indianapolis), UNAM Hall (Mexico City), the National University (Taipei), Salle Verdi (Montevideo), the National Conservatory (Zagreb), the National Conservatory (San Jose), and Disneyland (Los Angeles). 

Duncan currently teaches saxophone at the University of Minnesota.   He has premiered works by Bernard Rands, Ernesto Pellegrini, Joseph Dangerfield, Kenneth Fuchs and others.  Duncan performs exclusively on the Buffet Senzo saxophone and Leger Reeds. 


Robert Eason

Hailed by Fanfare magazine for his “exceptional feel for elegance, wit… and tonal beauty,” Bob Eason is a Nashville-based saxophonist and educator.  Bob teaches applied saxophone studies and music education courses at Austin Peay State University in and Murray State University, and he is finishing up his doctoral studies at Indiana University where he studied with Dr. Otis Murphy. Recently, Bob was a guest artist at the Encuentro Universitario Internacional De Saxofón México XVIII in Mexico City, and in 2018 Bob was a guest artist at the Ensemble SaxoBang Festival in Taipei. He holds a master’s degree in saxophone performance from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in music education from The University of Houston where he studied with Mr. Dan Gelok, Mrs. Valerie Vidal, and Dr. Karen Wylie.

Rami El-Farrah

Dr. Rami El-Farrah is a concert saxophonist best known for his work as a soloist and member of the Zenith QuintetBel Cuore Quartet and the Austin Saxophone Ensemble.  As an award-winning soloist and chamber musician, Dr. El-Farrah has  performed across the United States and throughout Europe. Dr. El-Farrah  and has been featured on several musical albums, as well as new albums  forthcoming with Bel Cuore Quartet and Austin Saxophone Ensemble.  In addition to concertizing Dr. El-Farrah teaches saxophone at The  University of Texas at San Antonio, where he also leads the university’s  saxophone ensemble.

Erik Elmgren

Erik Elmgren is a concert saxophonist, chamber musician, and educator dedicated to sharing music with audiences of all types from concert halls to community centers. Currently, Erik is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Saxophone Performance and Literature as well as a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the University of Georgia, where he also serves as a teaching assistant in the saxophone studio and UGA’s Arts Career and Entrepreneurship Space. He participated in the Graduate School’s Emerging Leaders program during the 2018-2019 school year. He maintains and active performing schedule and has won prizes at numerous competitions as both a soloist and as alto saxophonist with the award-winning Fuego Quartet. Erik’s research focus deals with creating a model for students in higher education to engage with creative placemaking as a valuable artistic and educational framework.

        



Dannel Espinoza

Dannel Espinoza is an award-winning soloist and chamber musician based in south Florida. Dannel is soprano saxophonist of Project Fusion, an ensemble that won numerous awards including Grand Prize and Audience Choice Award at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition(2013), Gold Medal at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition(2013), and top prizes at Coleman International Chamber Ensemble Competition, Arriaga, and Music Teachers National Association. Dannel regularly performs with several local orchestras and with harpist Kristina Finch as the Kontra Duo. Dannel is an Astral Artist and a D’Addario Performing Artist.

Adam Estes

Adam Estes is associate professor of music at the University of Mississippi, where he teaches saxophone and bassoon, coaches woodwind chamber ensembles, and teaches woodwinds methods courses. Most recently, he was assistant professor at Minot State University. Formerly a band director in the public schools in Mason, Texas, Estes has also held posts as visiting professor of saxophone at Furman University and the University of South Carolina, as well as instructorships at Presbyterian College and the South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities.  Estes is a founding member of the Assembly Quartet, and maintains an active performance schedule as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician. Dr. Estes is a Yamaha Performing Artist and performs exclusively on Yamaha Saxophones. He has recorded on Albany Records, AMP Recordings, and MSR Classics.

 

Justin Evangelist

Justin Evangelist is an active performer of solo works and chamber music from Akron, OH. He has appeared throughout the Midwest in various settings performing new saxophone literature as well as classics. Justin’s playing has earned him several awards, including winner of the 2019 University of Akron (UA) Concerto Competition and first place in the 2017 MTNA Young Artist Woodwind State Competition (OH). Justin has been featured as a soloist on numerous occasions, including the Society of Composers Region V Conference, the 2019 NASA Region V Conference, and the 2019 UA Collage Concerts.

Justin is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in saxophone performance at Central Michigan University, where he studies with Professor John Nichol and also serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Before coming to CMU, Justin earned a Bachelor of Music in saxophone performance from the University of Akron, where he studied with Dr. Todd Gaffke. 


Matthew Evans

Dr. Matt Evans is an award-winning soloist, chamber musician, educator, and arranger who has performed and taught across the globe. Currently a saxophonist in the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” Matt is Instructor of Saxophone at Virginia Commonwealth University. Matt is a founding member of Project Fusion, the Zzyzx Quartet, and the Eastman Saxophone Project. A new music enthusiast, Matt has commissioned over 30 new works for saxophone by American composers, served as president of OSSIA New Music, and is a core member of the [~Switch Ensemble]. Matt studied with Dr. Otis Murphy and Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and Eastman School of Music, respectively, earning a Performer’s Certificate at both institutions. Matt is Yamaha Performing Artist and a D’Addario Woodwinds Artist-Clinician.

Katy Faracy

Katy Faracy is a woodwind specialist who is dedicated to performing and exploring new music. She had an active part in Milwaukee’s diverse musical scene ranging in genres from contemporary, classical, jazz, pop, funk and new music. She has performed with the Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra, Sheboygan Symphony and internationally renowned Milwaukee contemporary music ensemble, Present Music. Katy was an active pit orchestra musician throughout southeastern Wisconsin as well.

Since relocating to Montclair New Jersey to pursue a master’s degree in woodwind doubling with an emphasis in musical pit orchestras, Katy is an active member and co-founder of Crimson Winds, a woodwind quartet that specializes in woodwind doubling repertoire and standard quartet repertoire for saxophones, clarinets, and flutes. Katy currently studies saxophone with prof. Chad Smith and Flute with prof. Wendy Stern at Montclair State University. 


wenbo feng

Chinese Saxophonist, Wenbo Feng. Currently working on his doctor degree as saxophone performance at University of North Texas. In 2016-2019, Wenbo Feng was a teaching fellow in UNT. Assisting the Saxophone studio events and teaching weekly saxophone lessons and quartet coaching to undergraduate music major students. In 2018, Wenbo Feng joined Mountain View college as saxophone adjunct professor. Wenbo has been chose as a First Place Winner (College Students and Professional Musicians Category) of the American Protégé International Woodwinds & Brass Competition 2019.

      Wenbo Feng not only as saxophonist but also composer. In 2014, Wenbo is going to North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, and he gave two performances at the conference: one is his own composition—Windtalker. In 2015, Wenbo Feng permitted another two of his own works, Bridge and Phoenix, on 37th International Saxophone Symposium at Washington D.C. 


Joel Ferst

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Joel Ferst, is an advocate for music education and the advancement of music and is a member of cNAFME  and has worked as a camp counselor at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

His research interests include the use of music as a social platform for change, the use of nontraditional performance standards and their effect in audience engagement, and the use of syntax and its use in the compositions of music in different languages.

Joel is currently a senior at Florida State University earning his Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance and a specialization in music entrepreneurship. Joel's teachers include Geoffrey Deibel, Katherine Weintraub, and Martin Wilkes, and he has studied jazz with Bill Kennedy. Joel has played in masterclasses or had other private training with Timothy McAllsiter, Zachary Schemon, Arno Bornkamp, Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, Phillip Pierk, Kenneth Radnofsky, Jennifer Bill, the MANA Quartet, and Patrick Meighan.


Stephen Fischer

Stephen Fischer, serves as the Outreach Administrator for the University of Georgia Hugh Hodgson School of Music working with the Community Music School, String Project, and Summer Music Camps. A graduate of the University of Georgia, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in music education and his Masters and DMA in saxophone performance.

As a performer, Dr. Fischer is an active member of the North American Saxophone Alliance, and has been invited to perform at the organization's national and regional conferences. He has also performed at meetings of the World Saxophone Congress in Minneapolis, Minnesota (2003), Ljubljana, Slovenia (2006), St. Andrews, Scotland (2012), Strasbourg, France (2015), and most recently in Zagreb, Croatia (2018).

Dr. Fischer maintains an active schedule as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. He has served on the music faculties of Georgia College, Clemson University, the University of Georgia, and the University of West Georgia.


Matt Floeter

Matthew Floeter is a senior saxophone performance, instrumental education double major at Oklahoma State University. He studies classically under Dr. Johnny Salinas and jazz with Dr. Tommy Poole. Floeter has performed abroad in Italy, Croatia, and London. Stateside, he has performed at each of the last 4 NASA conferences, at the 2016 Midwest Clinic, 2017 Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, and was recently invited back to the Symposium for a 2019 performance. 

Abraham Nunez studies with Tommy Poole and Johnny Salinas at Oklahoma State University pursuing a Bachelor's of Music Education. At Oklahoma State, he has performed with numerous ensembles including the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra. Abraham has performed at the Cortona Saxophone Sessions in Cortona, Italy as well as the World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia. He has received mentorship from Kaylee Christensen and Reese Burgan and additional instruction from Connie Frigo, and Dan Gelok.


James Flowers

Dr. James Flowers is Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Indiana University of
Pennsylvania and adjunct professor of saxophone at Westminster College. James recently
completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts in saxophone performance and literature with a
minor in Jazz at the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Flowers has toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and performed with The Cleveland Duo, Wayne Newton, Marie Osmond, Bobby Vinton, Ben Vereen,Mary Wilson from the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas.

James Flowers

Dr. James Flowers is Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Indiana University of

Pennsylvania and adjunct professor of saxophone at Westminster College. James recently

completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts in saxophone performance and literature with a

minor in Jazz at the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Flowers has toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and performed with The Cleveland Duo, Wayne Newton, Marie Osmond, Bobby Vinton, Ben Vereen,Mary Wilson from the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas. Primary teachers include James Umble, John Sampen, Ramon Ricker, Chien-Kwan Lin and Charles Pillow.



Paul Forsyth

Equally adept at both the classical and jazz repertoire, saxophonist Dr. Paul J. Forsyth has performed recitals and taught masterclasses at numerous concert halls, universities, and conferences around the world.  Dr. Forsyth has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician at North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences, World Saxophone Congresses, John Donald Robb Composer Symposiums, and International Saxophone Symposiums.  He has been instrumental in commissioning numerous new works for solo saxophone, saxophone quartet, and saxophone/oboe duo.  In 2017, Paul Forsyth was named the NASA Competition Committee Chairman.

Paul Forsyth joined the faculty of Northwestern State University in the fall of 2007 and currently serves as Professor of Saxophone.  He received his doctoral and master’s degrees in saxophone performance from Michigan State University and his bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Tennessee.  


Sean Fredenburg

Please see individual bios.

Connie Frigo

The Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) promotes gender equity in areas related to saxophone, supports the professional development of women and gender non-binary members in the North American Saxophone Alliance, and serves as a repository of resources and information about women+ and saxophone. The CSW serves the North American Saxophone Alliance in matters that are critical to all saxophonists. 

Connie Frigo

 The University of Georgia Saxophone Ensemble is comprised of undergraduate music majors through doctoral students from the Hodgson School of Music.  They are known for creative performances on and off-campus, including flash mobs and Adolphe Sax birthday concerts.  In 2017-2018, they were in residence at the UGA Dancz Center for New Music. This partnership was a faculty-guided exchange between composition students and saxophone students designed to teach composers more about the saxophone and its repertoire, and teach saxophonists more about the compositional process and new music. The residency concluded with a final project featuring premieres of all new works written during the residency.

Connie Frigo

Connie Frigo is Associate Professor of Saxophone at the University of Georgia. In addition to her international performing and teaching credentials, she is a sought-after presenter on professional development, creativity and women in music. She is a steadfast organizer of interdisciplinary events that focus on the creative process, human connection and engaging new audiences. Connie is the inaugural Chair of the NASA's Committee on the Status of Women. She served six years with the premiere U.S. Navy Band, Washington, D.C.; seven years as the baritone saxophonist with the New Century Saxophone Quartet; and taught at the Universities of Tennessee and Maryland, and Ithaca College. She is a Fulbright Scholar and Artist/Clinician with Henri Selmer Paris and D’Addario. Recently, Connie traveled to Italy, Russia, Brazil, Panama and Croatia to perform and teach, and has taught at American Saxophone Academy (Eastman), the Great Plains Saxophone Workshop, and the Dakota Chamber Music Festival.  
 


Parker Fritz

Parker Fritz is a saxophonist and composer. He finished his Bachelor of Music degree at Central  Michigan University, where he studied saxophone with John Nichol and composition with Evan Ware. While at Central Michigan, he received awards for scholarship, performance, composition, and creative activity, including the 2018 Presser Foundation Undergraduate Scholar Award and the 2019 Provost’s Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishments. He has also received awards for chamber music, including quarterfinalist at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and 2nd place in the MTNA National Chamber Music Competition. Parker is currently earning his masters degrees in saxophone performance and composition at the University of Oklahoma, studying with Jonathan Nichol and Marvin Lamb.  

Parker Fritz

The Codex Quartet is a competitive saxophone quartet from the University of Oklahoma. The Quartet was formed in 2019 by students of Jonathan Nichol. 

Xin Gao

Xin Gao hails from Chengdu, China, currently serves as the assistant professor of saxophone and music theory at Truman State University. He was the first place winner at the MTNA National Young Artist Competition in 2011, finalist at the ISSAC in 2014, and twice semi-finalist at the International Jean-Marie Londeix Saxophone Competition in 2008 and 2014. With QuadrAtomic Saxophone quartet, he reached the finals of both the Fischoff and Coleman competitions, and the group was awarded the Coleman-Saunderson Prize. He performed solo recitals and concertos across the U.S. and China. As a chamber musician, his experience with Ren Duo, Sirocco Reed Quintet, New Century Saxophone Quartet, QuadATOMIC Saxophone Quartet, and Road of Creativity (ROC) ensemble all played significant roles in forming his musical identity. Gao has received D.M.A. from UNCG, MM, and BM from Duquesne University. His primary saxophone teachers are Steve Stusek, Connie Frigo, James Houlik, and Yusheng Li. 

Keaton Garrett

Keaton Garrett (b. 1995 Arlington, TX) is a collaborative composer and saxophonist based in Lansing, Michigan.  His work is often influenced by his experiences performing in large and chamber ensembles as a classical and improvising saxophonist. Currently completing graduate studies in composition and saxophone performance at Michigan State University with Dr. Alexis Bacon, Dr. Lyn Goeringer, Dr. David Biedenbender and Professor Joseph Lulloff. Keaton has recently completed a degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX studying music education, composition and saxophone under Fred J. Allen, Dr. Stephen Lias and Dr. Nathan Nabb, respectively. Keaton is currently the saxophonist for the Hypotenuse Trio the Zenith reed quintet, Electronic Music Workshop at MSU, and the tenor saxophonist for the [we’re still finding a name] Quartet. His saxophone and wind ensemble music is published by MurphyMusicPress.


Gilbert Garza

Gilbert Garza is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance at The University of Iowa, under the tutelage of Dr. Kenneth Tse. He currently performs with of Iowa Saxophone Ensemble in is in the final stages of completing his doctoral recording project, "Music from Latin America." Garza holds a Bachelor of Music Studies degree with EC-12 Texas All-Level Certification from Texas State University and a Master of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from The University of Texas at Austin. He has earned several awards including first-prize in the 2019 Concurso Panamericano en el Encuentro Universitario Internacional De Saxofón in Mexico City, finalist in 2017 and 2018 for the Iowa Concerto Competition, Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar in 2016 and 2017, and was named a semi-finalist for the 2016 NASA solo and quartet competition.


Grace Gelpi

Grace Gelpi recently graduated with a B.M. in Music Performance and Music Education from Michigan State University (MSU). Her primary teachers include Joseph Lulloff and Taimur Sullivan. Grace received the MSU College of Music Outstanding Senior award and was named the Second Place Recipient of the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts at MSU. She has performed in masterclasses led by Nobuya Sugawa, Philippe Geiss, Debra Richtmeyer, Clifford Leaman, and others. She has also participated in the American Saxophone Academy and in the Universitée Européenne de Saxophone. As a former member of the MSU saxophone ensemble, Grace performed at the 2018 and 2016 NASA conferences and the 2017 NASA Region 5 conference. As a former member of the MSU Wind Symphony, she performed at the 2017 CBDNA national conference. Outside of her saxophone performance, Grace enjoys working with children and taught early childhood music at the MSU Community Music School.

Noah Getz

Hailed as a “highly skillful and an even more highly adventurous player” (Washington City Paper) with “virtuosity, sensitivity, and beauty of tone” (Fanfare), Noah Getz has performed and lectured worldwide, including appearances at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Carnegie Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Brussels, The Polish Woodwind Festival, the Degollado Theater in Guadalajara, and the Zero Point Festival in Prague. His premiere at the National Gallery of Art was acclaimed as “spectacular and wonderfully provocative” (Washington Post). In 2016, Grammy-Award winning composer Stephen Hartke wrote a concerto for saxophone which Getz premiered at Oberlin Conservatory and the Cleveland Museum of Art.


An avid chamber musician, Getz is a member of the National Gallery New Music Ensemble, Zohn Collective, and Interference/Intermedia, and has performed with The 21st Century Consort, PostClassical Ensemble, the Empyrean Ensemble, and members of the International Contemporary Ensemble. He is a Musician-In-Residence at American University in Washington, DC.


Noah Getz

Hailed as a “highly skillful and an even more highly adventurous player” (Washington City Paper) with “virtuosity, sensitivity, and beauty of tone” (Fanfare), Noah Getz has performed and lectured worldwide, including appearances at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Carnegie Hall, The Royal Conservatory of Brussels, The Polish Woodwind Festival, the Degollado Theater in Guadalajara, and the Zero Point Festival in Prague. His premiere at the National Gallery of Art was acclaimed as “spectacular and wonderfully provocative” (Washington Post). In 2016, Grammy-Award winning composer Stephen Hartke wrote Willow Run, a new concerto which Getz premiered at Oberlin Conservatory and the Cleveland Museum of Art.


An avid chamber musician, Getz is a member of the National Gallery New Music Ensemble, Zohn Collective, and Interference/Intermedia, and has performed with The 21st Century Consort, PostClassical Ensemble, the Empyrean Ensemble, and members of the International Contemporary Ensemble. He is In-Residence at American University in Washington, DC.


Glen Gillis

Glen Gillis is a Professor of Saxophone, Conducting, and Music Education at the University of Saskatchewan. As a graduate student at Northwestern University, he studied under the mentorship of the noted Frederick L. Hemke. His performance career has spanned over three decades in the genres of classical, contemporary, and jazz, with appearances in North American, Europe, and Asia. A Conn-Selmer Artist/Clinician, Dr. Gillis has also presented at the CBDNA, WASBE, TMEA, British Forum for Ethnomusicology, and The Midwest Clinic. As a composer/recording artist he has released numerous compositions and commissioned works for saxophone on the albums SaxSpectrum ©2009 and SaxSpectrum 2 ©2014, which was nominated for a 2015 Western Canadian Music Award. His compositions for saxophone are published by Eighth Note (Alfred Music).


Glen Gillis

Glen Gillis is Professor of Saxophone, Conducting, and Music Education at the University of Saskatchewan. Matriculated as a performer, conductor (band/orchestra), educator, and composer, Dr. Gillis’ career has spanned over three decades in the realms of classical, contemporary, and jazz. Having performed at many NASA and World Saxophone Congresses in North America, Europe and Asia, he hosted the 2013 NASA Region 9 Conference and is currently the director of Region 9. As a Conn-Selmer Artist/Clinician he has also presented at equally important conferences such as CBDNA, WASBE, TMEA, British Forum for Ethnomusicology, and The Midwest Clinic. He released SaxSpectrum ©2009 (MSR Classics) and SaxSpectrum 2 ©2014 (MSR Classics - nominated in 2015 for a Western Canadian Music Award) highlighting his compositions and commissioned works for saxophone. You can visit his website at glengillis.com. 


Giovanna Gioscia

Giovanna Gioscia, a junior at Somers High School in Somers, CT, has performed as the principal saxophonist with the Connecticut All-State Band, the New England Music Festival Band, and the Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble under the direction of Professor Glen Adsit. Giovanna was selected for the 2019 National Association for Music Education (NafME) All-National Concert Band. She was a top three finalist at the New England Saxophone Competition, adjudicated by Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and Dr.Connie Frigo, and placed 2nd in the Musical Club of Hartford Competition. Additionally, she attended the Interlochen Saxophone Institute directed by the Prism Quartet. She studies with Joe D'Aleo of the United States Coast Guard Band. 

Edward Goodman

Edward Goodman is the Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music. Edward serves regularly as principal saxophonist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and has performed in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Music Academy of the West Orchestra, New World Symphony, and notable ensembles such as PRISM and the Donald Sinta Quartet. Goodman serves as Soprano Chair and a founding member of The Moanin’ Frogs.

Edward has been invited as a guest artist across the country and internationally, such as Michigan State University, University of Nevada Las Vegas, New Mexico State University, University of Oklahoma, and Conservatoire à rayonnement départemental d'Aulnay sous Bois, France.

Edward has served on the faculty of Interlochen Center of the Arts. He holds degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan where his primary teachers were Joseph Lulloff, Diego Rivera, Donald Sinta, Andrew Bishop, and Timothy McAllister.


kathryn goodson

Kathryn Goodson is a pianist, teacher, coach and community engagement innovator. She collaborates internationally and at home in Ann Arbor, Michigan with vocalists, instrumentalists, composers and dancers. Signature endeavors include Amerikanisches Lied, Songs4Winds, Ives Festivals and Concert4aCause.  Dr. Goodson serves as pianist-coach for the University of Michigan, the George Shirley Vocal Competition and the Cleveland Trombone Seminar.  Goodson’s Belle Nuit, a Navona release of “sparkling heights” (American Record Guide), features saxophonists Donald Sinta and Timothy McAllister, hornist Gail Williams and bass trombonist Randall Hawes. With McAllister and Hawes, Goodson completes the trio, VOX3MACHINA.  Goodson’s artistry is documented on Innova (McAllister), Albany (Hawes), Blue Griffin & Equilibrium (soprano Caroline Helton).  As a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, Goodson was awarded highest honors for the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe Liedgestaltung Konzertexam; her American degrees are the U-M collaborative piano MM & DMA with Martin Katz and an Oberlin Conservatory B.M. 

Mariah Goulet

Crossroads Saxophone Quartet is a rising chamber ensemble based in Kansas City, Missouri. Formed at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, Crossroads is made up of graduate students from all over the country. Throughout their time together, Crossroads has performed at conferences such as the national North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) conference in Cincinnati, OH, and the regional NASA conference in Fayetteville, AR. Crossroads has also performed locally at various events including Kansas City’s annual Porch Fest, and at several UMKC Conservatory events including masterclasses with Vanguard Reed Quintet, Don-Paul Kahl, and Zach Stern.

Crossroads is dedicated to performing standard saxophone quartet repertoire, but is also passionate about commissioning new works for this type of ensemble. In addition to performing, Crossroads is devoted to community outreach. The quartet has performed and presented masterclasses at various high schools in the KC area.


Alexander Graham

Saxophonist and composer Alex Graham is an internationally recognized performer and educator who has performed as a leader or sideman with a variety of artists at festivals, clubs, and concert halls all over the world. He has been awarded fellowships and residencies to compose original music, and is an Associate Professor of Saxophone at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Graham’s recordings on Origin Records have been acclaimed by international critics and radio DJs, and feature some of the top jazz instrumentalists in the world. Alex is a Vandoren Artist and Clinician.


Dan Graser

Saxophonist Daniel Graser is one of the most innovative and influential performers and pedagogues of his generation. Currently Associate Professor of Saxophone at Grand Valley State University (gvsu-saxophone.com), Dan was a recipient of the Doctorate of Musical Arts and Masters in Music from the University of Michigan where he served as Teaching Assistant to legendary pedagogue Donald Sinta. Dan previously earned Bachelors degrees summa cum laude in music theory/history and saxophone performance as well as the Honors in Performance while a student of Dr. Timothy McAllister at the Crane School of Music. As soprano saxophonist with the Donald Sinta Quartet, Dan has garnered 1st prizes at Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff, Coleman, M-Prize, and NASA competitions and regular performs highly active seasons throughout the world as chamber musician and soloist. 

Dan Graser

Saxophonist Daniel Graser is one of the most innovative and influential performers and pedagogues of his generation. Currently Associate Professor of Saxophone at Grand Valley State University (gvsu-saxophone.com), Dan was a recipient of the Doctorate of Musical Arts and Masters in Music from the University of Michigan where he served as Teaching Assistant to legendary pedagogue Donald Sinta. Dan previously earned Bachelors degrees summa cum laude in music theory/history and saxophone performance as well as the Honors in Performance while a student of Dr. Timothy McAllister at the Crane School of Music. As soprano saxophonist with the Donald Sinta Quartet, Dan has garnered 1st prizes at Concert Artists Guild, Fischoff, Coleman, M-Prize, and NASA competitions and regular performs highly active seasons throughout the world as chamber musician and soloist. 

Davis Hale

Davis Hale is a saxophonist and educator in the Bloomington-Normal area. As a performer, Davis has won first place in the Kentucky Music Teachers Association’s Young Artist Competition and has won several concerto competitions, performing Henri Tomasi’s Ballade and Concerto with the Youth Performing Arts School and University of Louisville Symphony Orchestras as well as Frank Ticheli’s Concerto with the Illinois State University Wind Symphony. Davis has also performed with the T^3 Saxophone Quartet, who have placed first at the KMTA Chamber Competition, performed at the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, and have performed live on WUOL as winners of the Macauley Chamber Music Competition. Davis is currently pursuing a Master’s in Music Performance from Illinois State University, where he acts as the Teaching Assistant for the saxophone studio. His primary teachers include Paul Nolen, Adam McCord, Mike Tracy, and Ron Jones. 


Colette Hall

Colette Hall graduated with her Doctorate in Saxophone Performance from the University of Hartford’s Hartt School in Hartford, CT in May 2015.  She also earned a Master’s Degree in Performance from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam in Potsdam, NY.  In the spring of 2011, Colette served as Adjunct Professor of Applied Saxophone at Duquesne University and previously served as the Hartt Saxophone Studio Teaching Assistant. In addition to performing, Colette is also the Artistic Operations Manager for the Hartford Symphony and teaches private saxophone lessons in the Greater Hartford region.  A native of the Hudson Valley area in New York, Colette currently resides in Hartford.

John Hallberg

John Hallberg, a Southern California native, is highly in demand as both a performer and instructor in the Southern California area. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Sweden, China, Hong Kong, and across the United States. Hallberg is currently saxophone faculty at California State University-Fullerton, The Colburn School, and the Orange County School of the Arts. Hallberg received a DMA in Saxophone Performance with minors in Music Theory and Analysis, Music Technology, and Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California. He also holds a MA from The University of Iowa, and a BM from California State University-Long Beach. He currently resides in Fullerton, California, where he maintains a private studio and works full time as a professional musician and clinician. John is a Yamaha Performing Artist and plays on Yamaha Saxophones exclusively.

Soren Hamm

Heard on the popular radio programs Performance Today and KING FM’s Northwest Focus Live, Soren Hamm is a versatile musician, performing repertoire spanning the Renaissance through the Avant-garde. He is the first person to win both the solo and (with the Equus Saxophone Quartet) ensemble categories of Seattle's Frances Walton Competition, and was a national finalist of the MTNA Competitions on multiple occasions. Soren is passionate about chamber music, contemporary saxophone repertoire, and music outreach. He has premiered dozens of new works for the saxophone, with a special focus on composers from the Pacific Northwest.

Soren graduated from the University of Oregon (B.M.) and Bowling Green State University (M.M.), and also completed study in music education at Western Washington University. His teachers include Idit Shner, Fred Winkler, and John Sampen. 


Allen Harrington

Allen Harrington is an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba Desautels Faculty of Music where he teaches saxophone, bassoon, chamber music, and is the woodwind area chair.  He holds degrees from the University of Saskatchewan (B.Mus.) and Northwestern University (M.Mus.)  He maintains a busy schedule outside his University teaching career as a soloist, recitalist, orchestral and chamber musician, and adjudicator.  Allen has appeared as a concerto soloist with more than a dozen orchestras in Canada, Europe, and South America.  He has given countless recitals across Canada, including recital tours for Debut Atlantic, Prairie Debut, and Home Routes Classical.  In recent years he has released three CDs of music for saxophone and piano as well as saxophone and organ on the Ravello Records label.  Allen plays principal bassoon with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and is a regular extra with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.


Evan Harris

A native to Michigan, Evan Harris competed his BM at Central Michigan University, his MM at the University of Oklahoma, and is currently working on his DMA at Michigan State University where he received a University Distinguished Fellowship. Throughout his career, he has competed in many competitions, both solo and chamber, and has found success in many of them: NASA Quartet Competition (1st place, 2018), MTNA Chamber Music Competition (1st place, 2018, 3rd place 2017), MTNA Young Artist Solo Competition (2nd place, 2017), University of Oklahoma Concerto Competition (Winner, 2017). Due to the repertoire requirements of some of these competitions, Evan started transcribing/arranging various works for the saxophone. Some of his arrangements include Trio Sonata in D minor Op. 1, No. 12 “La Follia” by Antonio Vivaldi, Trio Sonata in B minor Op. 1, No. 11 in B minor by Antonio Vivaldi, Sonatine for Flute and Piano by Pierre Sancan, and many more.


Jonathan Hart

Born in Beaverton, Oregon, Jonathan Hart received his Bachelor’s in Music Performance at the University of Oregon under Dr. Idit Shner and immediately began his Master’s in Arts from the University of Iowa with Dr. Kenneth Tse in 2017. Currently, Jonathan is continuing his studies with Dr. Tse, pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance in Pedagogy. Previously, Jonathan won the University of Oregon Concerto/Aria Competition in 2014, named Honorable Mention in the Eugene Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2017, and 2nd place in the Grande Ronde Symphony Concerto Competition in 2018. Most recently, in October of 2019, Jonathan appeared in Dinant, Belgium, after being selected as one of the six Americans to play in the live rounds of the 7th Adolphe Sax International Competition. Jonathan has appeared in masterclasses with artists such as Otis Murphy, Clifford Leaman, Jonathan Bergeron, and José A. Zayas-Cabán.


Jonathan Hart

Born in Beaverton, Oregon, Jonathan Hart received his Bachelor’s in Music Performance at the University of Oregon under Dr. Idit Shner and immediately began his Master’s in Arts from the University of Iowa with Dr. Kenneth Tse in 2017. Currently, Jonathan is continuing his studies with Dr. Tse, pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance in Pedagogy. Previously, Jonathan won the University of Oregon Concerto/Aria Competition in 2014, and 2nd place in the Grande Ronde Symphony Concerto Competition in 2018. Most recently, in October of 2019, Jonathan appeared in Dinant, Belgium, after being selected as one of the six Americans to play in the live rounds of the 7th Adolphe Sax International Competition. Jonathan has appeared in masterclasses with artists such as Otis Murphy, Clifford Leaman, Jonathan Bergeron, and José A. Zayas-Cabán.


Joshua Heaney

Joshua Heaney is a saxophonist and music educator based in the greater area of Toledo, Ohio. He is regularly featured as a soloist, having recently performed with the Susquehanna University Wind Ensemble Institute, Atlanta Chamber Collective, Atlanta Wind Project, Georgia State University Wind Ensemble, and Susquehanna University Orchestra. He has also performed as principal saxophonist with the Macon Symphony. A staunch advocate for new music, Joshua has collaborated with composers John Luther Adams, Marc Mellits, Matthew Quayle, Evan Ziporyn, and many others. Additionally, he was a featured performer with Atlanta’s SoundNOW contemporary music festival, EAR|EYE series at the Toledo Museum of Art, and Bowling Green New Music Festival. Joshua holds a BM in Music Education from Susquehanna University (cum laude) as well as a MM and Artist Certificate in Saxophone Performance from Georgia State University. He is currently pursuing a DMA in Contemporary Music Performance at Bowling Green State University


Cadence Helleson

 

Jonathan Helton

Jonathan Helton is Professor of Saxophone and Woodwind Area Head at the University of Florida. As a concert saxophonist he has performed on six continents, appearing with orchestras and wind ensembles, and in numerous chamber concerts

His performance credits include concerto appearances in New York City, Chicago, North Carolina, Georgia, Washington D.C., and with the Twelfth and Fifteenth World Saxophone Congress Wind Orchestras.

He is featured in solo and chamber music performances on eleven compact discs from Centaur, Elf, Innova, and Mark Records. His recording of the Dahl Concerto was a "Top 100" Grammy-nominated album.

Helton's principal teachers include Frederick Hemke, James Houlik, Daniel Deffayet, Jean-Marie Londeix, and Joe Allard.

From 1992 to 1999, he served on the faculty at Northwestern University teaching saxophone and chamber music.

Dr. Helton is an Artist/Clinician for Selmer Paris and for Conn-Selmer. He is a past President of the North American Saxophone Alliance.

Jonathan Helton

Jonathan Helton Professor of Saxophone at the Univeristy of Florida, is an active solo recitalist and chamber musician appearing in concerts worldwide, including Montreal, Vancouver, Beijing, Singapore, Tokyo, Taipei, Bangkok, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Paris, Athens, Bogota, Brasilia, Santiago, Mendoza, Chicago, Washington, DC, and New York. He has been featured on programs of the North American Saxophone Alliance, the World Saxophone Congress, the College Music Society, Wisconsin Composers’ Alliance, Chicago Consortium of Composers, and the New Music Chicago Festival. His performances have been heard on North Carolina Public Radio, on WFMT in Chicago, and in national radio syndication. He is featured on compact discs from Windlass, Centaur, Navona, Elf, Innova, Mark Records, and Music from Northwestern. From 1992 to 1999 Dr. Helton taught with Fred Hemke on the faculty at Northwestern University. Jonathan Helton is a Selmer Artist/Clinician, and a former President of the North American Saxophone Alliance.

Matthew Hess

Saxophonist Matthew Hess is an active performer, teacher, and repair technician.  Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Matthew has forged his own career as owner of Saxocentric, in addition to maintaining a large private teaching studio in the metro area. Matthew frequently presents masterclasses on saxophone pedagogy and saxophone repair topics throughout the Southeastern United States.

Matthew received a Bachelors in Music Education from The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam and a Masters in Saxophone Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.  Matthew’s teachers include Wildy Zumwalt, Timothy McAllister, Patrick Murphy, Christopher Creviston, and Taimur Sullivan.  Matthew is a Selmer Paris endorsing artist and plays on Selmer Paris saxophones and mouthpieces exclusively.


Sarah Hetrick

Sarah Hetrick, a Pennsylvania native, is a saxophonist based in Austin, TX. Sarah has presented at the NASA Region IV Conference, the International Saxophone Symposium, the Boulanger Initiative’s WoCo Festival, and the Habits of Musicianship Workshop. As a performer, Sarah is a member of the Density512 Collective for New Music and has worked with composers Tonia Ko, Gemma Peacocke, Alexandra Gardner, David Gompper, Shelley Washington, and Alexis Bacon, among others. Sarah is the director of the international Elise Hall Competition for Emerging Saxophonists, an initiative that supports the professional and artistic development of saxophonists who are female-identifying, trans, and non-binary. Sarah is a PEO Scholar and a recipient of the Presser Graduate Music Award and the Rainwater Grant for Innovation in Music. When not working towards becoming Dr. Hetrick, Sarah can be found making coffee, cuddling with her cat, Margot, or kayaking (though, not usually all at the same time).

Hannah Hickman

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. 


Lois Hicks-Wozniak

Lois Hicks-Wozniak is an active concert saxophonist and a sponsored D’Addario Woodwinds artist. Among her many awards, she performed her New York Recital Debut at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall 1996. She served active duty as a saxophonist in the West Point Band and with her spouse has raised four terrific children (two sets of twins!). A guest soloist with numerous ensembles, she has performed and recorded with many ensembles to include the Albany Symphony. She is described as having “tremendous technique and fidelity to tone without sacrificing musical line,” and a “beautiful soprano saxophone sound...preserving the beauty and consistency of her sound regardless of the technical or musical demands of the moment.” Her teachers include Dr. Frederick L. Hemke, Patrick Meighan, Debra Richtmeyer, and Stacy Wilson. Currently on faculty at Marist College and SUNY New Paltz, her passion is World Music and commissioning new works for saxophone.



Grant Hollis

Grant Hollis is a junior at The University of Arkansas doubling in music education and saxophone performance. In his time at the university, he has been a member of several ensembles, some of which being the University Wind Ensemble, the University Large Saxophone Ensemble, the University New Music Ensemble and various smaller chamber groups. He has also done performances with the University of Arkansas Collegiate Chorale, the University Men’s Chorus, the University Symphony Orchestra, and the University Inspirational Chorale. Outside of ensembles he has participated in several performances/masterclasses including some with Joe Rulli, Taimur Sullivan, Matthew Tracy, and Masahito Sugihara. Pre-enrollment at the university, he was the first prize winner of the 2017 Saxophone Scholarship competition with his performance of Bernhard Heiden’s Sonata. Recent performances include the 2019 Region IV NASA Conference, the 2019 University Honors Recital with the Obstreperous Saxophone Sextet, and the 2019 Great Plains Saxophone Summit.

Adrianne Honnold

Adrianne Honnold has performed as a saxophonist all over the world including at Royal Albert Hall, the Berlin Philharmonie and the Salle Pleyel in Paris. She taught saxophone at universities in St. Louis from 2005 to 2015, and currently teaches American popular music history courses at Maryville University and St. Louis Community College. She received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she was a student of Debra Richtmeyer and Chip McNeill, and she is currently a PhD candidate in Musicology/Popular Music Studies at the University of Birmingham in the UK. Ms. Honnold has performed with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the USAF Band of Mid-America, Sessions Big Band, the St. Louis Jazz Orchestra, and the NATO Jazz Orchestra. 

 

 

 


Lucas Hopkins

Lucas Hopkins is quickly becoming known as a prominent soloist, chamber musician and educator comfortable in a variety of styles including classical, contemporary, jazz, and pop.

 

An active performer, Lucas has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, and has presented solo recitals and master classes at various universities. Additionally, Lucas has performed multiple times with the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas, with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra under Marin Alsop and with the Colorado Jazz Reparatory Orchestra. Lucas is also the bass saxophonist in The Moanin’ Frogs saxophone sextet.

 

Lucas is currently a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Colorado, where he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance and pedagogy, and has additional graduate degrees from The University of Michigan and Northwestern University. Lucas’ teachers include: Timothy McAllister, Eugene Rousseau, Tom Myer, and Andrew Bishop.

Jeremy Howell

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 Wy’s 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 Howell

Matthew Floeter and Matthew Howell, Soprano Saxophone

AJ Nguyen and Bishop McGee, Alto Saxophone

Abraham Nunez and Quinn Moore, Tenor Saxophone

Brian Chapa and Nick Chavez, Baritone Saxophone 

Brianna Buck, Ensemble Coach 


Wade Howles

Dr. Wade Howles is currently the Director of Bands at Lakeview Community Schools in Columbus, NE and a freelance jazz and classical saxophonist. Before coming to Lakeview, Dr. Howles taught at Doane University as Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone and Instrumental Jazz. Dr. Howles holds degrees from Northwest Missouri State University (BSEd) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (MM and DMA) and received the 2019 Jack R. Snyder Outstanding Young Director Award from the Nebraska State Bandmasters Association. He currently serves on the staff of the Northeast Nebraska All-Star Marching Band and is the founder of the annual Columbus TubaChristmas. Dr. Howles has performed internationally and is the tenor saxophonist with TCBSQ in addition to numerous other professional chamber and jazz groups. He currently resides in Columbus with his wife, son, and dogs. Dr. Howles is proud to represent Eastman Winds, Rovner Ligatures, and Key Leaves as a Performing Artist and Educator.

Diane Hunger

Known for her "sophisticated sound spectrum" and "enthralling perfromance" Diane performs frequently as soloist and chamber musician, and is on faculty at Syracuse University and Musikhochschule Detmold. Recently she could be heard as soloist with the Hamburger Symphoniker, Filarmonica Banatul Romania, Kieler Kammerorchester, Lubbock Symphony, Society for New Music, CCM Chamber Players, ECHO Chamber Orchestra, as well as Fredonia and Syracuse Wind Ensembles. Highlights in the past have included a solo performance in Carnegie Hall, residencies at several festivals, and tours throughout Europe and America, as well as masterclasses at several universities. Diane has recorded for Carl Fisher, Mark Records, and the Bavarian Braodcast Company. 

Her arrangements are published with Oxford University Press and ESURIO Media. Diane is Chair of the 2020 NASA Composition Competition, and frequently serves as judge for competitions, such as MTNA and New Music USA.

Diane is a D'Addario Performing Artist and member of the Mana Quartet.


Andrew Hutchens

Saxophonist, Andrew Hutchens currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina where he is persuing his Doctorate at the University of South Carolina. He currently serves as saxophone studio teaching assistant and Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet and Saxophone at Allen University, where he teaches applied lessons. He has performed extensively across the United States in both professional and casual venues such as NASA Biennial Conferences, American Single Reed Summit, Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, NASA Regional Conferences, and the National Conference for Undergraduate Research. Andrew is constantly involved in the commissioning and premiering of new music, including works by Stacy Garrop, Alan Theisen, Jeff Weston, Ruby Fulton, Jeff Herriott, and Benjamin Dean Taylor. His principal teachers have included Ian Jeffress, Clifford Leaman, with additional jazz studies with Bryson Borgstedt and bassoon studies from Will Peebles.


Andrew Hutchens

Saxophonist, Andrew Hutchens currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina where he is a graduate teaching assistant at the University of South Carolina. He currently serves as Adjunct Instructor of Clarinet and Saxophone at Allen University, where he teaches applied lessons. He has performed extensively across the United States in both professional and casual venues such as NASA Biennial Conferences, American Single Reed Summit, Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, NASA Regional Conferences, and the National Conference for Undergraduate Research. Andrew is constantly involved in the commissioning and premiering of new music, including works by Stacy Garrop, Alan Theisen, Jeff Weston, Ruby Fulton, Jeff Herriott, and Benjamin Dean Taylor. His principal teachers have included Ian Jeffress, Clifford Leaman, with additional jazz studies with Bryson Borgstedt and bassoon studies from Will Peebles.

Kyle Hutchins

Kyle Hutchins is a performing artist, improviser, chamber musician, and educator whose work focuses on the creation and promotion of experimental art music. Kyle's playing has been described as "formidable" (The Saxophone Symposium), “epic” (Jazz Times), "masterful" (Signals for Images), "an impressive achievement" (VitaMN),  "skilled improviser, no doubt about it" (I Care If You Listen). He has performed across Asia, Europe, and North America, appears on ten albums, and has participated in the creation of more than 150 new works. Kyle has a D.M.A. and M.M. from the University of Minnesota and B.M. and B.M.E. degrees from the University of North Texas. His teachers include Eugene Rousseau, Marcus Weiss, James Dillon, and Eric Nestler. Kyle is Artist/Teacher of Saxophone at Virginia Tech and is a Yamaha, E. Rousseau, and Légère Performing Artist. 

Antonio Jarvey

This presentation is in full memory of David Maslanka, who gave countless amounts of hours to the University of Montana and brought the university to the international stage, with numerous world premieres and commissions. 

The Idyllic Quartet is brand new to this academic year, and was formed in the pursuit of presenting Maslanka's works directly from the source of where they were written. The quartet has a deep knowledge of Maslanka and continues to work with individuals who had a deepened focus on his works, including the individuals and groups who premiered them. In the end, the quartet was named after the idea and sense of peace that the music of David Maslanka gives, as an homage to his final wishes - to be at peace, with his music and wife. 


Kyle Jones

Kyle Jones, saxophonist, is a performer, teacher, and new music advocate whose natural curiosity towards music leads him to challenge the parameters of his instrument, as well as his art. His varied playing experience in multiple genres gives him a unique insight when interpreting music, both new and old.
Recent endeavors include organizing and performing on an All-Berio concert held in both Baltimore and New York City, as well as collaborations with area chamber ensembles such as Tetractys and Density512. Kyle was also chosen as the winner of the 208 Sarah and Earnest Butler Winds, Brass, and Percussion Concerto Competition, held at the University of Texas-Austin.
Kyle is currently an Artist Diploma Candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. His teachers include Stephen Page, Gary Louie, and Thomas Crawford.

Kyle Jones

Kyle Jones, saxophonist, is a performer, teacher, and new music advocate whose natural curiosity towards music leads him to challenge the parameters of his instrument, as well as his art. His varied playing experience in multiple genres gives him a unique insight when interpreting music, both new and old.
Recent endeavors include organizing and performing on an All-Berio concert held in both Baltimore and New York City, as well as collaborations with area chamber ensembles such as Tetractys and Density512. Kyle was also chosen as the winner of the 208 Sarah and Earnest Butler Winds, Brass, and Percussion Concerto Competition, held at the University of Texas-Austin. In addition to his performing activities, Kyle is also working to further the representation of artists in the saxophone community whose work defies traditional professional career models, while also breaking down ideas concerning scarcity in the Arts.

Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones has performed as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician around the world. As a featured soloist he has performed with the Grammy award-winning ensemble Imani Winds, Zagreb Saxophone Quartet, Erie Philharmonic, and Erie Chamber Orchestra. Other performances include the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra with broadcasts on Performance Today, NPR's St. Paul Sunday and WCLV, home of the Cleveland Orchestra. With nearly twenty years of teaching experience, Jones has publications ranging from the Instrumentalist magazine to BandDirector.com. His most recent solo recording "La Souplesse", includes music for saxophone and piano with introductory notes by Richard Ingham. Jones is an active performer, educator, clinician, and Yamaha Performing Artist. He also plays and endorses E. Rousseau mouthpieces.
Jones currently teaches saxophone at the University of Idaho. Other faculty appointments include Edinboro University, University of Iowa and the Allegheny Summer Music Festival. For more information, please visit www.pjsax.com.

Don-Paul Kahl

Described by distinguished American composer John Corigliano as an "artist beyond his time," saxophonist Don-Paul Kahl has performed throughout Europe, the US, Australia, and South-East Asia. He has appeared as soloist with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lemmens Modern Ensemble, and the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony, among others. Don-Paul has been involved in the creation and performance of over 100 new works for saxophone. Don-Paul is a doctoral candidate for the Ph.D in Artistic Research in collaboration with Leiden University (NL) and the Orpheus Institute (BE). His previous degrees were earned from the Lemmensinstituut, the University of Florida, and Susquehanna University. His mentors are Jean-Michel Goury, Marcus Weiss, Jonathan Helton, Geoffrey Deibel, and Gail B. Levinsky, with additional study with Frederick L. Hemke. Don-Paul is a Henri Selmer Paris and Conn-Selmer performing artist, and performs on Selmer Paris saxophones and mouthpieces exclusively.

Elissa Kana

An active saxophonist and music educator, Elissa Kana has performed in festivals and conferences worldwide.  In 2014, Elissa was named second-prize winner of the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition.  A passionate chamber musician, Elissa holds the alto chair of the Colere Quartet, which was recently awarded First Prize in Winds, Brass, and Percussion at the 2019 Plowman Chamber Music Competition. 

Elissa is a doctoral student at the University of Iowa where she serves as a teaching assistant for the musicology department; previously, she was the teaching assistant to Dr. Kenneth Tse and was a recipient of the Iowa Performance Fellowship. Elissa has worked as a coordinator and teaching assistant at the American Saxophone Academy, teaches at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in the summers, and maintains an active private studio in the Iowa-City area. Her principal teachers include Frederick L. Hemke, John Sampen, Kenneth Tse, and Karen Wylie.


Elissa Kana

An active saxophonist and music educator, Elissa Kana has performed in festivals and conferences worldwide.  In 2014, Elissa was named second-prize winner of the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition.  A passionate chamber musician, Elissa holds the alto chair of the Colere Quartet, which was recently awarded First Prize in Winds, Brass, and Percussion at the 2019 Plowman Chamber Music Competition. 

 

Elissa is a doctoral student at the University of Iowa, where she serves as a teaching assistant for the musicology department; previously, she was the teaching assistant to Dr. Kenneth Tse and was a recipient of the Iowa Performance Fellowship. Elissa has worked as a coordinator and teaching assistant at the American Saxophone Academy, teaches at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in the summers, and maintains an active private studio in the Iowa-City area. Her principal teachers include Frederick L. Hemke, John Sampen, Kenneth Tse, and Karen Wylie.


Jonathan Kierspe

Jonathan Kierspe is an avid performer and saxophone pedagogue. Throughout his career in music, he hopes to not only expand the saxophone repertoire, solo and chamber, but also to create a challenging and invigorating environment for his students. He has had the opportunity to solo with the University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble, Bowling Green State University Orchestra, has had the opportunity to perform all over America, China, France, Italy, and Croatia.

Kierspe is currently pursuing his D.M. in saxophone performance from Florida State University, where he is one of the graduate assistants under Dr. Geoffrey Deibel. He received his master’s degree at Bowling Green State University, where he studied under Dr. John Sampen and served as the woodwind methods teaching assistant. For his undergraduate degree, he studied at the University of South Carolina, under Dr. Clifford Leaman.


Philip Kleutgens

Hailing from Las Vegas, Nevada classical saxophonist Philip Kleutgens attends the prestigious University of Michigan where he currently studies classical saxophone performance with Dr. Timothy McAllister. Philip has performed in many masterclasses and workshops including at Indiana University, Eastman School of Music, and the University of Michigan. Philip is also an alumnus of the Interlochen Institute where he studied with the Prism Saxophone Quartet. As a soloist Philip has won 2017 NMTA State Senior Woodwind Competition, the 2017 Las Vegas Philharmonic Cox Communication Concerto Competition, the 2017 NMEA All-State Woodwind Command Competition. An avid performer of new music Philip is part of the Invictus Duo and the NorthSide Saxophone Quartet, where he serves as the soprano saxophonist.

Nikolai Klotchkov

A native of Moscow (Russia), Nikolai Klotchkov believes that only an excellent musician is able to create a valid scientific description of music phenomenon. Through his research of musicians’ physiology and cognitive processes associated with music, he hopes to create better methods to teach beginning instrumentalists and to improve the performance of mature musicians. Nikolai started playing classical saxophone at the age of twelve. Before moving to the U.S., he studied saxophone with Aleksey Volkov at Ippolitov-Ivanov Institute. In May 2018 Nikolai graduated from Auburn University with the BM - classical saxophone under Dr. Michael Pendowski, and BS in Interdisciplinary Studies. Also in 2018, Nikolai won the GCSS Concerto Competition and the first prize in the Rising Talents of Americas International Competition. Now a first-year graduate student at Peabody Conservatory he studies saxophone under Gary Louie and conducts scientific research. Nikolai performs regularly both in the United States and Russia.


Christopher Kocher

C.J. Kocher is Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at the University of South Dakota. He has experience as both a classical and jazz saxophonist. He has performed with the South Dakota Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and others. With pianist Ryan Frane he formed the Frane-Kocher Duo, performing jazz standards and original music. He also performs with the Sempre Saxophone Quartet and is a member of the Kocher Duo with his wife Stephanie (flute and saxophone). Kocher has premiered new works at World Saxophone Congresses and North American Saxophone Alliance events. He has toured Japan three times, playing lead alto with the Billy Vaughn Orchestra. He has also played with Frank Mantooth, Matt Wilson, Steve Wiest, Denis DiBlasio, Al Jarreau, and others. Kocher completed the Doctor of Arts degree at the University of Northern Colorado and also holds degrees from Wichita State University and Washburn University.  

Matthew Koester

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. 


Matthew Koester

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. 


Matthew Kolar

 

Emi Kondo

 

Laura Kramer

Cameron Domingues is a freelance performer and teacher specializing in saxophone and bassoon. She performs and teaches in Los Angeles, Orange County and the Inland Empire. Cameron has performed with local orchestras, in musical productions and in chamber recitals. She has competed in the Coleman and Plowman Chamber competitions. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree, in Performance, from California State University, Fullerton, and a Masters in Music degree, in Saxophone Performance, from the University of Southern California. Cameron earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California, in Bassoon Performance. Dr. Domingues is adjunct faculty at Mount San Antonio College, Cal State Fullerton, Riverside Community College as well as maintaining a large private studio. She is also affiliated with the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program, where she teaches saxophone for the symphonic band and wind ensemble.

Laura M. Kramer (bio is in composer info) 


Ashley Krogstad

Ashley Krogstad (Rutland, SD) is currently a second year D.M.A. candidate in saxophone performance at the University of Arizona. Krogstad is a graduate teaching assistant for the saxophone studio, and she currently performs with UA’s Wind Ensemble and Studio Jazz Ensemble. Krogstad received two Bachelor of Arts degrees in music and in French Studies from South Dakota State University. She studied in France, where she conducted interdisciplinary research incorporating French studies and the saxophone. She obtained her M.M. from Oklahoma State University, where she partook in the well-received big band album Solid Gold. Krogstad has performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago and the U.S. Navy Band Symposium in Washington DC.  Krogstad has experienced competition success as winner of the SDSU Concerto Competition. She has lectured at several conferences and continually cultivates her private studio. Krogstad has studied with Drs. Nathan Jorgensen, Jeff Loeffert, Eddie Goodman, and Tommy Poole. 


Ashley Krogstad

Ashley Krogstad (Rutland, SD) is currently a second year D.M.A. candidate in saxophone performance at the University of Arizona. Krogstad is a graduate teaching assistant for the saxophone studio, and she currently performs with UA’s Wind Ensemble and Studio Jazz Ensemble. Krogstad received two Bachelor of Arts degrees in music and in French Studies from South Dakota State University. She studied in France, where she conducted interdisciplinary research incorporating French studies and the saxophone. She obtained her M.M. from Oklahoma State University, where she partook in the well-received big band album Solid Gold. Krogstad has performed at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago and the U.S. Navy Band Symposium in Washington DC.  Krogstad has experienced competition success as winner of the SDSU Concerto Competition. She has lectured at several conferences and continually cultivates her private studio. Krogstad has studied with Drs. Nathan Jorgensen, Jeff Loeffert, Eddie Goodman, and Tommy Poole. 

Tsz Kiu Kwok

 

Dennis Kwok Tsz Kiu is passionate about drawing audiences deeply into the art of music and has imprinted his passion in music all over the world. In recent years, Dennis has made remarkable accomplishments as a soloist, quartet and ensemble musician. In 2013, he was awarded the Saxophone Winner of the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition. In 2014, he advanced to the first round of the prestigious Adolphe Sax International Competition in Belgium. As a baritone saxophonist of the Colere Quartet from the University of Iowa, he advanced to the semi-final of the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in 2018 and was awarded the First Prize of the Plowman Chamber Music Competition in 2019. 

Dennis holds BM, with the addition of the Meredith Wilson scholarship, and MA from the University of Iowa. Currently, he is pursuing DMA at the University of Iowa, under the tutelage of Dr. Kenneth Tse.

 


Geoffrey Landman

Geoffrey Landman is a performer, teacher, and advocate of the saxophone and new music.  He is a founding member and soprano saxophonist of the New Thread Saxophone Quartet, and one half of the Landman/Stadler Saxophone Duo. Geoffrey is the saxophonist of the Either/Or Ensemble and Wavefield Ensemble, and has performed with groups including the Talea Ensemble and Argento New Music Project.

Landman has worked with composers including Philippe Leroux, Ann Cleare, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Elliott Sharp, and has collaborated with many acclaimed artists, including vocalists Donatienne Michel-Dansac, Tony Arnold, Lena Willemark, and Ulrika Bodén; JACK String Quartet, TILT Brass, Prism Quartet, and poet J.D. McClatchy. He has recorded for labels including New World, Sterling Modern, New Focus, Navona, and BMOP/sound.

Geoffrey holds degrees from the University of Michigan, University of Cincinnati CCM  , Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel in Switzerland, and DMA from New England Conservatory.


David Larsen

David has performed with a variety of artists including Ken Peplowski, Francisco Torres, Dave Glenn, Ron Vincent, Bill Mays, Dean Johnson, and the internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Halie Loren. He is featured on his solo recordings “Borrowed Time” and “One of a Kind” as well as Greg Yasinitsky’s upcoming little big band CD. He is also featured on the award winning Halie Loren album “Butterfly Blue” (2015) which ranked on the Billboard jazz charts for 8 weeks in Japan. 

David’s compositions have won many awards. In 2018 and 2019 his compositions “Applied Physics” and “Bright Days” won Editor’s Choice from JW Pepper Inc. His music has been performed by a wide variety of groups around the U.S. and abroad.


David Larsen

David has performed with a variety of artists including Ken Peplowski, Francisco Torres, Dave Glenn, Ron Vincent, Bill Mays, Dean Johnson, and the internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist Halie Loren. He is featured on his solo recordings “Borrowed Time” and “One of a Kind” as well as Greg Yasinitsky’s upcoming little big band CD. He is also featured on the award winning Halie Loren album “Butterfly Blue” (2015) which ranked on the Billboard jazz charts for 8 weeks in Japan. 

David’s compositions have won many awards. In 2018 and 2019 his compositions “Applied Physics” and “Bright Days” won Editor’s Choice from JW Pepper Inc. His music has been performed by a wide variety of groups around the U.S. and abroad.


Eric Lau

 

Eric Lau

Saxophonist Eric Lau serves as Professor of Saxophone and Chair of the Department of Music at the University of New Mexico. He has given concerts throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Puerto Rico, and Brazil. His commitment to new music has led to the commissioning of more than a dozen new works for saxophone by composers including David Maslanka, Roshanne Etezady, Gunther Schuller, Michael Colgrass, and Ida Gotkovsky. In addition to his solo performances, Dr. Lau is a regular performer with the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra, the New Mexico Philharmonic, the Santa Fe Symphony, and the Santa Fe Opera. Eric Lau is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a D’Addario Woodwind Performing Artist.

 

Clifford Leaman

 

Clifford Leaman

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Clifford Leaman

Critics have hailed Clifford Leaman as “an artist of the first order…intuitive, exciting, and enthralling."  (Paul Wagner, The Saxophone Journal) Leaman reveals himself to be {an} artist of technical brilliance and emotional commitment." "The range of colors is impressive..." (Jack Sullivan, American Record Guide)  Professor of saxophone at the University of South Carolina, Dr. Leaman is in great demand as a soloist and clinician and has performed and taught throughout the United States, Canada, Italy, Spain, France, Slovenia, Sweden, Thailand, Taiwan, and China. He has performed as a concerto soloist with orchestras and wind ensembles across the globe, including the ShenZhen Symphony Orchestra, and the Dunshan Symphonic Wind Orchestra. He has given master classes at schools of music and conservatories world-wide, including Northwestern, Eastman, Michigan, Aragón, Catalunya, Strasbourg, Stockholm Royal Academy of Music, Beijing Central, Paris and Boulogne-Billancourt, Shanghai and Sichuan.  Leaman performs on Selmer saxophones and D’Addario reeds.

 

Wonki Lee

Described by New York Concert Review as “A knockout performance”, saxophonist Wonki Lee, feeling equally at home in traditional and contemporary repertoire, has distinguished himself as one of leading saxophonists of his generation. His recent appearances include recitals at La Plantation in Beijing, Yamaha Seoul, Yamaha Osaka, and the Lincoln Center in New York. Mr. Lee is also an avid orchestral saxophonist. He has collaborated numerous conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, and Philippe Entremont. He has appeared with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra lead by Eiji Oue as they launched their 100th Anniversary World Tour at Alice Tully Hall. Mr. Lee has received Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in saxophone performance from Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Lee currently serves as a principal alto saxophonist in New York Wind Orchestra. Mr. Lee is a Si-Yo Artist™ and an endorsing artist of Yamaha Japan. 


Wonki Lee

 

Ryan LeMoine

Dr. Ryan LeMoine is a saxophonist and educator based in the Phoenix metro area, and has performed and taught throughout the United States and Europe. he is an award-winning performer, recognized at the Music Teachers National Association Music Competition (2015) and the inaugural NASA Saxophone Quartet competition (2008). As a researcher, LeMoine conducted an ultrasound study of saxophonists' tongue motions during pitch bends; he has presented on his findings at regional and national North American Saxophone Alliance conferences. An Adjunct Faculty at Paradise Valley and Estrella Mountain Community Colleges, LeMoine also maintains a private lesson studio and is the resident saxophone instructor at Rosie's House Music Academy.  

Ryan LeMoine

Dr. Ryan LeMoine is a saxophonist and educator based in the Phoenix metro area, and has performed and taught throughout the United States and Europe. He is an award-winning performer, recognized at the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition (2015) and the inaugural NASA Saxophone Quartet competition (2008). As a researcher, LeMoine conducted an ultrasound study of saxophonists' tongue motions during pitch bends; he has presented on his findings at regional and national North American Saxophone Alliance conferences. An Adjunct Faculty at Paradise Valley and Estrella Mountain Community Colleges, LeMoine also maintains a private lesson studio and is the resident saxophone instructor at Rosie’s House Music Academy. 

Paul Lessard

American-Canadian saxophonist Paul Lessard is at home in a wide range of styles, from classical and jazz to funk and punk. As a soloist, he has performed with the Hagerstown (MD) Municipal Band, the University of Florida Concert Choir, and both the Gettysburg College Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony. Dedicated to the promotion of new music, Mr. Lessard has worked with a growing number of composers to bring their works to international audiences, most recently giving the European and Canadian premieres of Avner Dorman’s “Suite for Solo Saxophone.”

Mr. Lessard has performed across North America and Europe, including recitals at North American Saxophone Alliance conferences and the 2019 World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb. He holds degrees from the University of Florida and Gettysburg College. Mr. Lessard currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, where he is a doctoral student in composition at the University of Toronto and maintains a studio of private students.

 

 

Jacky Leung

Jacky Leung is one of the most active young classical and pop Hong Kong-born saxophonists.

He had given various performances and masterclass in many institutes and events. In 2017, he was one of the jury members of the Elbe Valley International Music Festival. He also conducted talk, masterclass & recital in Qingdao Grand Theatre, Mahidol University, Shantou University, Kuala Lumpur Performing Art Centre & the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 3 Conference. In 2019, Jacky won the 1st Runner up of Concerto competition & 2nd Runner up of Open Session, Solo Wind Instrument in the 20th Osaka International Music Competition.

Jacky has also written and composed many different varieties of pieces for organisation or commercial parties. 

Jacky is currently the Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong International Single Reed Association, Music Director of the Music Children Foundation and saxophonist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.


Jeffrey Leung

Hailed as a “powerhouse in classical saxophone” (University of Toronto), JEFFREY LEUNG is an active performer, improviser, and aspiring educator. In addition to his work with collaborative artists, Jeffrey serves as the Vice President of Novus New Music, Inc. Recent premieres and commissioning projects include new works by Annika Socolofsky, Timothy Peterson, Roydon Tse, Baldwin Giang, Matthew Browne, Joe Krycia, and Gregory Wanamaker.

Jeffrey has received numerous honours and awards – most notably from the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra and Montreal Symphony Orchestra – and has been invited to workshops at the Banff Centre, American Saxophone Academy, and Université Européenne de Saxophone. Holding degrees from the University of Michigan, Northwestern University, and University of Toronto, Jeffrey is pursuing dual degrees in Saxophone Performance (DMA) and Music Theory (MM) at Michigan State University where he is a Teaching Assistant. Jeffrey’s mentors include Professor Joseph Lulloff, Dr. Timothy McAllister, and Dr. Wallace Halladay. 


Jeffrey Leung

Hailed as a “powerhouse in classical saxophone” (University of Toronto), JEFFREY LEUNG is an active performer, improviser, and aspiring educator. In addition to his work with collaborative artists, Jeffrey serves as the Vice President of Novus New Music, Inc. Recent premieres and commissioning projects include new works by Annika Socolofsky, Timothy Peterson, Roydon Tse, Baldwin Giang, Matthew Browne, Joe Krycia, and Gregory Wanamaker.

Jeffrey has received numerous honours and awards – most notably from the Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra and Montreal Symphony Orchestra – and has been invited to workshops at the Banff Centre, American Saxophone Academy, and Université Européenne de Saxophone. Holding degrees from the University of Michigan, Northwestern University, and University of Toronto, Jeffrey is pursuing dual degrees in Saxophone Performance (DMA) and Music Theory (MM) at Michigan State University where he is a Teaching Assistant. Jeffrey’s mentors include Professor Joseph Lulloff, Dr. Timothy McAllister, and Dr. Wallace Halladay. 

Gail Levinsky

A native of Western Massachusetts, Dr. Gail B. Levinsky serves on the faculty of Susquehanna University. Her performance credits include presentations both nationally and internationally such as the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, North American Saxophone Alliance, World Saxophone Congress, and Festival of Women Composers. She is active in supporting new works for saxophone and has presented educational clinics at state and national symposiums. Dr. Levinsky’s publications are varied and include the saxophone chapters in “Teaching Woodwinds” (MountainPeak Music), a revised edition of Rosemary Lang’s “Beginning Studies in the Altissimo Range”, and a saxophone ensemble arrangement of Victoria’s “O Vos Omnes”.  Levinsky earned her masters and doctorate degrees from Northwestern University under the tutelage of Fred Hemke.  During the summer months she serves as program director for the Snow Pond Music Festival, and on faculty of the Frederick L. Hemke Saxophone Institute and New England Music Camp respectively


Gail Levinsky

A native of Western Massachusetts, Dr. Gail B. Levinsky serves on the faculty of Susquehanna University. Her performance credits include presentations both nationally and internationally such as the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, North American Saxophone Alliance, World Saxophone Congress, and Festival of Women Composers. She is active in supporting new works for saxophone and has presented educational clinics at state and national symposiums. Dr. Levinsky’s publications are varied and include the saxophone chapters in “Teaching Woodwinds” (MountainPeak Music), a revised edition of Rosemary Lang’s “Beginning Studies in the Altissimo Range”, and a saxophone ensemble arrangement of Victoria’s “O Vos Omnes”.  Levinsky earned her masters and doctorate degrees from Northwestern University under the tutelage of Fred Hemke.  During the summer months she serves as program director for the Snow Pond Music Festival, and on faculty of the Frederick L. Hemke Saxophone Institute and New England Music Camp respectively. 

Ting Hua Liang

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Emily Loboda

Dr. Emily Loboda is an accomplished solo saxophonist, chamber musician, and educator.  Her desire to create inspired and meaningful music can be seen not only in her solo performances, but also in chamber performances with her saxophone duo, Silver Lining.

She also is active on the professional jazz scene in North Carolina and is a member of the Winston Salem's Camel City Jazz Orchestra. 

Emily is the saxophone instructor at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee and Mitchell Community College in Statesville, North Carolina,
and lecturer at University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She recently received her Doctorate in Musical Arts in performance, with minor areas in jazz and music education studies from UNCG. She holds degrees from UNCG, CMU, and Tennessee Technological University.  Her teachers include Phil Barham, John Nichol, Steve Stusek, and Chad Eby.


Courtney Long

Courtney Long is currently pursuing her Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Saxophone Performance with a secondary emphasis in Music Theory (ABD). Prior to her studies at UNC, Long earned her Master of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition from Wichita State University and her Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. She has studied saxophone under Lisa Hittle, Jean Lansing, Robert Young, and Andrew Dahlke. Long has performed at the Biennial Conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance in 2018 and North American Saxophone Alliance Region 2 Conference in 2017 as a member of the Front Range Saxophone Quartet and of the Ursa Duo. Long has served on the faculties of Bethany College and Friends University. She currently teaches saxophone at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colorado. 


Robert Lopez-Hanshaw

Composer Robert Lopez-Hanshaw is the Music Director at Temple Emanu-El in Tucson, Arizona, and Guest Composer in Residence with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra. His piece "vokas animo," for choir and full orchestra in 72-tone equal temperament, will be premiered in January 2020 by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. He is also the editor of "Practical Microtones," a compendium of fingerings and playing techniques in 72tet for all standard orchestral instruments


Yue Lu

Yue Lu's biography:Yue obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the China Conservatory of Music in music performance major and an master degree in music performance at university of Idaho. Now, he is the 2nd year of DMA student in University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His teachers include Manlong Li (professor of China Conservatory of Music), Vanessa Silert, Patric Jones, Steven Stusek, and Susan Fancher.

Thomas Luer

Tom Luer is the Professor of Saxophone at California Polytechnic University in Pomona, CA and is a D’Addario Woodwinds Performing Artist.  His album "Project Popular" was released in 2011 to critical acclaim.  Recent recording credits include John Beasley’s Grammy nominated albums “MONK’estra:Volume 1” and ““MONK’estra:Volume 2”, Dave Slonaker’s Grammy nominated “Intrada” and Grammy winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling's "The Brill Building Project".   Music from Tom’s CD was featured in nationally broadcast promos by National Public Radio, and he can also be heard on the soundtrack of the film “Daddy’s Home”, a Paramount Pictures Production.

Tom’s television appearances include the NBC’s “The Voice”, “Sports Illustrated 50 Years of Beautiful” and the “X-Factor” on Fox, the American Music Awards, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and the Ellen Degeneres Show.  Additional performance credits and tours include John Beasley’s “Monk’estra”, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, Poncho Sanchez, Queen Latifah, Tom Wopat, and Engelbert Humperdinck.


Jordan Lulloff

Jordan Lulloff is a Chicago-based saxophonist that specializes in performing the work of living composers. He has been the featured soloist with the United States Air Force Band, University of Memphis Wind Ensemble, and the Lansing and Ann Arbor Community Concert Bands.  An advocate of new music, Jordan has given over 50 world premieres.


As a founding member and Tenor Saxophonist of ~Nois, Jordan performs extensively in the Chicago area and across the United States, with appearances at festivals such as Big Ears, the Continuum Music Festival, the Re:Sound Festival, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and Omaha Under the Radar.  


Jordan completed his Bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University, where he studied with Joseph Lulloff, and his Masters degree at Northwestern University, where he studied with Taimur Sullivan. He currently serves as the Applied Studio Instructor of Classical Saxophone at The University of Illinois Chicago. 



Joseph Lulloff

Michigan State University Saxophone Ensmeble ~ Joseph Lulloff, Conductor

Guest Artist, John Nichol, Alto Saxophone, Professor of Saxophone, Central Michigan University 

Members of the 2019-2020 Michigan State University Saxophone Ensmeble:

 

Maggie Camp,  sophomore music education and performance major

Charlie Chadwell, DMA in saxophone performance

 Zoe Dittman, senior music performance and engineering major

Adam Epler, senior music education and performance major

Jacob Feldman, sophomore music education and performance major

Keaton Garrett, MM in saxophone performance and composition

Kody Grube, freshman music education major

Luke Haight, Bachelor of Arts music major 

Evan Harris, DMA in saxophone performance 

Charlotte Jansky, freshman music education and performance major

Ben Kuszak, sophomore music education major

Jeffrey Leung, DMA in saxophone performance

Ella Marchetti, senior music education and performance major 

Noah Miller, junior music education and performance major

Aaron Plegue,  junior music performance major

Kendra Wheeler, DMA in saxophone performance

Natalia Warthen, freshman music performance major

Tyler Young, DMA in saxophone performance

Eric Zheng, MM saxophone performance major


Joseph Lulloff

Yamaha and Vandoren Performing Artist Joseph Lulloff enjoys a prolific career as a saxophone artist and teacher. A recipient of the Concert Artist Guild and Pro Musicis Awards in solo performance, and the Michigan State University Beal Distinguished Faculty Award and Withrow Excellence in Teaching Awards, he is Professor of Saxophone at Michigan State University and alto saxophonist with the Capitol Quartet.  Lulloff has been featured as guest soloist with the Cleveland, Minnesota, and Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestras, the US Air Force and Navy Bands and the Dallas Winds. He has also performed with Detroit, St. Louis, Minnesota, and Cleveland Orchestras in various concerts. 

Equally at home in the realms of classical and jazz performance, Lulloff specializes in commissioning new works that span both idioms.  During the summertime, he teaches at the Great Plains Saxophone Workshop in Oklahoma and at the Brevard (NC) Music Center Summer Music Institute.

website: www.joelulloff.com 


Ben MacDonald

As an accomplished soloist and chamber musician, saxophonist Ben MacDonald has found success in many different national music competitions including the Music Teacher National Association Competitions, the Fischoff National Music Competition, and NASA Competitions. MacDonald recently performed with the Central Michigan University Symphony Orchestra as the Winner of the 2019 Concerto Competition. Constantly striving to grow as a saxophonist, MacDonald has been a participant in the Great Plains Saxophone Workshop and the Cortona Saxophone Sessions, which culminated in a performance at the XVII World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia. MacDonald recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University studying with Professor John Nichol and is now pursuing a Masters of Music from the University of Oklahoma under the instruction of Dr. Jonathan Nichol. 

william malone

William Malone Bio 2019

 Professor William Malone, is Chair of the PPCC Music Department where he teaches woodwinds, theory, and jazz studies. At UCCS he is an instructor of saxophone, jazz studies and music theory. Mr. Malone is a woodwind specialist with more than 30 premiers has focused on 20/21st Century woodwind performance techniques throughout his career. He has recorded chamber music on the Nuema and Opus One Labels. Currently a candidate for the DMA at The Ohio State, he has earned a MM from the NEW England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA and a BM at Wichita State University. William studied saxophone and clarinet with John Sampen, Joe Allard, Fumiyoshi Maezawa, and Jim Hill. He participated in masterclasses with Fred Hemke and Jean- Marie Londex. In addition to classical study, William had jazz composition and performance studies with Joe Viola, Jimmy Guiffrey and George Russell. 


Ricardo Martinez

Originally from the California Bay Area, Ricardo Martinez studied under acclaimed saxophonists Eugene Rousseau at the University of Minnesota, Jean-Yves Fourmeau in France where he obtained the Médaille d’Or in  saxophone and chamber music with honors at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Cergy-Pontoise, and Otis Murphy at Indiana University. Additional teachers include David Henderson, William  Trimble, and Philippe Braquart. Currently, Martinez is teaching at University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music while completing a Doctor of Music with minors in Music Education and Wind Conducting at  Indiana University where he served as Associate Instructor of Saxophone from 2016-2019.

Jay Mason

Jay Mason has become one of the Los Angeles area’s busiest saxophonists and woodwind doublers since launching his career in 1983, after graduating from CSU, Long Beach. His performance credits include Johnny Mathis, Eddie Daniels, Michael Finestein, Michael McDonald, and many others. He has appeared on recordings for the motion pictures La La Land, Secret Life of Pets, Crazy Rich Asians, and Ralph Wrecks the Internet, television productions America’s Funniest Home Videos, The Tonight Show, American Dad and Family Guy, and video games like World of Warcraft, Diablo, and hundreds more. Additionally, he is a member of Gordon Goodwin’s Grammy winning Big Phat Band, and rounds out his activities by serving on the faculty where he started out at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSULB, and at Concordia University in Irvine. Jay is a Vandoren Reed Artist.


Dylan Matheny

Saros Quartet was formed at the University of Oklahoma in 2019 under the instruction of Dr. Jonathan Nichol. Saros Quartet consists of two graduate students and two undergraduate students. The quartet is comprised of Kirsten Hewes on soprano, Laurette Roddin on alto, Dylan Matheny on tenor, and Rachel Wolz on baritone.  

Stacy Maugans

Dr. Stacy Maugans serves as Chair of the Department of Music and teaches saxophone along with music theory at Valparaiso University, where she has received the Excellence in Teaching Award, and at Lutheran Summer Music. An active recitalist, adjudicator, and lecturer on the history of saxophone in Russia, Dr. Maugans has performed in Russia, Tanzania, Malta, Croatia, Germany, France, Slovenia, China, and Thailand. Her performances include commissions and premieres of works by composers such as Jillian Whitaker, Benjamin Krause, David DeBoor Canfield, James Barry, Shih-Hui Chen, Karen Olsen, Michael Boo, Kirk O’Riordan, and Deborah J. Monroe. She has served NASA in past terms as Treasurer and as Editor of The Saxophone Symposium. Her saxophone teachers were Dr. Eugene Rousseau at Indiana University, where she studied music and math, and Dr. Joseph Wytko at Arizona State University. Her hobbies include running and volunteering with her dog as a Pet Partner Team.


Jessica Maxfield

As a critically acclaimed artist, Los Angeles-based concert saxophonist Jessica Maxfield enjoys an active career as an accomplished performer, educator, clinician and adjudicator. She has concertized and presented clinics throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, she has performed frequently with prestigious ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia Festival, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, Chicago Philharmonic and Joffrey Ballet. Jessica Maxfield holds degrees with distinction from Bowling Green State University and Northwestern University, where she completed a Doctor of Music degree and served as a Lecturer of Saxophone under the guidance of the legendary Dr. Frederick Hemke. Currently she is on the faculty at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music as Artist-Teacher of Classical Saxophone. In addition, she is a Conn-Selmer artist-clinician and hosted the North American Saxophone Alliance's Region 5 Conference in 2015. 


Timothy McAllister

Saxophonist Timothy McAllister is one of today’s premier wind soloists and a member of the 2018 GRAMMY® Award-winning PRISM Quartet, credited with 45 recordings and 200 premieres of compositions by eminent and emerging composers worldwide.

He has appeared with over forty of the world's top orchestras and ensembles in over twenty countries, with recordings on major labels including Nonesuch, ECM, Deutsche Grammophon, Berlin Philharmonic Recordings, Naxos, New Focus and more. McAllister won a 2015 GRAMMY® Award with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as soloist on the album "John Adams: City Noir" featuring the Saxophone Concerto. His recording of Kenneth Fuchs’s RUSHwith the London Symphony Orchestra appears on the 2019 GRAMMY® winning album, “Spiritualist.”

 A revered teacher of his instrument, he is regularly invited to appear at the world's leading institutions. He was appointed Professor of Saxophone at the University of Michigan in September 2014, succeeding his legendary mentor, Donald Sinta.



Adam McCord

Dr. Adam McCord is Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville School of Music. He has been guest professor at Indiana University Jacob's School of Music and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and has also served on the faculties of Miami University, Ohio Northern University, Wittenberg University, and Wake Forest University.

Dr. McCord holds DM and MM degrees in Saxophone Performance as well as the Performer’s Certificate from IU. He received the BM degree in Saxophone Performance and Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Recent performances include the XVIII World Saxophone Congress and the 16th WASBE International Conference. He has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Louisville Orchestra, the Lexington Philharmonic, the Winston-Salem Symphony, and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra and has recordings on the Arizona University Recording, Navona Records, and Mark Custom labels. He is a Yamaha and D’Addario Performing Artist. 


Barry McGinnis

Dr. Barry McGinnis is currently Professor of Woodwinds at Newberry College where he teaches woodwinds, music history, and directs the woodwind ensembles and jazz combo. He received the Bachelor of Science degree - Saxophone Performance from Towson University, the Master of Music-Woodwind Specialist degree from East Carolina University, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree - Saxophone Performance from the University of Georgia. His teachers include Dr. Joseph Briscuso, Dr. Brad Foley, and Dr. Kenneth Fischer. He has appeared with the East Carolina Symphony Orchestra, the Gainesville Symphony Orchestra, and the Augusta Symphony Orchestra. Dr. McGinnis has performed extensively in both classical and jazz settings. Performances include regional and national meetings of the North American Saxophone Alliance and international meetings of the World Saxophone Congress. Dr. McGinnis is currently a member of the North American Saxophone Alliance, the International Clarinet Association, and the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors.


Amy McGlothlin

Amy McGlothlin is Assistant Professor of Humanities (Music) and Director of Bands at Fitchburg State University, where she has taught since 2018. She holds degrees in saxophone performance from Marshall University, the Longy School of Music, and Boston University where she studied with Ed Bingham and Ken Radnofsky. Dr. McGlothlin is a multi-instrumentalist, teaching saxophone, clarinet, and bagpipes in New England since 2003. She is a member of the Pharos Saxophone Quartet, Triage Woodwind Ensemble and is director of the Clan MacPherson Pipes and Drums. DShe has led ensembles on tours in the United States, Scotland and Ireland and was the organizer and founder of the Salem State University Saxophone and Woodwind Day clinics secondary school students.  
Dr. McGlothlin is a Yamaha Artist and Rovner Products Ambassador.

Kristen McKeon

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.   


Kyle Mechmet

 

Cameron Miller

      Cameron Miller, a Michigan native, is currently a second-year DMA candidate at the University of Houston Moores School of Music. He earned his Bachelor's of Music at Grand Valley State University, where he was an active member of the New Music Ensemble under Dr. Bill Ryan and also performed with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble of GVSU. At the University of Oklahoma he earned a Master's of Music in Performance, performing with the OU Wind Symphony at the 2016 Oklahoma Music Educators Association conference in Tulsa, OK. Cameron has performed at past North American Saxophone Alliance conferences in Cincinnati, Lubbock, Stillwater, as well as in Urbana-Champaign and Bowling Green.

Dan Moroz

Dan Moroz is a published composer, innovative performer, and one of Chicago’s top-tier private saxophone instructors. His compositional highlights include: a premiere with CUBE New Music Ensemble, premiering original compositions at six different universities, conducting 63 saxophonists in the premiere of an original work for sax choir, writing several commissions for chamber ensembles, and scoring an independent short that was screened at nine different film festivals. His album of original music is available on iTunes.
 
Dan holds a M.M. in Saxophone Performance from DePaul University, where for two years he served as principal saxophonist for the Wind Ensemble, New Music Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra. He also holds a B.A. in Music Theory and Composition from Elmhurst College, where he was a three-time MENC Honors Recital winner and two-time Concerto Competition winner. He was also named a Sword Scholar and an ACI Humanities Fellow. 

Michael Mortarotti

 

Michael Mortarotti

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Joseph Murphy

 

Patrick Murphy

As a soloist and chamber musician, Patrick Murphy has performed throughout the United States, South America, and Asia. He has performed with such esteemed ensembles as The Chicago Symphony, The New World Symphony, The Musica Nova Orchestra, and The Orchestra of Northern New York. He is a founding member of the Estrella Consort and is saxophonist for the Paradise Winds Reed Quintet. In addition to performing, he currently serves as Manager of the Theater at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ, assisting in the presentation of over 280 shows of incredible diversity every year. His teachers include Timothy McAllister, Eric Lau, and Donald Sinta. He previously taught saxophone, theory and history at SUNY College at Potsdam and he holds degrees from Potsdam, the University of Michigan, and Arizona State University.

Sean Murphy

Dr. Sean Murphy currently serves as Assistant Professor or Arts Management & Entrepreneurship at Baldwin Wallace University in Cleveland, Ohio.  He is the owner of Murphy Music Press, a publishing company specializing in music for saxophone, a Selmer Paris performing artist, and maintains an active private studio.  His debut album, Rediscovering Bauzin is planned for release in 2020.  For more information please visit www.seanmurphysaxophone.com

Sean Murphy

Dr. Sean Murphy currently serves as Assistant Professor or Arts Management & Entrepreneurship at Baldwin Wallace University in Cleveland, Ohio.  He is the owner of Murphy Music Press, a publishing company specializing in music for saxophone, a Selmer Paris performing artist, and maintains an active private studio.  His debut album, Rediscovering Bauzin is planned for release in 2020.  For more information please visit www.seanmurphysaxophone.com

David Nabb

Since surviving a catastrophic stroke 2000, Dr. David Nabb worked with Jeff Stelling to develop a professional saxophone that can be played with the right hand only. In 2013, David Nabb and Jeff Stelling received the first-ever OHMI/Ars Electronica prize for their work on the toggle-key saxophone at Bruckner Hall in Linz, Austria. In 2011, they received awards from VSA, NAMM and NAPBIRT at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. More recently, Dr. Nabb was selected via a worldwide casting call to be featured in the cast and the musical soundtrack for BBC's 2016 Paralympics television commercial "We're the Superhumans." This video had more than 50 million views online, and won dozens of international awards, including Grand Prix at the 2017 Cannes Lions Festival.

David Nabb is a Yamaha Performing Artist, and plays exclusively on Eugene Rousseau saxophone mouthpieces.

 

Shoko Nagami

The members of the San Jose State University Saxophone Ensemble come from diverse backgrounds and use their experiences to collaborate on progressing their musical ideologies. Under the direction of Dr. Michael Hernandez, they work to integrate aspects of vocal, string, percussion, and brass instruments into the sound of the saxophone. The SJSU Saxophone Ensemble includes the saxophonists of the Zelos quartet as well as the Daiso quartet.

Jacob Nance

Jacob Nance is a Junior at the University of Oklahoma studying Saxophone Performance. He has had success in solo performance as well as chamber performance, being recognized as the winner of the University of Oklahoma's 2018 Young Artist competition, and being recognized as Alternate and Honorable Mention in the MTNA State Round both as a solo performer in the Young Artist competition and as a member of the Red Rock and Daybreak Saxophone Quartets. Also proficient in jazz, Jacob is involved in expanding the role of jazz education in the collegiate realm through research and coursework at the University of Oklahoma.  

Eric Nestler

            Eric Nestler has been on the faculty of the University of North Texas College of Music since 1992. He is currently a University Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music. Dr. Nestler presented his New York debut recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in May 2003. Internationally, Nestler has performed solo recitals in South Africa and has traveled to Europe where he performed several solo recitals including performances at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary, the Prague Conservatory, the Janacek Academy in the Czech Republic, and Italy. He has also performed extensively in Asia including Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tianjin, China. In November 2004, Nestler was a featured artist at the Asian Saxophone Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2009, Nestler was diagnosed with embouchure dystonia and was unable to perform for many years. After receiving rehabilitation, Nestler relearned to play the saxophone. 


John Nichol

John Nichol is Professor of Saxophone at Central Michigan University and has performed at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Montreaux, Switzerland (1997), the North Sea Jazz Festival (1997) and the Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival (2000, 2001, 2002). Professor Nichol has also performed by invitation at eight World Saxophone Congresses: Chicago, Illinois (1979), Nuremberg, Germany (1982), Kawasaki, Japan (1988), Valencia, Spain (1997) and Montreal, Canada (2000), Minneapolis, Minnesota (2003), St. Andrews, Scotland (2012), Strasbourg, France (2015), and Zagreb, Croatia (2018). Professor Nichol has performed with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Harry James Orchestra, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. Nichol can be heard on Flights of Fancy (Centaur Recording, 2003), Caught in the Act (White Pine Music, 2007), Woodwind Echoes (White Pine Recording, 2008), and Conspiracy Theory (White Pine Music, 2010).   Professor Nichol is a Yamaha Performing Artist, a Vandoren Artist, and is a Past President of the North American Saxophone Alliance.

 

Jonathan Nichol

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Jonathan Nichol

Jonathan Nichol is an active performing saxophonist who has presented concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Jonathan was a solo-artist semi-finalist in the 2009 Concert Artist Guild Competition and a finalist with the h2 quartet in the 2012 Concert Artist Guild Competition. He is a founding member of the h2 quartet, recipients of the prestigious Gold Medal at the 2007 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and First Prize Award recipients at the inaugural North American Saxophone Alliance Chamber Music Competition (2008). Jonathan Nichol is Associate Professor of Saxophone at the University of Oklahoma and he holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (2010) and a Master of Music degree (2007) from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree (2005) from Central Michigan University. Jonathan’s primary teachers include John Nichol, Joseph Lulloff, and Robbie Smith. He is proud to be a Yamaha and Vandoren Performing Artist.


Jonathan Nichol

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Benjamin Nichols

Benjamin Nichols has been featured on dozens of recordings and hundreds of performances around the world. He wrote and performed horn lines as part of the Ryan Innes Band (American Idol, The Voice), which won by popular vote the $10,000 grand prize at the Stadium of Fire in 2012 and opened for the Beach Boys. Ben received a master’s degree from the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC), where he studied with jazz legends Jerry Bergonzi, Miguel Zenon, Donny McCaslin, and Jason Moran. While at NEC, Ben served as a teaching assistant to Jerry Bergonzi and Ken Schaphorst. Ben was a featured soloist at the Edinburgh, Burmingham, Marlborough, Wigan, and Durham Jazz Festivals (England); the Glasgow Jazz Festival (Scotland); the Rio Das Ostras Jazz e Blues Festival (Brazil); the opening gala of the IAJE International Conference (New York)


Paul Nolen

Dr. Paul Nolen is Associate Professor of Saxophone at Illinois State University. He will submit a full bio in his solo presentation. Please see ensemble bio below. Thanks! 

Kevin Norton

Dr. Kevin Norton earned his DMA in saxophone at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music under Dr. James Bunte. He is currently a private instructor in Cincinnati, primarily at the School for Creative and Performing Arts and the Cincinnati Academy of Performing Arts. He previously studied at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky under Dr. Nathan Nabb and Prof. Eugene Norden, earning a BME and an MM in saxophone performance. He has performed at numerous events held by the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) including the national conferences held in 2008–14 and 2018. Furthermore, he performed at the United States Navy Band’s International Saxophone Symposium in 2011 and 2015–19. In addition, Kevin has actively commissioned and premiered several new works for saxophone; he most recently commissioned a new work for soprano saxophone and electronics by composer Joel Matthys

Doug O'Connor

Praised for his “seamless technique” and “sumptuous lyricism” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), saxophonist Doug O’Connor has performed across Asia, Europe, and the U.S., including appearances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. He holds DMA and MM degrees from the Eastman School of Music, and a BM in Saxophone Performance from the University of Maryland. O’Connor recently served as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the Eastman School of Music, as Associate Lecturer of Saxophone at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, as saxophonist with the United States Naval Academy Band, and is currently employed as ceremonial saxophonist with the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”

Doug O'Connor

Praised for his “seamless technique” and “sumptuous lyricism” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), saxophonist Doug O’Connor has performed across Asia, Europe, and the U.S., including appearances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Merkin Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. He holds DMA and MM degrees from the Eastman School of Music, and a BM in Saxophone Performance from the University of Maryland. O’Connor recently served as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the Eastman School of Music, as Associate Lecturer of Saxophone at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, as saxophonist with the United States Naval Academy Band, and is currently employed as ceremonial saxophonist with the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”

Lindsey O'Connor

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Lindsey O'Connor

Lindsey O’Connor is the Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone of the College of Southern Nevada, the Artistic Director of the Las Vegas Youth Saxophone Ensembles, Woodwinds Coach for the Las Vegas Youth Orchestras, and the Woodwinds Paraprofessional for Clark County School District and Faith Conservatory of the Fine Arts. ​She is the 2018-20 Woodwind Chair of the Nevada Music Teachers Association. As an educator, O'Connor frequently serves as an adjudicator and clinician for the Nevada Music Educators Association and Southern Nevada Band Association. She is an active solo artist, as well as soprano saxophonist of the Red Rock Saxophone Quartet and principal clarinetist of the Nevada Chamber Orchestra. O’Connor is a D.M.A. Saxophone Performance candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (ABD, expected graduation May 2020). She received a M.M. from UNL and a B.M. from Michigan State University. O’Connor is a Vandoren Artist-Clinician and performs exclusively on Vandoren and Yamaha products.


Shawn O'Kelley

Since 2004, Shawn O'Kelley has been teaching at Owasso Public Schools in Owasso, Oklahoma.   He teaches sixth grade flute and saxophone classes, eighth grade band, Owasso High School Symphonic Band I, Owasso Saxophone Ensemble, and assists with the Pride of Owasso marching band.  In 2018, he was recognized with an Exemplary Teacher Award from the Oklahoma Music Educators Association.  Under his direction, Owasso Saxophone Ensemble members have performed at North American Saxophone Alliance conventions from 2016-2019.  Mr. O’Kelley also enjoys teaching an active schedule of private saxophone lessons, and his students frequently earn positions in all region and all state bands.  His professional affiliations include Oklahoma Music Educators Association, where he has served as All State Chair, Phi Beta Mu, North American Saxophone Alliance, and faculty membership at the Great Plains Saxophone Workshop.  Mr. O'Kelley is a 2001 graduate of the University of Arkansas and a native of Farmington, Arkansas.


Stephen Page

Described by noted American composer Libby Larsen as “fearless on stage,” saxophonist Stephen Page has garnered international prominence as one of the leading saxophonists of today’s younger generation. Page has appeared across four continents, including United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, Australia, and the United States.

Stephen has earned prizes in no fewer than ten International and national competitions, including the MTNA Solo and Chamber Competition, the NASA Solo and Quartet Competitions, the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, the YYPA, and the AUREC Saxophone Competition.

Dr. Page has released fourteen recordings as a soloist and chamber musician which can be heard on the Enharmonic, Teal Creek, Crystal Music, and AUR Labels. Stephen’s premier recording of John Mackey’s Soprano Saxophone Concerto and John Adams’ Saxophone Concerto will be released in 2019, on the NAXOS label. 

Stephen Page is Associate Professor at The University of Texas Butler School of Music.


Larry Panella

 

Larry Panella

 

Ellie Parker

British saxophonist Ellie Parker is an active advocate of new music and creative collaboration. She is the recipient of the inaugural Laura Buss Sayavedra Award for Citizen Artistry in the city of Houston, as well as being a second-year Da Camera Young Artist. She is Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at Sam Houston State University where she teaches undergraduate music performance and music education majors. Ellie is Assistant Director and saxophonist for AURA contemporary music

 

Ms. Parker is in the final year of a Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance with a minor in Musicology at the University of Houston where she studies with Dan Gelok. She also studied at Birmingham Conservatoire with Naomi Sullivan, and completed a Masters of Music at Sam Houston State University studying with Dr. Masahito Sugihara with additional study at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel through the Eurasmus Exchange. 


Tracy Patterson

Dr. Tracy Patterson is Associate Professor of Music and Woodwind Chair at Winthrop University where he teaches applied saxophone, jazz improvisation, and coaches chamber ensembles. Patterson received the Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies from Northeastern State University, the Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance from Texas Tech University. He has performed with noted artists Natalie Cole, The Temptations, Robin Eubanks, Bob Mintzer, Wayne Bergeron, Steve Lippia, Linda Eder, Lorna Luft, Brett Eldridge, and Darius Rucker. An active orchestral musician, he has appeared multiple times with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. Patterson is a Performing Artist for Yamaha and D’Addario and exclusively performs on Yamaha Saxophones and D’Addario reeds. He resides in Tega Cay, South Carolina, with his wife, Joy, and daughter, Evelyn.


Tracy Patterson

Dr. Tracy Patterson is Associate Professor of Saxophone/Jazz and Woodwind Chair at Winthrop University where he teaches applied saxophone, jazz improvisation, and coaches chamber ensembles. Patterson received the Bachelor of Arts in Music from Northeastern State University, the Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance from Texas Tech University. He has performed with noted artists Natalie Cole, The Temptations, Robin Eubanks, Bob Mintzer, Wayne Bergeron, Steve Lippia, Linda Eder, Lorna Luft, Brett Eldridge, and Darius Rucker. An active orchestral musician, he has appeared multiple times with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra. Patterson is a Performing Artist for Yamaha and D’Addario and exclusively performs on Yamaha Saxophones and D’Addario reeds. He resides in Tega Cay, South Carolina, with his wife, Joy, and daughter, Evelyn.

 

Gemma Peacocke

Bio for composer Gemma Peacocke is included in the composition information.

 

Kacie Brown is the 1st Prize winner of the inaugural Elise Hall Competition for Emerging Saxophonists. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in saxophone performance at Indiana University under the guidance of Dr. Otis Murphy, a certificate in journalism through IU’s Media School, and is a member of the Hutton Honors College. She attended Interlochen Arts Camp as a Fennell Scholar. She also regularly performs with her quartet, the Kanaderu Saxophone Quartet, most recently at the United States Navy Band’s International Saxophone Symposium.

Shawna Pennock

 

Alexia Perez

Alexia Perez: An active performer, a dedicated educator in the Baton Rouge area, and online as a highly praised instructor on the TakeLessons website. She was the Lessons Manager at Guitar Center, having the highest student enrollment in the nation in January 2019. Alexia is currently the School of Music Recruiter at LSU, where she oversees recruitment, outreach efforts, and music admissions. As an active NASA member, Alexia serves as Social Media Coordinator in the CSW.

 

Alexia has performed at the 2017 NASA Region 6 Conference, and with the BRSO. She placed first in the graduate division of the 2018 NOLA Chamberfest with the Magnolia Saxophone Quartet. Alexia currently performs as a soloist and has recently performed in Duo Vim. The saxophone duet provided a masterclass and performed a Guest Artist Recital at the University of North Florida.

 

Alexia recently earned her Master of Music degree from Louisiana State University.

Scott Phillips

Saxophonist Scott Phillips has been heard in performance across the United States, Canada, France, Croatia and Poland. He has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, McCarter Theatre Center, Center for New Music, Wychwood Barns, Princeton Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series, Spectrum, ETHOS New Music Series, among others. He has appeared as a soloist with the Florida State University Wind Orchestra, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Concert Band, Orlando Concert Band, Peacock Wind Ensemble, a guest artist at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, Oklahoma State University, University of South Florida and with the New York City Opera, Tallahassee Symphony, Flagstaff Symphony, and the Princeton Festival, and National Music Festival Orchestra. He is the tenor saxophonist of Singularity Saxophone Quartet, and serves as Assistant Professor of Jazz at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

Daniel Phipps

Saxophonist Dan Phipps is a recent Master of Music graduate from the studio of Connie Frigo at the University of Georgia's Hugh Hodgson School of Music, where he also served as an aural skills graduate teaching assistant. Dan was awarded the first prize in the 2016 and 2018 MTNA Young Artist Woodwind Solo Competition in Massachusetts and Georgia, respectively, and was a winner of the UMass concerto competition, performing John Anthony Lennon’s Symphonic Rhapsody.  In 2016, Dan was the baritone saxophonist on the premiere recording of Frank Martin's Totentanz zu Basel im Jahre 1943 with the Massachusetts Winds. Dan has participated in festivals such as the American Saxophone Academy at the Eastman School of Music and the Vienna Summer Musica Festival in Austria. He received his B.M. in performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His past teachers include Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, Lynn Klock, and Dr. Felipe Salles.

Gabriel Pique

Gabriel Piqué is the current Assistant Professor of Saxophone & Jazz Studies at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, OH. 

Gabriel Piqué holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Georgia and is currently a DMA candidate at the University of Illinois. 

He is the recipient of Eastmans prestigious performer's certificate and in 2016 he was named first prize winner of the NASA Solo Competition. He is the baritone saxophonist of the award-winning Fuego Quartet, which was the gold medal winner of the 2017 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the 2017 Plowman Chamber Music Competition. Piqué also plays alto in the touring saxophone sextet, The Moanin’ Frogs. Piqué has studied jazz saxophone with Dave D’Angelo of the Buddy Rich Orchestra and Ron Bridgewater of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. His primary teachers have included Debra Richtmeyer, Chien-Kwan Lin and Connie Frigo. Piqué is a Vandoren Artist.


Wilson Poffenberger

Saxophonist WILSON POFFENBERGER is currently pursuing a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance and literature at the University of Illinois where he is the split jazz and classical teaching assistant for Debra Richtmeyer. As a soloist, Mr. Poffenberger has performed with the Illinois Modern Ensemble, Dana Symphony Orchestra and Youngstown State University Percussion Ensemble. He has presented recitals at the XVIII World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia, EMS60 Conference, Splice New Music Festival, International Navy Band Saxophone Symposium and the Fondation des Etats-Unis. Recent accomplishments include Silver Medal at the 2019 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, first prize at the 2019 Mostly Modern Festival Concerto Competition, first prize at the 2019 Krannert Debut Artist Competition, grand prize at the 2017 Enkor International Woodwind and Brass Competition and winner of the 2016-2017 Harriet Hale Woolley award. His primary teachers include Debra Richtmeyer, Jean-Michel Goury, James Umble, and Keith Young.

Wilson Poffenberger

The Khroma Saxophone Quartet is an awarding winning chamber ensemble that was founded in 2018 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Committed to artistry at the highest level, Khroma’s repertoire ranges from transcriptions to contemporary works with a special emphasis on audience engagement. The members come from unique and decorated backgrounds, allowing the quartet to be informed by an accumulation of experiences and saxophone pedigrees. The group is comprised of Doctor of Musical Arts candidates Wilson Poffenberger (tenor) and Anne Kunkle (soprano), Artist Diploma student Michael Chapa (baritone), and Master of Music student Scott Augustine (alto). Most recently Khroma was awarded the Silver Medal at the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Competition in South Bend, IN and was an invited chamber ensemble at the 2018 Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL.

Justin Polyblank

SFC Justin Polyblank resides in Springfield, VA and is a member of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” As a saxophonist in the ceremonial element of “Pershing’s Own,” Justin performs honors in services held at Arlington National Cemetery as well as the White House, United States Capitol, Pentagon, and other locations throughout the Military District of Washington. He also performs in concert as a member of The U.S. Army Concert Band and The U.S. Army Blues. As a freelance musician in the Washington, D.C. area, Justin performs regularly with local entertainment group Bachelor Boys Band as well as the Texas Chainsaw Horns.

SFC Polyblank remains active as an educator, serving on the faculty of the McLean School of Music and teaching throughout the Fairfax County public school system. Justin’s teachers and mentors have included David Baker, Pat Harbison, Ron McCurdy, Otis Murphy, Brent Wallarab, Tom Walsh, and Keith Young.

Thomas Poole

Tommy Poole is Director of Jazz Studies at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater OK. He is an active saxophonist in a variety of genres.

Poole's arrangements/compositions have been featured on at least eight CDs. His first three CDs as producer received critical acclaim from All About JazzJazzEd MagazineOutside in Music, and ITA Journal. Poole's most recently produced CD, Solid Gold (2017) featured trombonist Michael Dease with the OSU Jazz Orchestra. The recording was awarded four stars by All About Jazz. Of Poole's arranging on the CD, Dan Bilawsky of JazzEd Magazine writes, "Poole's 'Out Front' uses infectious lines in fifteen and four to serve as foundational material, his sweeping arrangment of Antonio Carlos Jobim's 'Discussao' is pure Brazlian beauty..."

Poole has served as guest artist, all-state clinician and/or adjudicator for countless conferences and jazz festivals. His research on metric modulations has been published in Jazz Inside Magazine. 


Neal Postma

Dr. Neal Postma is a saxophonist based in South Carolina where he enjoys a multi-faceted music career. In addition to being an active performer and pedagogue, he works in both arts administration as the president of a national single reed conference and in the music business with D'Addario Woodwinds.
 
As an educator, Neal currently serves on the faculties of Winthrop University and Claflin University where he teaches saxophone, clarinet, and music appreciation and directs chamber ensembles and the jazz ensemble. In addition to a busy performance schedule, Neal can be heard on the recently released CD by Adam Silverman, The Things That Go.
 
Neal holds degrees from the University of South Carolina (DMA), University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (MM) and the University of Colorado (BM). His primary teachers are Clifford Leaman, James Bunte, and Tom Myer.


Rafael Powell II

Rafael Powell is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts, Saxophone Performance, at Texas Tech University where he studies with Professor David Dees.

Rafael’s accomplishments include performances at the NASA Region IV Conference, CMS South Central Conference, SCI Conference, and Mana Saxophone Institute. Along with these conference performances, Rafael has performed with the Sherman Symphony, Little Rock Wind Symphony, CBDNA Intercollegiate Band, AIB Intercollegiate Band, and Stardust Big Band. Powell also won the 2015 State MTNA Young Artist Competition.

Mr. Powell is a graduate of Henderson State University, and Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he received his BM, and MM respectively. Powell’s primary teachers are Dr. Steve Becraft, Dr. Jennifer Amox, Dr. Chris Beaty, Dr. Mary Druhan, and Dr. Julee Walker. 


AJ Pratt

 

AJ Pratt

Hailing from Michigan's capitol city, AJ's passion for progress has motivated him to grow and evolve with those around him.

Upon completion of his Bachelor of Music Education at Eastern Michigan University, he began studies towards a Master of Music at the University of Arizona. AJ has had many great performance opportunities including Carnegie Hall as well as being a featured soloist with local high schools. In 2015 and 2016, he was selected as Honorable Mention for the William Stewart Competition and was selected to perform as a featured soloist with the EMU Symphonic Band in the latter year.

Hungry for new music, AJ has collaborated with different composers such as Michael Markowski, Geoffrey Stanton, Frank Nawrot, Brian McCloskey, and Josh Trentadue.

His teachers have included Woody Chenoweth, Connor Mikula, Kim Loeffort, Todd Gaffke, and Edward Goodman. 

Brandon Quarles

~Nois is an award-winning saxophone quartet from Chicago, IL. Known for its “masterclass-level demonstrations of precise articulations and glowing legatos” (I Care if You Listen), “truly innovative musicianship,” and “raw creativity” (Cacophony Magazine), the group blurs the boundaries between contemporary classical music and experimental improvisation. Winners of the Silver Medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (2017) and Second Prize in the Open Division of M-Prize (2018), ~Nois has been a featured guest artist at the University of Chicago, the Manhattan School of Music, and Princeton University. In recent seasons, ~Nois has performed with Eighth Blackbird, the Bang On A Can All-Stars, flutist Claire Chase, and indie rock band My Brightest Diamond. The group regularly tours across the country and has premiered over 30 works for the saxophone quartet. ~Nois is Hunter Bockes, János Csontos, Jordan Lulloff, and Brandon Quarles. www.noissaxophone.com

Heidi Radtke

Dr. Heidi Radtke maintains an active career as a saxophonist and pedagogue. She is the Instructor of Saxophone at Butler University in Indianapolis and provides applied saxophone and chamber music instruction for the Carmel High School band program. Since arriving in Indianapolis, Heidi has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, several regional orchestras, at local recording studios and area churches.  In the spring of 2018, she gave the Indiana premiere performance of Stacy Garrop's Saxophone Concerto “Quicksilver” with the Butler University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Michael Colburn. Heidi completed undergraduate degrees in political science and saxophone performance at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, graduate degrees in library science and music performance from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University Bloomingto. Her primary teachers include Professor Debra Richtmeyer and Dr. Otis Murphy. 

Joey Resendez

Dr. Joey Resendez has earned high regard as a saxophone educator and performer. In addition to the small private studio he maintains, he serves as the soprano/alto saxophonist for the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and is the saxophonist for many regional orchestras in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  Dr. Resendez holds degrees from the University of North Texas, the University of Michigan, and Baylor University. 


Alexander Richards

Alexander Richards is an active pedagogue and performing artist, having appeared in concert in Canada, the United States and Europe. Alexander has been a featured soloist with ensembles at the University of Victoria Wind Symphony (2011), the University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble (2013), and at the University of North Texas. In addition, Alexander has been the recipient of the prestigious Berneking Memorial Fellowship and the Patsy C. and Fred W. Patterson College of Music Fellowship. Alexander has had the opportunity to study with many luminaries, including Dr. Eugene Rousseau, Dr. Eric Nestler and Wendell Clanton. Alexander holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Victoria, a Master of Music from the University of Minnesota, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas.

 

Greg Rife

Greg Rife is a saxophonist and music educator currently pursuing a DMA at the University of Iowa where he is the teaching assistant to Dr. Kenneth Tse. 

Greg is an active solo performer and as a member of the Colere Quartet. Recent appearances include performances at NASA conferences, a concerto performance with the Illinois Wind Symphony, and at competitions including the Fischoff and Plowman chamber music competitions. Greg serves on the faculty of Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL where he directs the Concert Band and the Fighting Scots Marching Band. Greg also serves as the saxophone instructor in the Lincoln-Way School District in New Lenox, IL.

Greg holds both a BME and MM in saxophone performance degrees from the University of Illinois where he was a student of Debra Richtmeyer.


Greg Riley

 

Amy Robinson

Amy Robinson is active as a saxophone performer, educator, and conductor. She holds Master of Music degrees in Saxophone Performance and Conducting from Illinois State University and a Bachelor in Music Education from Slippery Rock University.

 

As a soloist Amy has performed at international conferences, including the 2015 World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France and the 2016 and 2018 NASA conferences. Robinson has also performed with her saxophone quartet at the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium and was a semi-finalist in the 2014 NASA Saxophone Quartet Competition. As a member of both SRU’s and ISU’s premiere Wind Ensembles, Amy has recorded many CDs, most notably the NAXOS recording with the ISU Wind Symphony. 

 

Amy is a member of professional organizations, including NASA, TMEA, TBA, and NAfME. Her primary saxophone professors include Paul Nolen and Jason Kush and she currently teaches Iowa Park ISD in Wichita Falls, Texas.


Laurette Roddin

Laurette is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance and a Graduate Certificate in Arts Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Oklahoma, studying with Dr. Jonathan Nichol.

She has won and participated in chamber music competitions held by the North American Saxophone Alliance, Coltman Chamber Music, and the Music Teachers National Association.

Laurette has administrative experience in the music industry, working and interning for D’Addario & Co., the NAMM Show, and Opera America.

She holds a Master of Music degree from Stephen F. Austin State University (2018), studying with Dr. Nathan Nabb, and a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam (2016) in Music Education and Music Business, studying with Dr. Robert Young.


Laurette Roddin

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Brian Rodesch

A versatile performer and educator, Dr. Brian Rodesch is an emerging voice in saxophone and pedagogy. Comfortable in an array of genres and educational settings, Rodesch has presented performances and clinics at institutions throughout the United States. As an advocate for new music and a founding member of the Nexus Duo (saxophone & clarinet), Rodesch has emphasized commissioning and presenting works that focus on creating engaging musical experiences for young audiences. Rodesch currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Simpson College and on summer faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp; and has previously taught at University of Minnesota-Morris, MacPhail Center for Music, and served as a director with the Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands (MYJB). As a performer, Rodesch holds the tenor chair in the Minneapolis based Atlas Saxophone Quartet and frequently appears with the Des Moines Big Band. Rodesch is a Conn-Selmer and Dahlke Mouthpiece performing artist.  


Brian Rodesch

A versatile performer and educator, Dr. Brian Rodesch is an emerging voice in saxophone and pedagogy. Comfortable in an array of genres and educational settings, Rodesch has presented performances and clinics at institutions throughout the United States. As an advocate for new music and a founding member of the Nexus Duo (saxophone & clarinet), Rodesch has emphasized commissioning and presenting works that focus on creating engaging musical experiences for young audiences. Rodesch currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Simpson College and on summer faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp; and has previously taught at University of Minnesota-Morris, MacPhail Center for Music, and served as a director with the Minnesota Youth Jazz Bands (MYJB). As a performer, Rodesch holds the tenor chair in the Minneapolis based Atlas Saxophone Quartet and frequently performs with the Des Moines Big Band. Rodesch is a Conn-Selmer and Dahlke Mouthpiece performing artist.  


Justin Rollefson

Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate (Chickasaw) is a dedicated American Indian classical composer and pianist who expresses his native culture in symphonic music, ballet and opera. All of his compositions have been commissioned by major North American orchestras, ensembles and organizations and his works are performed throughout the world.

 

Tate has been Composer-in-Residence for League of American Orchestras, Joyce Foundation/American Composers Forum, Oklahoma’s NewView Summer Academy, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and Grand Canyon Music Festival Native American Composer Apprentice Project. He is the founding composition instructor for the Chickasaw Summer Arts Academy and has taught composition to American Indian high school students in Minneapolis, the Hopi, Navajo and Lummi reservations and Canada.

 

Tate is a three-time commissioned recipient from American Composers Forum, a Chamber Music America commissionrecipienta Cleveland Institute of Music Alumni Achievement Award recipient, a governor-appointed Creativity Ambassador for the State of Oklahoma and a 2011 Emmy Award winner.


Justin Rollefson

Dr. Justin Rollefson showcases the diversity and flexibility of the saxophone through exploring unconventional chamber ensembles and actively commissioning new works for these ensembles. In 2014, he founded the Rogue Trio (violin, saxophone, and piano). In 2016, Rollefson founded the Eos saxophone sextet. In 2017, he co-founded Lotus (saxophone trio). Finally, in 2018, he founded Zinnia (saxophone, cello and piano). Rollefson has not only been active in chamber music, but has also appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras and wind groups as well as has performed on saxophone and clarinet in the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Rollefson completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance at Arizona State University, where he also completed his Master of Music degree in saxophone performance in 2014. Dr. Rollefsons past instructors and chamber coaches include Kenneth Tse, Joseph Lulloff, Robert Spring, the Shanghai String Quartet, and the Fifth House Ensemble.


Nicki Roman

Dr. Nicki Roman is the most recent first prize winner of the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Solo Competition. She has been a prize winner at the Music Teacher’s National Association Young Artist Solo Competition, William C. Byrd International Competition, and is the first saxophonist to be the recipient of the International Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship. She has been a featured concerto soloist with the Eastman Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Wind Ensemble, UW-Milwaukee Wind Ensemble, Illinois Wind Symphony, University of North Florida Orchestra, and the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Nicki joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts in the fall of 2018. She recently earned her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the Eastman School of Music where she was the first female Assistant Director of the Eastman Saxophone Project. Nicki is a Conn-Selmer and Vandoren Performing Artist.



Nicki Roman

Nicki Roman is the most recent first prize winner of the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Solo Competition. She has been a featured concerto soloist with the Eastman Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Wind Ensemble, UW-Milwaukee Wind Ensemble, Illinois Wind Symphony, University of North Florida Orchestra, and the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Roman is the Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts. At UWM, she teaches applied saxophone, coaches chamber music, and is the director of the UWM Saxophone Ensemble. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the Eastman School of Music where she was the first female Assistant Director of the Eastman Saxophone Project. She is a member of the Fuego Quartet, prize winners of the Fischoff, Plowman, and MTNA National Chamber Music Competitions. Nicki is a Conn-Selmer and Vandoren Performing Artist.


Timothy Rosenberg

Timothy Rosenberg enjoys a national career performing with several notable ensembles, including the Hippocrene Saxophone Quartet, the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, and the Binghamton Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the H2 Quartet, the Hyperbaton Ensemble, and the Cayuga Saxophone Quartet. He can be heard on Intersecciones on the Ashes Records label, and Times & Spaces on Blue Griffin Records. He is the Instructor of Saxophone at Bethune-Cookman University and the Course Director for A&R at Full Sail University. He has previously served on the faculty of Ithaca College. A New York native, Timothy is an alumnus of Michigan State University and Ithaca College. Learn more at timothyrosenberg.com. 

Elizabeth Rosinbum

Elizabeth Rosinbum maintains a multi-dimensional career as an educator, performer, clinician, and speaker. She is Adjunct Faculty in Fine Arts at Concordia University and maintains a select private studio in one of the most competitive districts in central Texas. The first ever saxophonist to be hired as a D'Addario Woodwinds Method clinician, Elizabeth has given hundreds of educational masterclasses and supervises other clinicians.

Elizabeth has commissioned and premiered works for saxophone throughout the United States and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician, and currently serves on the board of the Austin Saxophone Ensemble. A gifted speaker, she has lectured at several universities throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Oregon, and abroad on woodwind pedagogy, entrepreneurship, performance psychology, and career strategies and business skills.


Elizabeth Rosinbum

Elizabeth Rosinbum maintains a multi-dimensional career as an educator, performer, clinician, and speaker. She is Adjunct Faculty in Fine Arts at Concordia University and maintains a select private studio in one of the most competitive districts in central Texas. The first ever saxophonist to be hired as a D'Addario Woodwinds Method clinician, Elizabeth has given hundreds of educational masterclasses and supervises other clinicians.

Elizabeth has commissioned and premiered works for saxophone throughout the United States and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician, and currently serves on the board of the Austin Saxophone Ensemble. A gifted speaker, she has lectured at several universities throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Oregon, and abroad on woodwind pedagogy, entrepreneurship, performance psychology, and career strategies and business skills.


Chris Sacco

Chris Sacco is an active performer and teacher based in Phoenix, Arizona. Recent performances include appearances with the Princeton Festival Orchestra, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. He has premiered 22 works and commissioned five - four of which are based off of the ongoing refugee crisis. As a teacher, he has taught lessons and fundamentals classes to college, high school, and middle school students in New York, South Carolina, Florida, Michigan, and Arizona. Sacco is currently a member of Singularity Quartet. His principal mentors have been Wildy Zumwalt, Carina Raschèr, Patrick Meighan, Dan Graser, and Christopher Creviston. Sacco is currently a doctoral candidate at Arizona State University.

John Salinas

Dr. Johnny Salinas is currently the saxophone professor at Oklahoma State University's Greenwood School of Music in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Prior to working at OSU, Dr. Salinas served as the Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Soochow University School of Music in China. While in China, Dr. Salinas performed many solo and chamber music recitals and had the opportunity to play with the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. As a native of Houston, Texas, he has performed with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Ballet, and Musiqa, an award-winning American contemporary music ensemble. He has performed as a soloist live on National Public Radio's "The Front Row" and at notable venues such as the Shanghai Symphony Hall, Jinan Grand Theatre, the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theatre in Washington, DC, and the Lila Cockrell Theatre in San Antonio, Texas. He has given many performances throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.



Claire Salli

Claire Salli is an Artist Certificate student studying with Dr. Jan Berry-Baker at Georgia State University. She is an advocate for new music and has commissioned and premiered many new works for the saxophone. She has an avid performing and teaching career both in and outside of academia. She has had the opportunity to perform in the United States, Croatia, and Italy and has worked as a clinician and private lesson teacher at numerous high schools and camps across the country. She placed in several competitions such as MTNA Ohio, the Marquette Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, the Stephen F Austin Stare University concerto competition and the Douglas Wayland Chamber music competition. She has a masters in saxophone performance from Bowling Green State University where she served as Dr. John Sampen’s teaching assistant and taught undergraduate applied lessons and ensemble. Claire also earned her bachelor’s in music education from Stephen F Austin State University where she studied with Dr. Nathan Nabb.

 

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Claire Salli

Claire Salli is currently an Artist Certificate student at Georgia State University. She has an active performing and teaching career both in and outside of academia. So far, she has had the opportunity to perform in the United States, Croatia, and Italy and has worked as a clinician, sectional and private lesson teacher at numerous schools around the country. She is an advocate for new music and has commissioned and premiered several new works for the saxophone. Her primary teachers include Dr. Jan Berry Baker, Dr. John Sampen, Dr. Nathan Nabb, and Dr. Eric Nestler.

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John Sampen

As one of America's leading concert saxophonists, John Sampen is particularly recognized as a distinguished artist in contemporary literature. He has commissioned over one hundred twenty new works and has soloed with ensembles from all over the world. Sampen has recorded with Belgian and Swiss National Radio and is represented on the Orion, CRI, Albany and Capstone record labels. A clinician for the Conn-Selmer Company and the Légère Company, he has presented masterclasses at important universities and conservatories throughout Europe, Asia and North America.  In addition to contemporary literature, Sampen performs traditional saxophone repertoire in recital with pianist/composer Marilyn Shrude.   Dr. Sampen is currently a Distinguished Artist Professor at Bowling Green State University and is Past President of the North American Saxophone Alliance.


Gabriel Sanchez

Costa Rican saxophonist Gabriel Sanchez Porras is currently a candidate for a D.M.A. in Saxophone Performance, and a Graduate Assistant of the jazz department at the University of Iowa. 

In his home country Gabriel is an active teacher and performer. Appearances include concerts with the National Symphonic Orchestra of Costa Rica, and the San Jose Concert Band. He has participated in several saxophone and music festivals mainly in Latin America. In the last ten years he has performed in Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Colombia, Guatemala, France, Switzerland, and United States as part of different ensembles.  

In 2019 he obtained the 2nd prize at the Concurso Panamericano de Saxofon Clásico Yucatán, 2017 he was awarded the third prize of the ALASAX (Latin American Saxophone Association) classical saxophone competition

Scott Sandberg

Dr. Scott Sandberg serves as Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Clarinet at the University of North Dakota and maintains an active schedule as a performer, clinician, and adjudicator. Internationally, he has toured China three times, including performing as a featured soloist with the East China Normal University Orchestra, and at conferences of the World Saxophone Congress in Scotland and Croatia. He has also performed in Canada, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Norway, as well as across the United States at universities, festivals and numerous conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance. A North Dakota native, Sandberg received his Bachelor of Music in music education from the University of North Dakota. He received his Master of Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts in saxophone performance from the University of Iowa as a student of Dr. Kenneth Tse. Sandberg is a Selmer Paris endorsing artist. www.scott-sandberg.com

Melissa Scanlan-Duncan

Melissa Scanlan-Duncan MSW, LICSW is a licensed psychotherapist with a specialized practice in anxiety management and performance for athletes and artists. Melissa is based in St. Paul, Minnesota and obtained her undergraduate degree (B.A. in Psychology) from the College of St Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. She went on to earn her Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. She has received specialized training in Clinical Hypnosis through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety Management. Melissa currently practices at Regions Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic. Her past clinical experience includes community based mental health programs, day treatment settings, as well as Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care. She has worked extensively in leadership roles, developing teams, and managing employee performance.

Melissa was a competitive dancer in high school and college, and continues to compete in the fitness industry. She has earned the title of Fitness Professional and competes in competitions locally as well as nationally. She has been featured in numerous publications in the US and abroad. Melissa uses the same mental training techniques from her practice to achieve her own goals as an athlete.

Melissa aims to create insight, focus, and mental/emotional stamina with performers so they can fully engage in their work and help them achieve optimal performance consistently.


Phil Scarff

Saxophonist and composer Phil Scarff (www.philscarff.com) performs Indian classical music and contemporary jazz, and leads the world-jazz groups Natraj and the Lewis Porter-Phil Scarff Group. Phil pioneers the performance of North Indian classical music on soprano saxophone, exquisitely capturing the subtlety and depth of this music. His performance at India's legendary Tansen Samaroh, Gwalior, India, with Saskia Rao de Haas was "The highlight of the festival." [Dainik Bhaskar]. Indian classical appearances also include India's Nehru Center (Mumbai); Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture (Kolkata); and ICCR Theater (Delhi). Phil has presented workshops on jazz, Indian classical music, and world music at institutions such as New England Conservatory, Indian Musicological Society (Mumbai), Berklee College, Tufts Univ., Kalakshetra Foundation (Chennai, India), Univ. of North TX, Univ. of OK, Lawrence Univ., Bowdoin College, Dartmouth College, Guelph Jazz Festival, Univ. of RI, MIT, LearnQuest Festival, Boston Univ., and Berks Jazz Fest.


Phil Scarff

Saxophonist and composer Phil Scarff (www.philscarff.com) performs Indian classical music and contemporary jazz, and leads the world-jazz groups Natraj and the Lewis Porter-Phil Scarff Group. Phil pioneers the performance of North Indian classical music on soprano saxophone, exquisitely capturing the subtlety and depth of this music. His performance at India's legendary Tansen Samaroh, Gwalior, India, with Saskia Rao de Haas was "The highlight of the festival." [Dainik Bhaskar]. Indian classical appearances also include India's Nehru Center (Mumbai); Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture (Kolkata); and ICCR Theater (Delhi). Phil has performed with Indian classical icons including Ronu Majumdar, Shashank, Kadri Gopalnath, Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman, Trichy Sankaran, and Chitravina Ravikiran. Phil performs jazz with Aardvark, Jazz Composers Alliance, OddSong, and Filmprov, and is featured on 40 CDs/DVDs.

“Weaving magic through his saxophone with Raga Puriya… soul-stirring… sonorous… refreshing and delightful.” - Deccan Herald, Bengaluru.

"Delirious tenor sax solo." - All About Jazz.


Tyler Schaefers

Tyler Schaefers, from Aurora, IL, is currently pursuing a master’s degree in saxophone performance at Illinois State University under Dr. Paul Nolen.

 

For his undergraduate degree, Tyler completed a double major in saxophone performance and economics at DePauw University. While at DePauw, Tyler studied with Professor Scotty Stepp and served as the soprano saxophonist in the Ephemeral Quartet.


Tyler attended the Frederick L. Hemke Saxophone Institute in 2015 and 2016, where he had the opportunity to study with Frederick L. Hemke, the Kumoi Quartet, John Sampen, and Gail B. Levinsky.

 

Tyler has also performed in master classes with Timothy McAllister, Frederick L. Hemke, Otis Murphy, and Debra Richtmeyer.



Henning Schroeder

Henning Schröder has performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America, both as a soloist and in groups as diverse as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Max Raabe & Palast Orchester. As baritone saxophonist of the Capitol Quartet and with his duo partner, pianist Yu-Lien The, Henning explores both the standard and contemporary repertoire of his instrument. A Yamaha Performing Artist, he has been featured in performances, lectures, clinics and as a composer at international conferences and festivals in Europe and the US. Henning holdsdegrees in saxophone performance and saxophone pedagogy from the University of Arts Berlin, Western Michigan University and the University of Illinois. He studied with Debra Richtmeyer, Johannes Ernst, Trent Kynaston and Chip McNeill. Henning is an Associate Professor of Music at Ohio Northern University. He spends his summers in North Carolina as a member of the Brevard Summer Music Festival Artist Faculty.


Richard Schwartz

An award winning and Grammy® considered saxophonist, Dr. Richard A. Schwartz has commissioned and/or premiered over thirty new works for saxophone, performed for regional, national and international events in North and South America and Europe and is the grand prize winner of the 1997 International Henri Mancini Institute Concerto Competition, recipient of the 2010 Southeastern Louisiana University President's Award for Excellence in Artistic Activity and recipient of the 2018 Eastern New Mexico University President's Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Schwartz has performed featured solos with such pop musical legends as Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin and has shared the stage with jazz artists backing up Dave Grusin, Roy Hargrove, Bob Mintzer and others.  Immediate past president of the New Mexico Jazz Educators, Dr. Schwartz is associate professor of saxophone and jazz studies at Eastern New Mexico University, having served on the faculties of Boston University, Brandies University and Southeastern Louisiana University (2011-2013 Faculty Senate President).


Baljinder Sekhon

“Clearly knowing the power of sonority” (Philadelphia Inquirer), the music of Baljinder Sekhon has been presented in over 500 concerts in twenty countries. From works for large ensemble to solo works to electronic music, Sekhon’s demonstrate a wide range of genres and styles. Numerous commercial recordings of Sekhon’s music have been released, including those on Albany Records, Parma, AMP, Klarthe, BCM&D, and Equilibrium Records. A portrait CD of Sekhon’s music was released on Innova Records in April 2018. His saxophone works are regularly performed around the world, with performances at the World Saxophone Congress, EurSax, several NASA National and Regional conferences, and in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Seoul Arts Center, and the National Recital Hall of Taiwan.

Sekhon serves as Assistant Professor of Composition at Penn State University. He holds the PhD, MA from the Eastman School of Music and a BM from the University of South Carolina.

 

Alex Sellers

Alex Sellers is a music educator based in Rochester Hills, Michigan, where he teaches adjunct at Oakland University. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he maintains a private studio of middle and high school students, regularly gives clinics at middle and high schools and works with a number of non-profit arts organizations in the Detroit area. Most recently, he performed Jake Heggie’s opera “Three Decembers” with Opera MODO in Detroit. Outside of teaching and performing, Mr. Sellers also works as a music engraver, having worked on a number of projects for the Assembly Saxophone Quartet, and was recently appointed the music copyist for Opera MODO. Mr. Sellers holds a MM in saxophone performance from Oakland University where he studied with Dr. Jeffrey Heisler, a MM in music technology and a BM in saxophone performance from Georgia Southern University where he studied with Dr. John Thompson and Dr. Carolyn Bryan respectively.

Johnny Selmer

My name is Johnny Selmer, and I am a chamber musician and music teacher from San Jose, CA. My passions and interests include playing classical saxophone, the new  music genre, researching saxophone history, and dogs. I actively play with the Zelos Saxophone Quartet in both regular public performances and yearly outreach tours. We have won several competitions as an ensemble, including the Grand Prize for Chamber Music at the 2018 Frances Walton Competition in Seattle, WA and the 2017-2018 California State and southwest Regional MTNA Competitions.


I perform on historic instruments and mouthpieces designed to the acoustical specifications of the saxophone’s inventor, Adolphe Sax. Here are my setups:


Alto:


Soprano:


Zachary Shemon

Zach Shemon enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and pedagogue in roles as Associate Professor of Saxophone at the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory, alto saxophonist in the PRISM Quartet, and on the faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp. His current and former students hold teaching positions throughout the US and have been finalists in national and international competitions, as well as in auditions for US Military Bands. He has released numerous critically acclaimed recordings and performed worldwide with the PRISM Quartet. Shemon won 1st prize at the inaugural ISSAC Competition and has appeared as a concerto soloist with bands and orchestras throughout the world. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Indiana University, where he studied with Donald Sinta and Otis Murphy, respectively. Shemon performs on Selmer (Paris) saxophones, D’Addario Reserve reeds, and is an active clinician throughout the world.


Michael Shults

As a concert saxophonist, Shults has been praised for his “jaw-dropping” and “authoritative” performances (Bill Brownlee of the Kansas City Star) and has performed by invitation at the College Band Director's National Association conference, North American Saxophone Alliance biennial conference, the Minnesota Music Educator's Association conference, and the University of Iowa Festival for New Music. Dr. Shults has been a featured soloist with the Mid-Kansas Symphony and the Rhodes College Orchestra. He is a founding faculty member of the Kansas City Saxophone Workshop along with Zach Shemon, alto saxophonist of the PRISM Quartet. Dr. Shults has also served on the faculty of the Eugene Rousseau Saxophone Workshop at Shell Lake Arts Center. He is currently the alto saxophone chair in the Coalescent Quartet. 

Michael is Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Memphis. He is a Yamaha and D’Addario performing artist and performs on their instruments and reeds exclusively. 


Jeffrey Siegfried

Jeff Siegfried combines a “rich, vibrant tone” (South Florida Classical Review) with “beautiful and delicate playing” (Michael Tilson Thomas) to deliver “showstopper performances” (Peninsula Reviews).

Siegfried serves as Assistant Professor of Saxophone at West Virginia University. He is a member of The Moanin’ Frogs and has collaborated with casalQuartet and the Fonema Consort.

Siegfried received first prize at the Luminarts Competition and the Frances Walton Competition and was runner up in the Carmel Music Society Competition and the NASA Quartet Competition. He is the recipient of the 2016 Hans Schaueble Award. 

Siegfried has appeared as a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (WA), the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the University of Portland Wind Ensemble, the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble, and the Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble. He has also appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, and Spoleto Festival, USA.

 

Vanessa Sielert

Vanessa Sielert is Director and Professor at the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho. She has also served as professor of saxophone on the faculties of Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle Pacific University and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Sielert has performed with a wide range of performing groups, including the Palouse Jazz Project, the Bob Curnow Big Band, the Spokane Symphony, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. As a member of the Millennium Saxophone Quartet, she was a medal winner at the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. She can be heard on several recent recordings including Fireflies, recorded by an ensemble she founded, the Free Range Saxophone Quartet. She will be releasing her duo album, duality, with pianist Catherine Anderson later this year. Sielert is a Selmer Performing Artist and Clinician.


Raphael Silva

Raphael Ferreira is a Brazilian saxophonist, composer and arranger. Between projects as a soloist or co-leader, he has released eight albums. As an instrumentalist, Ferreira is part of the Latin Grammy Award-winning Hermeto Pascoal Big Band. In collaborations or as a sideman, he has worked with Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Arismar do Espírito Santo, Phil DeGreg, Letieres Leite and Rosa Passos, having toured South and North Americas, Europe and Morocco. As a composer, he received the Nascente award (USP/Brazil) in 2006. 

Raphael Ferreira earned Master (2009) and Doctorate (2016) degrees in music by State University of Campinas/Brazil (Unicamp), and holds a Bachelor of Music degree by University of São Paulo/Brazil (USP). Currently, Ferreira lives in Denton/TX where he is a Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar at the Division of Jazz Studies of University of North Texas; he is also an Associate Professor at Institute of Arts of Federal University of Uberlandia/Brazil.

Uday Singh

Uday Singh, originally from San Jose, California, is in the fourth year of his saxophone performance degree under Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin at the Eastman School of Music. Uday has been a member of a variety of ensembles during his time at Eastman, including the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Wind Orchestra, Jazz Lab Band, and Saxophone Project. Uday is also dedicated to sharing music with new audiences and has frequently performed in local venues such as schools, libraries, and hospitals across the country. Uday is the recent first prize winner of the 2019 Empire State Collegiate Solo Competition, in addition to being a featured soloist with the Saratoga High School Symphony Orchestra. He has had the honor of studying with SSG Douglas O'Connor, Vincent David, Dr. John Sampen, Dr. Nathan Nabb, and Dr. Frederick L. Hemke.

Jessica Small

Consisting of only graduate students, the Saxophone Quartet of the University of Florida (SQUF) is in its premier year. Jessica Small, Joseph Davis, Noah Graben, and Mia Gazley each hold graduate assistant positions at UF and are greatly involved with teaching saxophone and conducting, both at the university and within the community. With the guidance of Dr. Jonathan Helton, SQUF strives to play challenging standards in the classical saxophone repertoire, as well as new music. 

Thomas Smialek

Thomas Smialek is Professor of Music & Integrative Arts at The Pennsylvania State University, Hazleton. His research interests include the early history of the saxophone and the use of technology in music instruction. He has presented and performed at meetings of the North American Saxophone Alliance, The College Music Society, the Association for Technology in Music Instruction, the American Musicological Society, and the Twelfth World Saxophone Congress. Publications have appeared in The Saxophone Symposium, Saxophone Journal, Journal of Research in Music Education, and Journal of Technology in Music Learning. He and L. A. Logrande developed the educational software Active Listening Tools for publisher CengageLearning’s music appreciation textbook Listening to Music by Craig Wright. Smialek produced NASA’s compact disc of historical recordings The Saxophone Craze. He has been a member of The Saxophone Symposium’s editorial board since 1994 and was editor from 1997-2004.

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Peter Sommer

Since establishing himself among the Denver area’s elite jazz musicians, Peter Sommer has contributed his energetic saxophone playing and creative spirit to a wide variety of musical projects ranging from mainstream bebop to avant garde and beyond at venues across the nation and around the world. Peter has performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and has been a featured jazz soloist at North American Saxophone Alliance Regional and Biennial Conferences.  He has also performed at IAJE International Conferences in Anaheim and Toronto, Canada, and has performed at World Saxophone Congresses in Spain, Thailand, Scotland, and France. He has also released five albums as a leader, most recently Narrando Historias (2015) on Dazzle Recordings, and Happy-Go-Lucky Locals (2017) featuring his Septet. Peter Sommer is Associate Professor of Jazz Studies and Saxophone at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins.


Benjamin Sorrell

Dr. Benjamin Sorrell is Lecturer in Saxophone and Chamber Music at California State University, Northridge, maintains a large private studio, and regularly coaches at schools in the US and Japan. Performances include Daegu International Contemporary Music Festival in South Korea, Monday Evening Concert Series, The Stone, University of Colorado at Boulder’s Pendulum New Music Series, and performs regularly with S-Tet Saxophone Quartet and San Diego Symphony. He holds degrees from the University of Southern California and New England Conservatory, and currently resides in Los Angeles and performs regularly as soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician, exploring repertoire ranging from the baroque to contemporary, and has commissioned or premiered more than 20 new works for the saxophone.


Joseph Spence

Saxophonist, composer, educator, Joseph David Spence has made a name as an advocate for the saxophone in the concert hall and in his own compositions. His teachers include some of the most respected saxophonists in America: Carrie Koffman, Christopher Bartz, and John Hallberg. He has also participated in several national saxophone conferences working closely with highly esteemed saxophonists: Timothy McAllister, James Umble, and Marco Albonetti. Spence’s musicianship has also earned him esteem in competitions having won first place in the MTNA Chamber Music Competition for the states of California and Connecticut, the MTNA Young Artist Competition for the state of Connecticut, and second place for the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra’s Instrumental Competition.


Spence is pursuing his Dual Master's Degree in Saxophone Performance and Composition at The Hartt School, and currently holds a Bachelor of Music degree from California State University, Fullerton.

 

            For more information, go to www.josephdavidspence.com. 



Joseph Spence

Saxophonist, composer, educator, Joseph David Spence has made a name as an advocate for the saxophone in the concert hall and in his own compositions. A native of Southern California, Spence has studied with some of the most respected saxophonists in America: Carrie Koffman, Christopher Bartz, and John Hallberg. He has also participated in several national saxophone conferences working closely with highly esteemed saxophonists: Timothy McAllister, James Umble, and Marco Albonetti. Spence’s musicianship has also earned him esteem in competitions having won first place in the MTNA Chamber Music Competition for the states of California and Connecticut, the MTNA Young Artist Competition for the state of Connecticut, and second place for the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra’s Instrumental Competition.

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David Stambler

 

David Stambler

Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, saxophonist David Stambler is a veteran of thousands of professional performances – classical recitals, jazz, appearances as a symphonic soloist, and “on-call” engagements with many orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony, the Annapolis Symphony, the Bay Atlantic Symphony, the Richmond Symphony, the National Gallery Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony, and others. He has recorded with Baltimore Symphony, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the capitol quartet and has played clarinet and saxophone on dozens of nationally broadcast radio and television commercials and soundtracks in the U.S.

Stambler received his Bachelor of Music degree in saxophone from The University of Michigan, where he was a student of Donald Sinta. He holds the Master of Music degree from the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, and the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland.  He is currently Professor of Saxophone at Penn State University.


Erik Steighner

Praised by the Tacoma News Tribune for his “effortless lyricism” as well as his “smooth tone and fluid virtuosity,” saxophonist Erik Steighner has performed with ensembles including the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Federal Way Symphony, the Northwest Sinfonietta, the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony, and Symphony Tacoma. Steighner has served on the faculty of Texas State University and currently teaches at Pacific Lutheran University and Tacoma Community College. He is also on faculty at the University of Puget Sound Community Music Department and is founder and conductor of the South Sound Saxophone Ensemble. Steighner holds bachelor’s degrees in music and English from the University of Puget Sound and master’s and doctoral degrees in saxophone performance from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a Conn-Selmer artist and plays on Selmer Paris saxophones and mouthpieces.


Andrew Steinberg

Saxophonist and conductor Andrew R. Steinberg has been recognized for his “beautiful tone” as well as his “astute and refined leadership” throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. A graduate of New England Conservatory's DMA program, Dr. Steinberg has lectured and presented classes at Boston University, Memorial University, Georgia State University, Brookline Adult & Community Education, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The scope of his research has focused on topics including The Life of Adolphe Sax, The Saxophone in the Weimar Republic, Historically Informed Performance Practice of the Saxophone Repertoire, and The “Raschèrian” Approach.


Dr. Steinberg serves as the Director of Wind Studies at San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, Artist-Faculty at Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts, and is Founder and Music Director of the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra.


Andrew Steinberg

Saxophonist and conductor Andrew R. Steinberg has been recognized for his “beautiful tone” as well as his “astute and refined leadership” throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. As a concertizing soloist and the Music Director of the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra, Dr. Steinberg has sought to perform needlessly neglected works from the repertoire alongside music by today’s composers. An advocate of music that challenges popular conceptions of the saxophone, his performances focus on works that highlight the “Sound-of-Sax” in ways never heard before, particularly in terms of timbre and aesthetic approach.


Andrew R. Steinberg serves as the Director of Wind Studies at San Diego School of the Creative and Performing Arts, Artist-Faculty at Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts, and is Founder and Music Director of the Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra.



Clay Steiner

Woodwind Specialist Clay Steiner is dedicated to exploring the endless possibilities of music in today’s society. Clay is an advocate for Milwaukee’s diverse musical scene extending into classical, jazz, contemporary, and pop genres, always searching for ways to push the boundaries. Clay is a frequent on-call saxophonist in the area with, notably, the Milwaukee Jazz Orchestra, and Present Music. He also enjoys working with composers and various chamber ensembles including Intrepid Quartet, Canary Reeds, and SmaX Duo. In addition to his dedication to performance, Clay is an enthusiastic music educator. He teaches lessons both privately and at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts. Clay Steiner is pursuing a degree in Multiple Woodwinds Performance at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. At UW-Milwaukee, Clay has experienced success in a variety of ensembles and was runner-up of the 2018 wind ensemble concerto competition. He currently studies applied saxophone with Dr. Nicki Roman. 


Jonathan Steltzer

Jonathan Steltzer is a Senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music education at Kennesaw State University (KSU) under the study of Sam Skelton and performs with the Atlanta Wind Symphony, KSU Wind and Jazz Ensemble 1, and the World Youth Wind Orchestra in Schladming, Austria. He is a winner of the Ronald Sachs International Music Competition, winner of the KSU Concerto Competition performing John Mackey’s Soprano Sax Concerto with wind ensemble, 2nd place in the virtuoso category for the Samuel Fordis Young Artist Concerto Competition, honorable mention at the International Woodwind Duo Symposium, finalist with the North American Saxophone Alliance Competition, Finalist for the Rome Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and featured as a soloist with the KSU Percussion Ensemble. Jonathan performed solo recitals at the American Single Reed Summit, North American Saxophone Alliance conference and at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research.

Jonathan Steltzer

Jonathan Steltzer is a Senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music education at Kennesaw State University (KSU) under the study of Sam Skelton and performs with the Atlanta Wind Symphony, KSU Wind and Jazz Ensemble 1, and the World Youth Wind Orchestra in Schladming, Austria. He is a winner of the Ronald Sachs International Music Competition, winner of the KSU Concerto Competition performing John Mackey’s Soprano Sax Concerto with wind ensemble, 2nd place in the virtuoso category for the Samuel Fordis Young Artist Concerto Competition, honorable mention at the International Woodwind Duo Symposium, finalist with the North American Saxophone Alliance Competition, Finalist for the Rome Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and featured as a soloist with the KSU Percussion Ensemble. Jonathan performed solo recitals at the American Single Reed Summit, North American Saxophone Alliance conference and at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research.

Scotty Stepp

During 2001-2003 Mr. Stepp was granted a Fulbright Fellowship and a Harriet Hale Wooley scholarship to study in Paris, France, under the direction of acclaimed saxophonist Jean-Yves Fourmeau. Mr. Stepp has been a visiting adjunct faculty saxophone instructor at Indiana University,  Indiana State University, and Millikin University. Scotty completed his Master of Arts in Saxophone Performance at Bowling Green State University under the tutelage of Dr. John Sampen. He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana State University where he studied with Dr. Paul Bro. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at DePauw University and University of Indianapolis.

Mr. Stepp has performed throughout the United States, Europe and China. Most notable are performances at the United States Embassy in Paris, France, selected performer at the German-American Fulbright Program's 50th anniversary conference in Berlin, Germany and performances in Greece, Cyprus, and Italy.



Benjamin Still

Originally from Raleigh, NC, Ben Still is an active solo and chamber musician throughout the United States. Currently, he serves on the faculties of UNC Charlotte and Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he teaches applied saxophone and chamber music, as well as courses in music theory and ear training. Dr. Still has been a prizewinner in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, The American Prize Competition, and ENKOR Competition. Additionally, he has presented clinics and performances at the International Saxophone Symposium, Texas Music Educators Association and North American Saxophone Alliance annual conferences. Dr. Still earned his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from Texas Tech University and a Bachelor of Music with honors from UNC Charlotte. His primary teachers include David Dees, Stephen Jones, Will Campbell, and Wayne Leechford. Dr. Still is a Conn-Selmer Artist/Clinician and performs on Selmer Paris saxophones exclusively.


ERIC Stults

Eric Stults is from Moore, Oklahoma and has studied, been in masterclasses, and taken lessons with many great saxophonists including Tommy Poole, David Detweiler, Jeffery Loeffert, Katherine Weintraub, Jonathon Nichol, Geoffrey Deibel, Vincent David, Zach Shemon, Stephen Page, David Dees, Chris Creviston, and Joe Luloff. As a soloist, Eric has played with the Oklahoma State Symphony Orchestra and won the 2018 Music Teacher National Association young artist competition in the state of Florida. Eric has played in several conferences and competitions throughout his time at Oklahoma State and Florida State including the Navy band saxophone symposium conference, the Oklahoma State single reed summit, the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial quartet competition finals, American Single Reed Summit, Oklahoma Music Educators Association, The Midwest Clinic,  the regional North American Saxophone Alliance conference, and The Music Teachers National Association Chamber music competition finals. 


Yo-yo SU

Yo-yo Su is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts & the University of Melbourne in Australia, the conservatories of Montpellier & Versailles in France where he completed his D.E.M and Perfectionnement degrees, and at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam & the Netherlands String Quartet Academy in The Netherlands where he earned his bachelor degree as well as his master's degree in both saxophone and chamber music. 

Laureate of numerous national and international competitions for solo and chamber music, Yo-yo is a founding member of the Ardemus Quartet based in Amsterdam and can be heard on the Cobra Records label.

Since August 2019, he has joined the saxophone class at the University of Iowa to complete his DMA degree under the guidance of Dr. kenneth Tse supported by the Iowa Performance Fellowship. 


Taimur Sullivan

­­Taimur Sullivan is Associate Professor of Saxophone at Northwestern University, and a member of the acclaimed PRISM Quartet for 26 years. His performances have taken him from the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Knitting Factory, to engagements in Russia, China, England, Germany, and throughout Latin America. He has garnered critical praise as "outstanding...his melodies phrased as if this were an old and cherished classic, his virtuosity supreme" (New York Times), and as a player of "dazzling proficiency" (American Record Guide).  Mr. Sullivan has dedicated much of his career to commissioning new repertoire for the saxophone, and has given the world premieres of over 250 solo and chamber works. Mr. Sullivan has performed with orchestras nationwide, including the Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and has conducted residencies at leading conservatories throughout the United States including at the Curtis Institute and Princeton, Rice and Brandeis Universities.


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Matthew Swallow

Dr. Matthew James Swallow is an Adjunct Professor/Lecture in Music at Alderson Broaddus University teaching applied lessons and coaching chamber ensembles.  As a professional saxophonist, Dr. Swallow is also highly proficient on clarinet, flute, and the electronic wind instrument. He has earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Saxophone Performance (Magna Cum Laude) from Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania and Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from Miami University, Ohio. Dr. Swallow recently completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at West Virginia University studying with Michael Ibrahim.  His previous teachers include: Jeremy Long, Terry Steele, Chris Hemmingway, Varden Armstrong, and Will Jordan. For more information, please visit his website: www.mattswallow.com.


Matthew Taylor

Dr. Matthew Taylor, educational philosopher, humorist, bon vivant, conductor, arts advocate, public speaker, and hair mousse enthusiast, is Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Central Arkansas. As a teacher, he enjoys working with students of all levels, and prior to his university appointments, taught public school and private saxophone studios in several major American cities. He serves on the board of ArkMEA as Innovations Chair.

His doctorate from Frost School of Music is in Saxophone Performance with a cognate in Jazz Studies; he also completed study at the Conservatoire de Bordeaux in Southwestern France, The University of Maryland, and The University of Central Arkansas Schedler Honors College. His has studied with Dale Underwood, Gary Keller, Marie-Bernadette Charrier, and Jackie Lamar.

Matthew is an artist/clinician for the Conn Selmer Corporation, and performs exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones. For more information, please visit his website at www.matthew-taylor.co


Bobbi Thompson

Bobbi Thompson has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in North America and Israel, and currently serves as Assistant Professor of saxophone at Western University in London, Ontario. She has performed with a wide range of organizations including London Symphonia (Canada), International Symphony Orchestra (Canada/US), Magisterra Soloists, Irving Symphony Orchestra, Plano Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Wind Orchestra, Grand Theatre (Canada), Drayton Entertainment, and the world-famous University of North Texas Lab Bands. Bobbi serves on the Editorial Board of The Saxophone Symposium. She previously taught saxophone and chamber music at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She holds degrees and certificates from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Bowling Green State University, the University of North Texas, and the University of Idaho. Her research focuses on the saxophone music of American composer Marilyn Shrude. She is a Conn-Selmer Artist and performs on Selmer Paris saxophones. 

Jack Thorpe

Saxophonist Jack Thorpe is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance and literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Thorpe holds a B.M. in saxophone performance from Georgia State University where he was the recipient of the Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award and an M.M. in saxophone performance from Stephen F. Austin State University where he was the saxophone studio teaching assistant. As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed throughout the United States and Japan and has been featured as a concerto soloist with Georgia State University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble,  Stephen F. Austin State University's Symphonic Orchestra, and the Univeristy of Illinois's Wind Symphony. As the alto chair in the Akira Quartet, he has premiered and recorded music by composers Stephen Wood and Matthew Quayle. Thorpe’s main teachers include Jan Berry Baker, Nathan Nabb, and Debra Richtmeyer with additional study under Frederick L. Hemke.

 


Douglas Tiller

Douglas Tiller is a multi-instrumentalist hailing from Athens, Georgia. Active throughout the Piedmont region, Douglas has taught various woodwinds in high schools around Atlanta and has performed in Athens area festivals. As a member of the Centennial Quartet and Augmented Triad, he and his colleagues have placed in the MTNA Georgia and Southern Divisions Chamber Competitions and the Georgia State University Honors Recital, in addition to presenting at the International Navy Band Saxophone Symposium. Eager to make new music, Douglas regularly collaborates with composers on solo and chamber projects


Douglas is currently working on his Bachelor of Music at Georgia State University under the guidance of Jan Berry Baker. He has performed in masterclasses for renowned artists such as Gerard McChrystal, Carrie Koffman, and Roomful of Teeth. Through the Snow Pond Music Festival, he has had the opportunity to study further with Gail B. Levinsky, John Sampen, and Frederick L. Hemke.


Carlos Tinoco

Jeremy Brown is an author, saxophonist/woodwind specialist, conductor and composer.  He was the lead compiler of the Royal Conservatory of Music Saxophone Series (2011 and author of The Wind Band Music of Henry Cowell (Routledge 2018)


Michael Rene Torres

Saxophonist, composer, educator, and curator, Michael Rene Torres, currently serves as Lecturer of Saxophone at The Ohio State University, Lecturer of Saxophone and Composition at Muskingum University, and teaches saxophone at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He is the Artistic Director of the Columbus Ohio Discovery Ensemble; a 501(c)3 nonprofit contemporary music ensemble in Central Ohio. Additionally, Michael is an Advisory Board member of the Johnstone Fund for New Music which advances the performance of new music for the benefit of Central Ohio. A winner of the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for Composition and the Greater Columbus Arts Council Composition Fellowship, Michael’s compositional interests are in chamber music that explores the juxtaposition of consonance and dissonance and is often inspired by psychology and poetry. He is an active chamber musician as a member of the flute/saxophone duet, Tower Duo and is a Conn-Selmer Endorsing Artist.

Matthew Tracy

Saxophonist Matthew Tracy is Assistant Professor of Music at SWOSU, teaching Music Theory and Saxophone. He has performed as guest artist and clinician across the United States and has won awards in the Fischoff, Plowman, Coleman, MTNA and North American Saxophone Alliance chamber music competitions.

As a student at Michigan State University, Tracy was awarded the College of Music’s highest honor, being selected as a winner of the Honors Concerto Competition. He has also performed as a soloist with the MSU Symphony Orchestra on Mussorgsy’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and as a soloist with the Holland (MI) Symphony.

An advocate for new music, Tracy has premiered new pieces for saxophone by composers such as Reynold Simpson, Phillip Sink, Justin Rito, Curtis Smith, and Andy Francis. Tracy holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Central Michigan University, and Masters and Doctoral degrees from Michigan State University, studying with John Nichol and Joseph Lulloff.


Eric Troiano

The Viridian Saxophone Quartet, comprised of members Casey Grev, Madeline Morizio, Kyle Landry, and Eric Troiano, was formed in 2015 with the goal of presenting exciting performance of new and standard works for saxophone quartet. The quartet has been invited as the featured guest artist for the 2018 and 2019 University of Arkansas Summer Music Camp, presenting performances, lectures, and masterclasses for students all across Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Texas. Members of the Viridian Saxophone Quartet have received prizes in the Coleman, Fischoff, and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Chamber Music Competitions, and in March of 2016 they won the 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Quartet Competition. The quartet also maintains an active schedule of outreach workshops, giving recitals and masterclasses at many high schools and universities around the country.


Eric Troiano

Eric Troiano joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas in the fall of 2016. He maintains an active teaching and performing career as a soloist and chamber musician. He has been a guest artist at numerous institutions. As a member of the Viridian Saxophone Quartet, he performs regularly across the country and has won top prizes in many competitions. As an accomplished baritone saxophonist, Eric has pioneered many solo and chamber works for the instrument. He is creating a pedagogical method for the baritone saxophone that utilizes the compositions of J.S. Bach to teach techniques of playing the instrument. Eric received a BM in music education and saxophone performance from Ithaca College, and a MM and DMA in saxophone performance from Michigan State University. His primary teachers include Joseph Lulloff and Steven Mauk. Eric is a Conn-Selmer artist.


Kenneth Tse

Iowa Saxophonists' Workshop is directed by Dr. Kenneth Tse and involves select students from the saxophone studio playing sopranino through bass saxophones. The ensemble performs music of a variety of styles and difficulties and at times accompanies guest soloists. A public concert is given at the end of each school year. Besides local performances, the ensemble has also been featured at various regional and national conferences such as the Iowa Bandmasters Conference, North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference and the Midwest Clinic. The members are also veterans in solo and chamber music and have garnered national recognition through competitions, performances, and recordings. In summer of 2016, the ensemble embarked on its first Asian concert tour to Hong Kong and Chengdu.


James Umble

James Umble is an internationally recognized soloist, teacher, and chamber musician. He is Professor at Youngstown (Ohio) State University. 

He has appeared extensively in his trio "The Cleveland Duo and James Umble" with Carolyn and Stephen Warner of The Cleveland Orchestra. He has appeared in The Cleveland Orchestra under Pierre Boulez, David Zinman, Franz Welser Most, and others.   

In 2017 Umble was Guest Artist Faculty member at the American Saxophone Institute . He was Guest Artist at the ClariSax Fest (Medellin, Colombia).

The 2nd Edition of Umble's book "Jean-Marie Londeix, Master of The Modern Saxophone" is at the publisher, a standard text worldwide. Umble's DMA is from The University of Michigan (Donald Sinta), a Masters from Bowling Green  (John Sampen) and First Prize from The Conservatory of Bordeaux (Jean-Marie Londeix).

The Cleveland Plain Dealer noted "James Umble must be one of the most elegant exponents of his instrument...he was virtuosic in every way".


Brian Utley

Brian Utley is Senior Lecturer in Saxophone and Coordinator of Chamber Music at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music.  He is a regular recitalist at regional and conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance, and has performed at multiple NACUSA conferences, World Saxophone Congresses, and U.S. Navy Band International Saxophone Symposia.  As an advocate of new music, Utley has premiered works by noted composers including David Froom, Leonard Mark Lewis, Stephen Lias, Lidiuno Pitombeira, and William Price.  His first solo recording Characters, which features 21st-century works by American composers, is available from Mark Records.

Utley holds degrees from Louisiana State University Murray State University, and his primary saxophone teachers include Griffin Campbell and Scott Erickson. Previously, he served as Associate Professor of Saxophone at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.  Utley is an endorsing artist for Légère Signature Series Reeds.


Jordan VanHemert

Dr. Jordan VanHemert is a Michigan-based saxophonist and composer. VanHemert is an active performer in both the classical and jazz realms. A champion of new music, VanHemert actively commissions and performs works by living composers from underrepresented backgrounds. An active composer himself, Dr. VanHemert's creative work includes fulfilling commissions for chamber groups and jazz ensembles all over the country. 

A committed educator, VanHemert is frequently invited to serve as an adjudicator and clinician for jazz festivals around the country. VanHemert holds degrees from the Central Michigan University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. VanHemert is currently on the faculty of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, teaching Applied Saxophone, Survey of Jazz, and directing the Jazz Arts Collective, Hope College's flagship jazz ensemble. Dr. VanHemert is a Vandoren Artist-Clinician and performs on Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces exclusively.

Rick VanMatre

Rick VanMatre has presented exploratory solo recitals and jazz club performances in the US, Europe, Israel, Brazil, and Asia. In addition to recording his own quintet with original compositions, he has recorded with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony, PsychoAcoustic Orchestra, and performed with such diverse artists as the Duke Ellington and Woody Herman orchestras, Roland Vazquez, John McNeil, Tim Hagans, concert:nova, and James Conlon’s Linton Series. He has commissioned five classical/jazz hybrid concerti and performed them with the New York Repertory Orchestra, Sichuan Symphony Orchestra (China), JeJu Orchestra (South Korea), Illinois Philharmonic, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and others. He is Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Saxophone and Jazz at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he was Director of Jazz Studies from 1983-2010. He has written for Saxophone Journal and served as Jazz Coordinator for NASA. VanMatre is an endorsing artist for Selmer Saxophones and D’Addario Reeds.


Emily Verschoor-Kirss

Emily Verschoor-Kirss is a Nashville-based saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist who has developed into a highly motivated, contemporary-minded performer. She displays an intense drive towards furthering the role of the saxophone in every genre of music.

MM: Performance (LSU) and a BA: Music Education/Hispanic Studies (Connecticut College).

As she continues pursuit in developing all aspects of saxophone performance, she maintains a deep-seated passion for personal artistic development and growth. She hopes to build a foundation upon which the saxophone becomes a regularly used instrument in the popular and commercial music industries.

Emily holds a chair in the award-winning Music City Big Band, operates as a bandleader for emerging jazz combo Marmalade, and collaborates with several Nashville recording artists.

Equally passionate about education, Emily currently serves as the Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at Middle Tennessee State University and maintains a busy schedule as a teacher and guest clinician.


Jessica Voigt-Page

Inspired by careers and lifestyles of colleagues in and outside of music, Jessica Voigt-Page has dedicated the latest part of her career to exploring ways in which young musicians can establish themselves in the world.

This exploration has led Jessica to experience a wide range of opportunities, and to pursue unique paths throughout her career. Currently, these include teaching saxophone and music entrepreneurship at Baylor University, coordinating Longhorn Summer Music Camps at UT-Austin, Directing Saxophone Academy Austin, and holding an active consulting and blog presence through the Abundant Musician Project.  

Jessica is serving as President-elect of NASA, is a mentor for young women in music, and as an active performing artist, has been sharing her “sillage” project online and around Texas. Jessica is on the advisory board for the Elise Hall Compeitions for Emerging Saxophonists, is a Yamaha Performing Artist, D’Addario Woodwinds artist, Key Leaves artist and Beaumont Music Artist.


Jessica Voigt-Page

Inspired by careers and lifestyles of colleagues in and outside of music, Jessica Voigt-Page has dedicated the latest part of her career to exploring ways in which young musicians can establish themselves in the world.

This exploration has led Jessica to experience a wide range of opportunities, and to pursue unique paths throughout her career. Currently, these include teaching saxophone and music entrepreneurship at Baylor University, coordinating Longhorn Summer Music Camps at UT-Austin, Directing Saxophone Academy Austin, and holding an active consulting and blog presence through the Abundant Musician Project. 

Jessica is serving as President-elect of NASA, is a mentor for young women in music, and as an active performing artist, has been sharing her “sillage” project online and around Texas. Jessica is on the advisory board for the Elise Hall Compeitions for Emerging Saxophonists, is a Yamaha Performing Artist, D’Addario Woodwinds artist, Key Leaves artist and Beaumont Music Artist.


Katherine von Bernthal

 

Dylan Ward

Praised by Classical Voice of North Carolina as “brilliant…interacting with keen enthusiasm,” Dylan Ward is a Kansas City based saxophonist who specializes in contemporary music and interdisciplinary collaborations. Ward has appeared as a soloist with the North Carolina Symphony, Georgia Philharmonic, Raleigh Symphony, and Jackson Heights Orchestra, and as a chamber musician in venues such as Lincoln Center, Constellation Chicago, and Mesa Arts Center.
 

Ward is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, where he serves as the graduate teaching assistant for the saxophone studio and studies with Zach Shemon. Additionally, Ward has received degrees from Michigan State University, where he served as a graduate assistant to Joseph Lulloff, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied with Taimur Sullivan and was a recipient of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Excellence Award, the school’s most prestigious honor. 


John Wardlaw

The Paradosis Duo consists of US Navy Fleet Forces saxophonist Cameron Clements and Kansas City-based saxophonist John Wardlaw. Clements and Wardlaw began performing together while students at Baylor University in fall of 2017. Originally beginning as members of the Parallax Quartet, Cameron and John then performed as soprano and alto saxophonists of the Paradosis Quartet (consisting of Clements, Cole Allex, USN Fleet Forces saxophonist Chandler Davis, and Wardlaw) during a tour of central Texas in summer of 2018. Clements and Wardlaw reunited as the Paradosis Duo to premiere the transcription of Patrick Lenz's Internal and External Martial Arts at the 2019 Nasa Region IV conference in Fayetteville, AR. Clements holds a BM/BME from Lousiana State University and a MM in Saxophone Performance from Baylor University. Wardlaw holds a BM from Baylor University and is in progress on a MM from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. 

Michael Warner

Michael Warner received his education from Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio. He is an accomplished performer and freelance musician in and around the Phoenix area. He is the founder and soprano saxophonist with the Desert Wind Saxophone Quartet. Mr. Warner has been a contributing writer to the Saxophone Journal. His works are published with G. Schirmer and Desert Wind Publications. He also has recently formed the Deer Valley Unified School District Saxophone Orchestra that includes students from all five district high schools. He held the position of Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Jazz Bands at Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, Arizona, 2007-2018. Currently he holds the position of Associtate Director of Bands and Director of Jazz Bands at Boulder Creek High School in Anthem, Arizona. In addition to his duties at Boulder Creek High School, Mr. Warner teaches saxophone and clarinet from his studio in Glendale, Arizona.

Mark Watkins

=      Mark Watkins is the author of the revelutionary book, From the Inside Out. He has performed in 20+ countries as a soloist and in professional ensembles including the saxophone quartet FOUR. His compositions have received much praise and are carried by Walrus, Jazz Lines, FOURjazz, Dorn, and Roncorp/Northeastern. Watkins has produced nine albums, with his latest, FOUR: There You Go Thinking Again, a collaboration with the Miami, Zagreb, Saxitude, Richard Ingham, and Utah saxophone quartets. He holds a doctorate in five woodwinds from Indiana University and has studied saxophone with C. Raymond Smith, Eugene Rousseau, Daniel Deffayet, and Yushi Ishiwata. In 1994, Dr. Watkins was offered a position in the US Army Field Band, but visual disability prevented his enlistment. Watkins has published in journals including The Saxophone Symposium and JAZZed Magazine. He is currently Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at Brigham Young University–Idaho.


Brent Weber

Saxophonist Brent Weber has enjoyed a diverse musical journey as performer and educator. After earning degrees in saxophone performance from Southern Oregon University (BA) and University of Georgia (MM) Dr. Weber joined the faculty as Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in the capitol of China’s Sichuan province, Chengdu. After two incredible years teaching and freelancing in Southwest China, Dr. Weber returned to the U.S. to pursue his Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Georgia. From 2009-2012 he had the opportunity to study with teachers Kenneth Fischer, Eugene Rousseau, Joseph Wytko, and Connie Frigo. 

Dr. Weber is currently Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Saxophone in the Department of Music at Frostburg State University in Western Maryland where in addition to maintaining the saxophone and bassoon studios he also coordinates the jazz studies program.


Brent Weber

Saxophonist Brent Weber has enjoyed a diverse musical journey as performer and educator. After earning degrees in saxophone performance from Southern Oregon University (BA) and University of Georgia (MM) Dr. Weber joined the faculty as Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in the capitol of China’s Sichuan province, Chengdu. After two incredible years teaching and freelancing in Southwest China, Dr. Weber returned to the U.S. to pursue his Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Georgia. From 2009-2012 he had the opportunity to study with teachers Kenneth Fischer, Eugene Rousseau, Joseph Wytko, and Connie Frigo.

Dr. Weber is currently Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Saxophone in the Department of Music at Frostburg State University in Western Maryland where in addition to maintaining the saxophone and bassoon studios he also coordinates the jazz studies program.


Oscar Wei

Oscar Wei (soprano sax), is a Senior at Plano West Senior High School. Mr.Wei is a two-year Texas All-State Musician and has participated/performed at the Great Plains Saxophone Workshop in the summer of 2019. He has also performed at the NASA Region 4 Conference both as a chamber and solo musician. 

Sahil Mane (alto sax), is a Senior at Reedy High School. Mr.Mane is a Texas All-State Musician and performed at the NASA Region 4 Conference both as a chamber and solo musician. 

Shea Nolen (tenor sax), is a Junior at Richardson High School. Mr.Nolen performed at the NASA Region 4 Conference both as a chamber musician. 

Jaeden Quilca (baritone sax), is a Junior at Lake Highlands High School. Mr.Quilca has participated/performed at the Great Plains Saxophone Workshop in the summer of 2019. He has also performed at the NASA Region 4 Conference both as a chamber musician. 


J. Michael Weiss-Holmes

J. MICHAEL WEISS-HOLMES is a talented solo and chamber musician who “… is one of the rising young saxophone stars in the United States” (Saxophone Journal). Dr. Weiss-Holmes has received international acclaim as an orchestral saxophonist, and has performed as principal saxophonist with numerous orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Weiss-Holmes has worked with such renown conductors as Riccardo Muti, Jaap van Zweden, Leonard Slatkin, David Robertson, Michael Tilson Thomas, Stéphane Denève, and Marin Alsop. Dr. Weiss-Holmes is the Head of Woodwinds and Artist-Teacher of Saxophone at Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA). He was previously on faculty at the University of Illinois, the College of Wooster, and the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Weiss-Holmes is the Marketing Director for the North American Saxophone Alliance. www.michaelweissholmes.com  

Lindsey Welp

 

Tessa Welterlen

      Tessa Rae graduated in May of 2014 from the University of New Mexico with her Master of Music degree in Saxophone Performance, under the tutelage of Dr. Eric Lau. Experienced in jazz, contemporary, and classical music, Tessa has performed at several NASA conferences, and abroad in Brazil, France, and Germany.

      She is a graduate of the University of Iowa, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance and Music Education with Dr. Kenneth Tse. Tessa has also had the opportunity to study with teachers including Glenn Kostur, Dr. Eugene Rousseau, and Dr. Thomas Liley.

      Tessa Rae is the saxophone instructor at Chemeketa Community College and Corban University in Salem, Oregon. She teaches a private saxophone studio, and is an educator in jazz and beginning band. She performs regularly with the Eugene Composer’s Big Band, the Salem Little Big Band, and BossSax duo with her husband, Sam Reid.


George Weremchuk

George Weremchuk, has been Professor of Saxophone at the University of Central Florida since 1998. He has performed and recorded with such diverse groups as the New World Symphony, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, and the Sam Rivers Rivbea Orchestra. He regularly performs with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, and the Orlando Jazz Orchestra. He toured Europe extensively with the Broadway musical “Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies”. His degrees are from the University of Miami (DMA), Indiana University (MM) and the University of Massachusetts (BME).


Kendra Wheeler

Kendra Wheeler, from Chicago, Illinois, has recently received her Master of Music degree in saxophone performance under Preston Duncan from the University of Minnesota where she also received her Bachelor of Music Education degree under Eugene Rousseau. She has been an active advocate for music education, as well as, for the inclusion, visibility, and engagement of the underrepresented within the composition, performance, and academic disciplines within classical music. Wheeler has been the recipient of numerous scholarships, grants, and awards including prizes from PanAmerican International Saxophone Competition, North International Music Competition, Thursday Musical, Vandoren Emerging Artist, and Downbeat Magazine. Wheeler began her Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree at Michigan State University under the study of Joseph Lulloff in the fall of 2018.

Arthur White

Central Coast Saxophone Quartet is a new saxophone chamber ensemble based in San Luis Obispo, CA. Individually, the members are renowned classical and/or jazz performers, and collectively, have chosen to band together to premiere new works by the members of the ensemble. Dr. Laura Kramer is a lecturer at California Polytechnic State University, teaching saxophone, music theory, and composition. Ron McCarley is the director of jazz studies at Cuesta College. Dave Becker teaches applied saxophone and jazz at both Cal Poly and Cuesta College, and, at Allan Hancock College, teaches theory, recording arts, electronic music and music appreciation. Dr. Arthur White is an Eastman and Jody Jazz saxophone artist, and the director of jazz studies at Cal Poly.


Arthur White

Arthur White, an Eastman and JodyJazz endorsing artist, is the director of jazz studies at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. Prior to his Cal Poly appointment, Dr. White taught at Northeastern State University and the University of Missouri. Recently, Dr. White gave a world premiere of his first long form composition, the suite Pictures of the Heartland, with members of his band, MERGE, as well as the acclaimed vibraphonist Joe Locke, and legendary drummer Peter Erskine. He has been fortunate to write and record for a veritable Who's Who in jazz, including Mike Mainieri, Bob Sheppard, Robin Eubanks, Sean Jones, Jimmy Greene, and Bobby Watson. His debut album, when you find it, is available on ARC Records.

Drew Whiting

Saxophonist Drew Whiting leads a multifaceted career as an educator and performer. His diverse musical interests include the standard concert saxophone repertoire, jazz, transcriptions of borrowed works, commissioning new works, and improvisation.

Drew has established himself as a champion of new and experimental music. He presented the first-ever Performer Curated Concert at the 2017 SEAMUS Conference, and was the featured performer at Electronic Music Midwest in 2019. Drew has also performed at the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium, Ball State University Festival of New Music, Third Practice Festival, SPLICE Festival and Institute, and the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium. 

Drew received his Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees from the Michigan State University where he studied with Joseph Lulloff. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he studied with Debra Richtmeyer. Drew is a proud Yamaha Performing Artist and Vandoren Artist Clinician.


Drew Whiting

Saxophonist Drew Whiting leads a multifaceted career as an educator, performer, and scholar. His diverse musical interests include the standard concert saxophone repertoire, jazz, transcriptions of borrowed works, commissioning new works, and improvisation.

Drew has established himself as a champion of new and experimental music, regularly performing works from the 20th and 21st centuries in solo, chamber, and electroacoustic settings. He presented the first-ever Performer Curated Concert at the 2017 SEAMUS Conference, and was the featured performer at Electronic Music Midwest in 2019. Drew has also performed at the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium, Third Practice Festival, SPLICE Festival and Institute, and the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium.

Drew received his Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees from the Michigan State University. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Drew is a proud Yamaha Performing Artist and Vandoren Artist Clinician.


Ben Whittier

Ben Whittier is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music degree in music performance at the University of Alberta, studying with Dr. William Street. He is a teaching assistant for the University’s Concert Band and different music history and theory courses. Prior to starting at the University of Alberta, Ben earned degrees from the University of the Pacific and the University of Northern Colorado where he studied with Professor David Henderson and Dr. Andrew Dahlke.

 

Highlights from Mr. Whittier’s performing career include performing Ida Gotkovsky’s Saxophone Concerto with the University of Alberta Wind Ensemble and performing and recording Michael Colgrass’ Urban Requiem with the University of Northern Colorado Wind Ensemble. Ben has also premiered new compositions at the 2016 and 2018 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial conferences.

Rachel Wolz

Rachel Wolz is a pursuing a master’s in music degree in Saxophone Performance and a master’s in music degree in Music Theory at the University of Oklahoma (OU), studying saxophone with Dr. Jonathan Nichol. She graduated with honors from Illinois State University (ISU) in 2018 with a double major in Saxophone Performance and Music Composition. She studied saxophone with Dr. Paul Nolen.

     While at ISU, Rachel taught general music at Mulberry School. In 2018, Rachel was a recipient of the Robert G. Bone Scholarship Award, the highest university-wide honor awarded to 14 undergraduate students at ISU every year. Rachel received honorable mention in ISU’s concerto competition in 2018 and received honorable mention in the 2018 Oklahoma MTNA Young Artist Woodwind competition. 

            Rachel has a strong passion for teaching and working with children. Her future goals are teaching higher education saxophone and music theory.


Rachel Wolz

      Rachel Wolz is a pursuing a master’s in music degree in Saxophone Performance and a master’s in music degree in Music Theory at the University of Oklahoma (OU), studying saxophone with Dr. Jonathan Nichol. She graduated with honors from Illinois State University (ISU) in 2018 with a double major in Saxophone Performance and Music Composition. She studied saxophone with Dr. Paul Nolen.

     While at ISU, Rachel taught general music at Mulberry School. In 2018, Rachel was a recipient of the Robert G. Bone Scholarship Award, the highest university-wide honor awarded to 14 undergraduate students at ISU every year. Rachel received honorable mention in ISU’s concerto competition in 2018 and received honorable mention in the 2018 Oklahoma MTNA Young Artist Woodwind competition. 

            Rachel has a strong passion for teaching and working with children. Her future goals are teaching higher education saxophone and music theory.


Zachary Woolhouse

Zach Woolhouse is band director at Hillwood Middle School in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as the owner and operator of The Young Saxophonist's Institute, a summer camp for middle and high school students. 

Mr. Woolhouse graduated from the University of Houston magna cum laude in 2015 and is currently pursuing his masters in music education at Southern Methodist University. While attending UH, he was a member of the UH Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra and Seraphim Saxophone Quartet.

Mr. Woolhouse currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas with his wife Sarah Woolhouse, where they enjoy spending time with family and traveling.

Alastair Wright

Alastair Wright’s playing has been described as “tremendously technical and high flying” (KC Metropolis) and “dulcet-like…with a luminescent sheen” (Classical Voice of North Carolina). His primary teachers include Naomi Sullivan, Christopher Creviston, Taimur Sullivan and Zach Shemon. He currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, and is an endorsing artist for both Conn-Selmer and D’Addario. 

As soloist, Alastair has performed with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra (as finalist in the 5thJean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition), Mid America Freedom Band, the UK-based Thallein Contemporary Ensemble, Convivium Singers, and the Sutton Coldfield Orchestra. In 2018, Alastair performed with PRISM Quartet for two collaborative projects, including the recording of “The Anchoress” by David Ludwig, a new work for saxophone quartet, renaissance ensemble and soprano voice. Recently, Alastair has been researching and performing the music of various cultures around the world.


Wenbo Yin

Wenbo Yin is the saxophone instructor at the CCM Preparatory Department. He is currently pursuing his DMA in saxophone performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Music plays an important role in his life and he is looking forward to bring forth the charisma of it along with other musicians.

Robert Young

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Robert Young

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

Tyler Young

Hailing from Aberdeen, North Carolina, Tyler Young began serious saxophone study as a sophomore in high school. While studying under a prominent clarinetist during his high school years, Tyler found that his love for the saxophone repertoire was heavily paralleled by his love for jazz—specifically the improvisation of melody and harmony in different musical styles. Tyler has studied at several different institutions and music festivals such as the Brevard Music Center and National Music Festival, and with many personalities such as Mr. David Newton, Dr. Xin Gao, Dr. Steven Stusek, Mr. Patrick Meighan, Dr. Katherine Weintraub, and currently, the great Joseph Lulloff. Tyler is currently residing in Lansing, Michigan, pursuing his DMA at Michigan State University.

BA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2012-2014)
BA, Florida State University (2014-2016)
MM, Michigan State University (2017-2019)
DMA, Michigan State University (in progress)


Kristen Zelenak

Kristen Zelenak is an active soloist, chamber musician, and teacher from New Baltimore, Michigan. She has won multiple awards including the Central Michigan University’s 2011 Concerto Competition. 

Ms. Zelenak is an enthusiastic advocate for chamber music. Her groups have won the top prizes at the Coltman Chamber Music Competition (2015, 2019). In 2019, Seyon Quartet was also awarded second place at the MTNA Chamber Music Competition. She has also competed as a quarter and semi finalist in national competitions such as NASA, Fischoff, and MPRIZE.

Ms. Zelenak is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Musical Arts in saxophone performance at Arizona State University. After completing her Masters of Music degree at Michigan State University, she was an Assistant Band Director for two years in Huntsville, TX. She received her Bachelors in Music Education at Central Michigan University. Her teachers include Christopher Creviston, Joseph Lulloff, and John Nichol.


CEHUAI Zhang

Cehuai Zhang comes from Changsha, China. He earned a Bachelor of Saxophone Performance degree at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in China and received Master of Music degree on Saxophone Performance from the University of Northern Iowa. Currently, he is working on D.M.A degree of saxophone performance at the University of North Texas. His teachers include Dr. Eric Nestler, Dr. Ann Bradfield, and Christopher Merz.

He performed at the North American Saxophone Alliance Reginal Conference in 2015 and 2017, and the 2nd Asia Saxophone Congress in Shanghai, 2019. He also has performed with the Wind Ensemble in the UNT, and Symphonic Band in the UNI. Moreover, he has participated in saxophone master classes by Dr. Eugene Rousseau, Prof. Debra Richtmeyer, Dr. Kenneth Tse, and Mr. Arno Bornkamp.


Thomas Zinninger

Originally from Louisville KY, Dr. Thomas Zinninger is an active saxophonist, composer, arranger, and music educator based in the South Texas area. Equally comfortable in a number of styles, his musical experience has ranged from combo and big band jazz to classical chamber and orchestral music. As a soloist, he has premiered new arrangements for the saxophone at the 16th World Saxophone Congress, as well as the 2012, 2014, and 2017 North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences. 

Zinninger is currently the Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Texas A&M University-Kingsville where he oversees the saxophone studio and is the director of the jazz combo program. He has also served on the faculty at Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH and the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in Cincinnati, OH. Zinninger holds a BME from the University of Louisville, and a MM in Jazz Studies and DMA in Saxophone Performance from CCM.


Nicholas Zoulek

“…Zoulek’s performance, on saxophones of every range, is stunningly virtuosic, whatever the genre.” (Wall Street Journal)
Nick Zoulek is a modern artist of “pure mindfulness and talent” (PopMatters). His focus on collaboration, improvisation, and commissioning new works has led to a diverse portfolio of distinctive performances and artistic ventures. As a soloist and composer, Nick’s craft has been lauded as “a no-holds-barred engine of avant-garde exploration,” (Portland Press Herald) with the capacity to “[take] you to other worlds” (Milwaukee Magazine). His current project, Enter Branch, bridges his solo playing and composition with collaborations from members of Bon Iver, Eighth Blackbird, ~nois, Field Report, and more. Nick has served on faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and currently teaches at Oakland University (sabbatical replacement). He holds a DMA in Contemporary Music from Bowling Green State University with additional studies from the CRR de Boulogne-Billancourt and UW-Whitewater. For more information, visit www.nickzoulek.com

Biographies — Ensembles

Andrew Allen

SAGA Quartet is an ensemble dedicated to bringing new works into the world and rediscovering masterworks of the past.  They have performed at the Texas Music Education Association Convention and the North American Saxohone Alliance Region IV Conference.  The group consists of Andrew J. Allen (Georgia College), Matthew Tracy (Southwestern Oklahoma State Uniersity), Gregoy Dewhirst (Tarrant County College, Southeast), and Andy Wright (Grayson College).

Roy Allen, Jr.

Dr. Pam Youngblood, flute - Chair of the Department of Music and Theatre and Co-Coordinator for the School of Arts, teaches graduate and undergraduate flute students, flute pedagogy, flute choir, and a course on women in music.

Youngblood is an active member of the National Flute Association, which she currently serves as General Competitions Coordinator following a five-year term as Professional Flute Choir Coordinator, and the Texas Flute Society.  In addition, she has served as the organist/choir director for St. David of Wales Episcopal Church, Denton, Texas since 1975.Youngblood recently received national recognition as the Phi Kappa Phi Artist for 2016-2018.  

 Jacob Nydegger, piano - is on staff at Texas Woman's University as a collaborative pianist. Mr. Nydegger is a prizewinning classical pianist and recording artist for the London-based record label, Toccata Classics.


Marcus Ballard

Founded in 2010 by flutist Misty Theisen and saxophonist Marc Ballard, Fujin has spent the past decade performing traditional and contemporary music throughout the United States. Facing a limited repertoire for a unique instrumentation, the duo began performing existing works alongside their own transcriptions of classics by Beethoven, Telemann, Reger, and Bach. With a strong desire to expand the available repertoire for flute and saxophone, they quickly set about collaborating with contemporary composers (Stephen Dankner, Neil Anderson-Himmelspach, Michael Young, Wes Flinn, etc.), resulting in over a dozen new works. Fujin is continuing this tradition in its 10th season with the release of their debut album, which will feature the newly commissioned Fujin by Stephanie Berg.


James Barger

Mirasol Duo is comprised of James Barger and Ben Still who first met as graduate students at Texas Tech University and are founding members of the award-winning Mirasol Quartet. Committed to the expansion of the saxophone repertoire, Mirasol Duo's mission focuses on the commissioning or arranging of new saxophone duets by composers familiar with the saxophone, thus allowing the utilization of the instrument's expansive sonic possibilities and extended techniques. Dedicated to educating the next generation of saxophone students, James Barger is currently the Assistant Professor of Saxophone at West Texas A&M University and Ben Still teaches applied saxophone, clarinet, chamber music, music theory, and ear training courses at UNC Charlotte and Lenoir-Rhyne University. James is a D'Addario Performing Artist and James and Ben both proudly endorse Selmer Paris Saxophones and perform on them exclusively.

James Barger

The West Texas A&M University Saxophone Ensemble was first formed in 2015 and is comprised of saxophone students studying at WTAMU under the direction of Dr. James Barger.

chris beaty

DDAT consists of four talented musicians. - Chris Bidtah (vocals), Delbert Anderson (trumpet), Nicholas Lucero (drums) and Mike McCluhan (bass).  All touring artists both nationally and internationally - one impromptu group performance at a festival sparked the fire that has burned across the country and is now known as DDAT.  Music from the quartet has been heard all over the world with features on National Public Radio (NPR), Sirius XM, Indian Country Today, SAY Magazine, Weeky Alibi, and many more.  DDAT tours include several West Coast Tours, Canada's Music is Medicine Tour, Aboriginal Music Week Tour in Canada, and Van's Warped Tour - USA.

Jeffrey Benedict

THE ORION SAXOPHONE QUARTET came into being in 1989, established by Jeff Benedict and Charles Richard. They wanted to form a group based in Los Angeles that would play in the same bold and unapologetic manner they had studied so assiduously under Harvey Pittel. Ken Foerch, a former member of the U.S. Marine Band, and Adrian Williams, a product of Richard’s own studio, proved to be the perfect match in tone quality and musical concept. With a repertoire spanning five centuries, the Orion Saxophone Quartet demonstrates a perpetually robust sonority and superb command of the melodic line. “Mass Transit” is the quartet’s fourth CD – the first three, “The Orion Saxophone Quartet with Harvey Pittel” (Centaur Records) “Musica Latina” (Maroon Creek Music) and “Among Friends” (Tapestry Records), can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, and at music retailers across the United States. 


James Besaw

Purple Quartet is the premier saxophone quartet at Oakland University. Purple Quartet has performed in a masterclass with the world-renowned chamber ensemble, Imani Winds.

David Bixler

David Bixler (saxophone) Ariel Kasler (piano) duo

Colleagues at Bowling Green State University, Bixler and Kasler perform in an intimate duo setting which occupies an under-represented space on the sonic spectrum. Featuring original compositions and arrangements, as well as deconstructed standards, they are in pursuit of beauty in the unconventional.


Nathan Bogert

A native of the Pacific Northwest, pianist Michael Seregow enjoys a multifaceted career as a performer, teacher, clinician, and recording artist. Currently a member of both the music and theatre faculties at Ball State University, he has also served on the keyboard faculties at Washington State University, University of Puget Sound, and University of Oregon.

Having been named a finalist in both solo piano and chamber music for The American Prize, a national competition in the performing arts, Dr. Seregow maintains an active performance career, performing a diverse selection of repertoire spanning from the late renaissance through works by composers of today. A musician of uncommon versatility, Seregow has received formal training in a variety of keyboard instruments other than piano including harpsichord, fortepiano, and organ, in addition to studies in jazz piano, basso continuo, historical performance practice, and composition.


Brina Bourliea

Quartetto Obrigado has performed at conferences in France, Croatia, Illinois, Ohio, Georgia, Texas, and Mississippi. In collaboration with percussionist Gustavo Miranda, Obrigado presented Circling the Square, a work for marimba and saxophone quartet by David Stock, on a featured Keyboard Focus Session Concert at the 2019 PASIC Convention in Indianapolis. In February 2019, they were featured with Red Shift Choir in a performance of Tõnu Kõrvitz’s Hymns from the Western Coast. They were featured performers for the 2018 MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year Phillip Schussler’s Sunburst Carousel, written for the group. Obrigado is: Alumni Professor and Distinguished Professor of Saxophone at Louisiana State University, Griffin Campbell, soprano; Visiting Instructor of Saxophone and Jazz Ensemble Director at Nicholls State University, Taylor Barbay Assad, alto; Gifted and Talented Music Educator in St. Tammany Parish, Jennifer C. Foret, tenor; and Instructor of Saxophone at Southeastern Louisiana University, Brina Bourliea, baritone.

Emily Brewer


Joshua Bryant

Since forming at Texas Tech University in the Fall of 2015, the Aruna Quartet has performed a wide range of traditional and contemporary repertoire. The Aruna Quartet is a prizewinner in national and international competitions including the MTNA National Competition, the Coltman Competition, The American Prize, and the ENKOR competition. Aruna was awarded the Gold Medal and Grand Prize at the 46th Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. In addition to their competition performances, the Aruna Quartet regularly performs recitals at universities, public schools and conferences including those held by the North American Saxophone Alliance and the Texas Music Educators Association. Most Recently, Aruna was invited to perform and teach at the 2019 Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy which was held at Rangsit University in Bangkok, Thailand. At Texas Tech University, the quartet is coached by Professor of Saxophone, David Dees and have received additional instruction from legendary saxophone Frederick L. Hemke.

Caleb Burkhardt

The Cincinnati Saxophone Quartet is a group comprised of Cincinnati's finest saxophonists.  The ensemble has formed for the sole purpose of bringing to life Michael Seltenreich's masterful work,Onot.

Aaron Burr

Duo Velox was established in 2016 at The University of New Mexico. The ensemble consists of Kaitlyn Gerde on Clarinet and Aaron Burr on Saxophone. Duo Velox has performed both at The University of New Mexico and at the 2017 NASA Region 2 Conference in NMSU. Upcoming performances include recitals at The University of Kansas and The University of Northern Colorado.  The purpose of this ensemble is to standardize repertoire for the clarinet and saxophone duo, present community outreach, and commission new works. The Duo is an advocate for new music, working with electronics, and pushing the boundaries of the clarinet and saxophone duo in composition and performance.   

Griffin Campbell

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Katherine Campbell

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. 


Samantha Canon

The Cynical Duo is a Fayetteville, AR based saxophone ensemble formed in 2019 to promote both standard and contemporary repertoire for two saxophones. Together, they make for an exciting, tasteful, and authentic duo that specializes in creating a musical fusion full of enthusiasm and energy. Never intrusive but always engaging, their music has found its place within variety events, recital halls, and even train cars. They are both pragmatists and dedicated professionals; but when asked about their name, “we woke up like this”, is the most perfunctory answer. Currently, the duo remains active in the Fayetteville music scene. 


Seth Carper

Dr. Carper, Dr. Haight, Dr. Pardo, and Dr. Hamrick are on jazz faculty members at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX.  Wayne Salzmann II is an alumni of Texas State University's jazz program and is currently the instructor of jazz drumset at University of Texas at Austin.  The group regularly performs in Austin, TX.


Christopher Charbonneau

Duo Charbonneau was formed in 2012 with their first performance being the concurrent world premiere of Ida Gotkovsky’s Incandescence pour Saxophone Ténor et Piano. Subsequent performances of this work throughout France and Germany solidified the duo’s collaboration. The duo takes pride in working closely with upcoming and established composers on new works for saxophone and piano. These interactions have led to new works by composers such as Kevin Timothy Austin, Gil Dori, Michael Markowski, and Roger Przytulski. Most recent performances included Roger Przytulski’s 10 West: 3 Postcards for Alto Saxophone & Piano and Kevin Timothy Austin’s Ad Orientum at the Region 2 NASA conference. Currently, the duo is working on several projects including the concurrent world premiere of Mischa Zupko’s From the Skyline for tenor saxophone and piano with a performance at the 42nd International Saxophone Symposium. Duo Charbonneau has recently relocated from Phoenix to the Los Angeles area.


William Chien

"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. 

Nicholas Childs

Beth King-Bennett is an avid performer and music educator based in Tallahassee, Florida. Ms. King’s performance experience is widely varied between solo and chamber music playing. She is an active member of the Ragusa Saxophone Quartet and Civitasolis Reed Quintet. In 2016, she toured with the Iowa Saxophonists' Workshop, where she performed at the Hong Kong International Saxophone Symposium and the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China. Ms. King is adjunct instructor of woodwinds at Chipola College and saxophone instructor for Leon County School District. She received her Bachelor of Music Education from DePauw University, where she was also awarded a Performance Certificate for excellence in performance. She earned her Master’s from the University of Iowa and is currently a doctoral teaching assistant at Florida State University. 

Christopher Creviston

 * ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY SAXOPHONE CHOIR * 

DEREK BROWN, SOLOIST 

 

Kristen Zelenak 

Jared Waters  

Patrick Feher  

Chris Sacco 

Bonson Lee 

Gabe Robles 

Jade Deatherage 

Dylan Hong  

Nathan Salazar 

Matthew Fox 

Tanner Bayles

Lewis Mckerlie 

Peter Han   

Efrain Parra 

Logan Larue 

Jarrett Ardente 

Freddy Ochoa 


cindy cripps

Bill O’Neil has been on the faculty of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley since 1992, following one-year appointments at Utah State University and Memorial University of Newfoundland. Bill received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Minnesota on 1990. He has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony, the Symphony of Nuevo Leon, the Rochester (MN), Symphony, and the Minnesota Opera, among others. Bill is a prolific arranger of music for clarinet(s) and saxophone(s), with many of his arrangements published by RGM Music. Bill is a passionate chamber musician with a special interest in music for clarinet and strings, and is a tireless advocate for the clarinet choir. Bill performs on Yamaha CSV clarinets with a Mitchell Lurie crystal mouthpiece and Lurie #3.5 reeds. He and his wife Gail have three grown daughters, several grandchildren, and cats. Bill and Gail are active church musicians.

cindy cripps

The "Weindy Saxophone Duo" is a newly formed ensemble

cindy cripps

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Saxophone Ensemble students are undergraduate music education majors and minors. The ensemble is directed by UTRGV saxophone professors, Cynthia Cripps and Josiah Boornazian, and combines saxophonists from the universities formerly known as University of Texas – Pan American (UTPA) and University of Texas Brownsville (UTB) both located in Deep South Texas.  Before the universities merged the ensembles performed at several NASA regional conferences and in recent years, the UTRGV Saxophone Ensemble has performed at the World Saxophone Congress in Croatia in 2018, at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference in 2016, NASA Region 4 conferences in Norman, OK (2015), Stillwater, OK (2017) and NASA Biennial in Lubbock, TX (2016). The ensemble performs a variety of music in local schools and functions on and off campus as a large ensemble and also individual quartets.


Matthew Dardick

The Latitude Duo aims to expand and diversify the repertoire for the saxophone duo.  Members Leo Schalifer and Matt Dardick are both currently second year undergraduates at Northwestern University, studying with Taimur Sullivan.  Formed in November of 2018, Latitude made its debut performance at a joint recital in spring of 2019 and gave performances at numerous venues across the country during the summer of 2019 -- including Brevard Music Center, The Chattooga Club, Elmhurst College, and York Community High School.  Leo and Matt's latest project has been commissioning five new works by undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral composers from music schools around the country: they plan to perform these works at their duo recital in winter of 2020.

David Dees

The TTU Saxophone Ensemble has performed at the World Saxophone Congress in Scotland, the 2012 NASA Biennial in Tempe and at numerous NASA Region 4 Conferences. The ensemble is led by Prof. David Dees.   

Geoffrey Deibel

Directed by Geoffrey Deibel and conducted by Keith Dodson, the FSU Saxophone Orchestra consists of students in the FSU saxophone studio. Playing saxophone voices ranging from soprano to bass, the ensemble performs a diverse repertoire of both transcriptions and original music for the saxophone. Students from the FSU Saxophone Studio have won numerous national and international solo and chamber music competitions - including first place in the 1999 and 2007 MTNA Young Artist Chamber Music Competitions, and first prizes at the 2019 NASA Region VI Conference Competitions. Three former students are currently members of the internationally renowned Raschèr Saxophone Quartet. The group is also active in the commissioning of new works for large ensemble.

Gregory Dewhirst

The GD Duo strives to support new compositions and support the woodwind duo genre. Drs. Meg Griffith and Gregory Dewhirst established the ensemble to commission new works for the genre, use as a pedagogical tool for composition and performance, and inspire new avenues for musical expression. In addition to their own individual performances, the GD Duo is an active participant of the Texas New Music Ensemble.

Gregory Dewhirst

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Steve Dillingham

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Preston Duncan

Casey Gene Dierlam is an avid performer of contemporary music and is devoted to working with and promoting the music of innovative new composers, both through solo performances and collaborative endeavors. While working on her degrees in piano performance at the University of Illinois she won several prizes in international competitions. These include first prize at the Rose Petroff College Piano Competition held in San Antonio, TX, finalist at the St. Louis Artist Presentation Society Competition, alternate for the New Orleans International Piano Competition and Honorable Mention in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition in New York City.She is the coordinating pianist for North American Saxophone Alliance conferences and the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition, performs at regional and national MTNA competitions each year, and has performed with renowned saxophonists, trombonists and tuba players all over the country.

Katy Faracy

Crimson Winds is a woodwind quartet that specializes in woodwind doubling. They comprise of master’s students and graduated professional musicians all hailing from Montclair State University in Montclair New Jersey. They have performed throughout northeastern New Jersey and the greater metropolitan area in concert settings on and off campus and in community outreach concerts at local schools. Crimson Winds draws influence from pop, rock, classical, new music, and commercial. 


Joel Ferst

The Midnight Quartet, is an undergraduate saxophone quartet at Florida State University being coached by Dr. Geoffrey Deibel. The quartet seeks to engage audiences in interactive performances and has performaned and worked with high schools in the local area. The group consists of Joel Ferst, Soprano Saxophone, Jenny Hesoun, Alto Saxophone, Brain Hanson, Tenor Saxophone, and Caleb Miller, Baritone Saxophone.

Matt Floeter

The Collider Duo is a recently formed ensemble consisting of Abraham Nunez and Matthew Floeter. Both of these saxophonists study at Oklahoma State under Dr. Johnny Salinas and Dr. Tommy Poole.

James Flowers

The West Penn Trio is comprised of James Flowers (saxophone), Tim Winfield (trumpet), Nancy DeSalvo (piano).  The group has given presentations on the importance of mixed instrument chamber music at state educator conferences and given recitals in the tri-state area. Dr. Winfield and Dr. DeSalvo are on the faculty of Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. 

James Flowers

The duo is a subset of the Bridges Saxophone Quartet, which performs around the Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.  The quartet has been a featured artist at the Ohio Saxophone Quartet Summit and on the Heinz Chapel Music Series. 

Sean Fredenburg

Please see individual bios.

Connie Frigo

 

Parker Fritz

 

Xin Gao

The Ren Duo formed in Greensboro, NC between Dr. Xin Gao, Assistant Professor of Music at Truman State University, and Taiki Azuma, Adjunct Professor of Music at Fayetteville State University and UNC-Pembroke, having premiered works at 2017 International Saxophone Symposium in Fairfax, VA, 2018 NASA Biennial in Cinicinnati, OH and at Truman State University in 2019 in Kirksville, MO. Their continued collaborations extend into repertoire of all woodwinds given their extensive background as woodwind doublers.

Glen Gillis

Under the moniker Duo Gillis Cunningham (DGC) Dr. Glen Gillis (saxophone) and Dr. James E. Cunningham (didgeridoo) have pushed the boundaries of contemporary composition and performance by bridging ancient and modern musical approaches through the application of cutting-edge real-time digital processing and effects. During performance the DGC weave disparate acoustic and digital elements into a cohesive fabric, creating a sonic environment that transports audiences into alternative ambient universes. The DGC has been well-received in performances and academic conference presentations throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Iceland, England, France, and Croatia. They are currently recording a collection of original experimental compositions for didgeridoo and alto saxophone, with a projected release date in early January 2020.


Glen Gillis

Professors Glen Gillis (saxophone) from the U of Saskatchewan and Richard Gillis (trumpet) from the University of Manitoba have performed and collaborated with each other for their entire amateur and professional careers. Both have written compositions to include the saxophone and trumpet duo and have performed in North America, Iceland, and Continental Europe. Their compositions and performances can be heard on SaxSpectrum (MSR), SaxSpectrum 2 (MSR), and Devotion (Ice Music Press).

Mariah Goulet

Crossroads Saxophone Quartet is a rising chamber ensemble based in Kansas City, Missouri. Formed at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory, Crossroads is made up of graduate students from all over the country. Throughout their time together, Crossroads has performed at conferences such as the national North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) conference in Cincinnati, OH, and the regional NASA conference in Fayetteville, AR. Crossroads has also performed locally at various events including Kansas City’s annual Porch Fest, and at several UMKC Conservatory events including masterclasses with Vanguard Reed Quintet, Don-Paul Kahl, and Zach Stern.

Crossroads is dedicated to performing standard saxophone quartet repertoire, but is also passionate about commissioning new works for this type of ensemble. In addition to performing, Crossroads is devoted to community outreach. The quartet has performed and presented masterclasses at various high schools in the KC area.


Dan Graser

The Donald SInta Quartet (DSQ) are at the forefront of contemporary chamber music. Performing centuries of music on dozens of chamber music series each year, entirely from memory, they are among the most fervent advocates of the classical saxophone. Performances include recitals at Carnegie Hall, the Paris Conservatory, residencies at the University of Michigan, and concerto appearances with the Dallas Winds, Paris Garde Republicaine, Eastman Wind Ensemble, and Michigan Symphony Band. Currently managed by Concert Artists Guild, DSQ have taken five first prizes in the Fischoff, Coleman, Concert Artists Guild, M-Prize, and NASA competitions. Their debut recording, "Collider," was released in 2019 on CAG records following their previous premiere recording of William Bolcom's Concerto Grosso for Sax Quartet and Band with the UM Symphony Band. DSQ administer the National Saxophone Quartet Composition Competition annually. DSQ are Selmer Paris Artists and perform on Selmer saxophones exclusively.

Colette Hall

The Resurgam Quartet formed in 2015 at the Hartt School in Hartford, CT. Its current members are Harrison Kliewe (soprano saxophone), Colette Hall (alto saxophone), Sean Tanguay (tenor saxophone), and Michael Raposo (baritone saxophone).​Dedicated to expanding the saxophone quartet body of work, Resurgams's latest commission, "I Could Hold This; I Could Not", premiered in January 2020 in New York City.  Resurgam has presented concerts of new works at both the Queens New Music Festival and the Hartford New Music Festival, and will continue to collaborate with visionary composers to create exciting saxophone quartet repertoire.​The Quartet will appear as soloists with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in June 2020.  Education is an important part of Resurgam's mission. The Quartet has presented masterclasses, educational concerts and performances in New York City, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Indiana. The Resurgam Quartet is dedicated to engaging audiences in exciting saxophone quartet repertoire.


John Hallberg

Based in Los Angeles, the Pathways Saxophone Quartet is comprised of four of California's leading saxophonists. Coming together in the Fall of 2019 for their premiere performance as a group at the 2019 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference at Arizona State University, PSQ's repertoire spans musical styles, including Baroque, Classical, Romantic, contemporary, jazz, and popular music. Members of PSQ maintain active careers as performers and educators, hold teaching positions at major music institutions throughout Southern California, and present at music and saxophone conferences around the world. 

Soren Hamm

Onomatopoeia (all alternate spellings accepted) is Cassie Lear, flutes; Soren Hamm saxophones; and Rebecca Olason, French horn. Faced with a menagerie of seldom-paired instruments and no repertoire whatsoever, these three award-winning soloists and longtime friends came together anyways to create a new kind of chamber ensemble. The result is a versatile, 21st century sound that makes everything – from classical to folk to contemporary music – sound fresh and new. 

Onomatopoeia's mission is to support and commission living composers, perform not only in concert halls but in a multitude of settings accessible to our community, and to perform at the highest caliber varied programming providing inclusivity with regards to music style, composer background, and general musical aspects. 


Evan Harris

Group (2) is a newly formed saxophone quartet and is comprised of students at Michigan State University: Evan Harris (DMA) , Eric Zheng (MM), Adam Epler (BME, BM), Tyler Young (DMA)

Jonathan Hart

Born in Beaverton, Oregon, Jonathan Hart received his Bachelor’s in Music Performance at the University of Oregon under Dr. Idit Shner and immediately began his Master’s in Arts from the University of Iowa with Dr. Kenneth Tse in 2017. Currently, Jonathan is continuing his studies with Dr. Tse, pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance in Pedagogy.

Sean Miller is currently a master's student studying Saxophone Performance under Dr. Kenneth Tse. This past January, he received the Grand Prize in the Vandoren Emerging Artist's competition in the classical saxophone category. Additionally, he is a two-time state winner of the Minnesota MTNA Young Artist Competition. Sean enjoys performing in a variety of ensembles on campus, including the Univeristy of Iowa Symphony band, Iowa Saxophonists Workshop, the RAHM Saxophone Quartet, and The Mystic Cats.  


Jonathan Helton

Over the past eleven years, the Helton-Thomas Duo has presented concerts, master classes, workshops, and lectures to diverse audiences in the United States, Canada, Japan, Thailand, China, Australia, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, England, Greece, and France.  Their concerts are always met with tremendous enthusiasm, surprise, and emotion. The unexpected combination of the saxophone and the cello creates a unique soundscape that is capable of reaching audiences of all kinds through new, moving, musical experiences.Members of the duo are Jonathan Helton, saxophone, and Steven Thomas, cello. Learn more at: http://www.heltonthomasduo.com


Lois Hicks-Wozniak

Innovative saxophone and bass trombone ensemble, the Wozniak Duo (ParaDwaWozniak) is comprised of husband and wife team, Lois Hicks-Wozniak, saxophones, and Matthew Wozniak, bass trombone. Formed in 2007,  they have performed transcriptions, original compositions by Kevin Ames, James Stephenson and Daniel Schnyder and commissioned works by Carter Pann, Rob Deemer, Gregory Wanamaker and Zae Munn among others. Their commissioned piece, Duo for Alto Saxophone and Bass Trombone by Carter Pann, premiered in 2011 at the Eastern Trombone Workshop in Washington, D.C., the Region 8 North American Saxophone Alliance Conference and the Crane School of Music Single Reed Summit, paved the way for other works Pann has written for saxophone. The Wozniaks were featured guest artists at the International Trombone Festival and are frequent performers at NASA national and regional conferences. Their recording Playback, with Nadine Shank, piano, is available on iTunes and Amazon. 


Matthew Howell

The OSU Paradigm Octet formed in Spring 2019 and has actively performed since. The ensemble consists of entirely undergraduate students who audtion into the ensemble. Paradigm plays a wide variety of music in various genres and styles from Allegri to Howell. The ensemble is under the instruction of Brianna Buck and Dr. Johnny Salinas.

Wade Howles

One of the most versatile saxophone duos currently playing, Binary consists of Dr. Bob Fuson and Dr. Wade Howles. Binary was conceived with the goal of exploring and promoting the use of diverse saxophone pairings. It is common to see both gentlemen bringing 3-4 instruments to their performances, switching from saxophone to saxophone, sometimes within one piece of music.

Dr. Fuson is currently the Instructor of Woodwinds at Hastings College. Dr. Howles is currently the Director of Bands at Lakeview Community Schools (Columbus, NE). Both received their MM and DMA degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and are founding members of the saxophone quartet, TCBSQ. Both gentlemen proudly represent and endorse Key Leaves. Dr. Howles also represents Eastman Winds and Rovner Ligatures as a Performing Artist and Educator.


Andrew Hutchens

The Hutchens/Myers Duo is a contemporary music ensemble composed of saxophonist, Andrew Hutchens and percussionist, Daniel Myers. Originally formed in 2016 while at Western Carolina University, the duo continues push the boundaries for collegiate saxophone and percussion duos through frequent outreach, commissioning, performance, and collaboration with new artists. Devoted to increasing the repertoire of this duo, the Hutchens/Myers duo has been active by commissioning, arranging, and premiering new works by composers such as Michael Laurello, Jeff Weston, Andy Akiho, Terrell Cordice, Stephen Karukas. The Hutchens/Myers Duo has been involved in masterclasses by artists such as the Assembly Quartet and the Ogni Suono Duo. Currently both Daniel and Andrew are pursuing graduate degrees in the Carolinas. Daniel is pursuing his Masters in percussion performance from Appalachian State University and Andrew is pursuing his DMA in saxophone performance from the University of South Carolina.

Patrick Jones

The University of Idaho Saxophone Ensemble or Hamptonian Quorum performs a range of music from newly commissioned works to arrangements of large symphonic compositions. They recently were selected to perform at the 2019 North American Saxophone Alliance Regional Convention and 2019 Biennial Convention in Cincinnati Ohio at the Cincinnati Conservatory with saxophone soloist Chad Smith. The Hamptonian Quorum actively plays a wide variety of music from jazz to classical throughout North America. 


Don-Paul Kahl

Duo Entre-Nous is a clarinet and saxophone ensemble dedicated to the evolution of new music. Formed in 2014 by Jackie Glazier and Don-Paul Kahl, the duo performs and commissions repertoire for clarinet and saxophone. Thus far the duo has commissioned composers from America, Australia, China, France, and Argentina, garnering new pieces in a variety of styles. The duo supports the commissioning of composers from underrepresented groups, seeking to aid the creation and promotion of their works. The duo can be heard on Gregory Wanamaker’s recent album, “Light and Shadows, Waves and Time,” released on Navona Records in 2018. They premiered Scott McAllister’s “Concerto Americana” for clarinet, saxophone, and wind ensemble in 2016 with the University of Florida Wind Symphony. Devoted to music education, the duo is active in teaching positions in the United States. They have given masterclasses, performances, and lectures at universities and conservatories throughout the US and Europe. 

Elissa Kana

 

Elissa Kana

Founded in 2017 at the University of Iowa, the Colere Quartet is an Iowa-City based ensemble comprised of saxophonists John Cummins, Elissa Kana, Greg Rife, and Dennis Kwok. Colere presents engaging programs consisting of a wide range of classical as well as contemporary repertoire. Recent performances include recitals at the University of Iowa, Augustana College, and Monmouth College, performances at North American Saxophone Alliance conferences, and appearances at a variety of community engagement concerts. 

 

Colere has had success at recent chamber music competitions including First Prize in Winds, Brass, and Percussion at the 2019 Plowman Chamber Competition and two consecutive semifinalist performances at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2018 and 2019. 

 

Colere is a Latin word meaning “to cultivate.”  This name was inspired by Iowa’s expansive farmland and the group’s commitment to cultivating musical life in the Midwest and beyond.


Jonathan Kierspe

The Wind Collision duo consists of Jonathan Kierspe (saxophone) and Samuel Anderson (bass trombone). Kierspe is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at Florida State University, and Anderson is pursuing his master’s degree at Yale University. They have known each other since high school, where they attended the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. Their most notable event was a tour that took them to Oakland University (MI), Franklin College (IN), The Ohio State University (OH), Winthrop University (SC), Limestone College (SC), South Carolina Governor’s School for the arts and humanities (SC), and the University of South Carolina. While on tour they performed the five works they commissioned for the tour and gave lectures and masterclasses. One of the commissioned works will be featured on a portrait CD of Kory Reeder’s works with Edition Wandelweiser. Wind Collision’s recording of that piece was also played on KUZU 92.9 FM. 

Matthew Kolar

Formed in 2019, the Lampyris Quartet hails from the Midlands of South Carolina. The quartet is a contemporary music ensemble that focuses on performance, teaching, and outreach. The group consists of members, Mathew Kolar, Dillon Smith, Andrew Hutchens, and Mathew Castner. Individually, the members have received many accolades, including advancing in national and regional competitions, as well as performing concerti with various ensembles. The members have commissioned several pieces, including works by Stacy Garrop and Ruby Fulton. Most recently, members premiered a version of Thomas Palmer’s Red Eye (2019).

Emi Kondo

"quartet JG" is a saxophone quartet comprised of Masahito Tsuda on Soprano Saxophone, Emi Kondo on Alto Saxophone, Masanori Kobayashi on Tenor Saxophone, and Junichi Sasao on Baritone Saxophone. Formed by four people who graduated from the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music and SHOBI College of Music.

They won second place in the 10th Annual Yokohama International Music Competition, Chamber Music section.All of the Members have been attracting attention as the world's first saxophone quartet using handmade instruments of sterling silver named “silver sonic”, made by Yanagisawa Japan. Their activities are featured in the Tokyo metropolitan Area News of NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) and are featured in various magazines, "The SAX", "Pipers", "Band Journal","musician", and "The Ongakugendai". They were all responsible for the accompaniment of NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) radio's "Shin Nichiyo Meisakuza" in the play. They are the official artists of Yanagisawa Japan, Legere Reeds and BREATHTAKING.



Laura Kramer

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Eric Lau

The University of New Mexico Saxophone Choir is made up of undergraduate and graduate saxophone students and performs under the musical direction of Dr. Eric Lau and Dr. Ashley Kelly. This ensemble has performed at several North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conferences and Regional Conferences and is a regular performer at the UNM Saxophone Day.  

UNM Saxophone Choir Members 

Charlotte Leung, Kristine Banh, Ashley Kelly, Marcos Montoya, Thomas Lovato, Megan Kearny, Jessa Abel, Brian Bradley, Alex Alunday, Matt Lind, Mark Alvarez, Stephen Schulz

 


Eric Lau

The Silver Reed Duo consists of flutist Jennifer Lau and saxophonist Eric Lau. With over 15 years of performance experience, the duo is dedicated to promoting mixed chamber music including the flute and saxophone.  This commitment has led to commisions by Ben Stonaker, John Richard, Michael Conti, Peter Gilbert, and Karola Obermueller. The Silver Reed Duo has performed at the Puerto Rico Conservatory, the Universidade Federal do Paraná in Brazil, the National Flute Association Convention,  the North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference, and the World Saxophone Congress. 

 

Clifford Leaman

The University of South Carolina Saxophone Ensemble, under the direction of Clifford Leaman, has performed works that range from transcriptions of established pieces to the most recently-composed works for saxophone ensemble.  The membership of the group consist of graduate and undergraduate members of the saxophone studio at the University of South Carolina. 

Clifford Leaman

Formed in 2005, the RoseWind Duo consists of Scott Herring, percussion and Clifford Leaman, saxophones. They have performed widely across the USA and abroad, including appearances at University of Southern Mississippi, NASA Conferences, and the International Navy Band Saxophone Symposium. The duo has toured world-wide, performing and teaching at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón, (SP) the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, (SP) the Conservatoire de Strasbourg, (FR), SaxOpen (Strasbourg, France), World Saxophone Congress (Scotland), Percussive Arts Society International Convention (TX), Lulea Technical University (Sweden), Royal Academy of Music (Sweden), Yantai, Shanghaiand Beijing.


The RoseWind Duo performs music in a wide variety of musical styles, and is highly sought-after for performances and masterclasses throughout the United States. The duo has released two compact discs of new works for saxophone and marimba, and is committed to furthering the repertoire for this genre through the commissioning of new works. 

 

 

Wonki Lee

Dynamic Duo brings innovative programing and enlivening performances to a wide variety of audience in the United States and Asia. Formed by Wonki Lee (saxophone) and Kyung-Eun Na (piano), who are Si-Yo Artists™, Dynamic Duo has given recitals at La Plantation in Beijing, Yamaha Hall in Seoul, and Lincoln Center in New York since its inception. As an ambassador of classical music, the duo continuously strives to reach out to audiences with limited access to public performance venues as they continuously bring music to senior homes and community schools. Wonki holds both D.M.A. and M.M. from Manhattan School of Music, and Kyung-Eun received D.M.A. from Manhattan School of Music; M.M. from The Juilliard School; and Artist Diploma from Oberlin Conservatory. 



Ting Hua Liang

Soma is a saxophone quartet formed at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music under the guidance of Otis Murphy. The members of the quartet include David Bayard (soprano), Paul Lorenz (alto), Sean Bradley (tenor), and Arthur Liang (baritone). Soma was recently awarded the Grand Prize at the 9th Plowman Chamber Music Competition in 2019. Other awards include First Runner-Up in the Classics Alive Young Artist Competition in 2018, and First Prize in the 2017 Chicago Woodwind Ensemble Competition. They were also finalists in the 2018 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition.

 

Based out of Bloomington, Indiana, Soma has been active since the fall of 2016 and has performed a wide variety of concerts including recitals at the International Navy Band Symposium, The inaugural American Single Reed Summit and the North American Saxophone Alliance region five conference.


Thomas Luer

Project Popular is a Los Angeles based jazz band led by saxophonist, composer, arranger, and producer Tom Luer. Created in 2009, the ensemble performs jazz interpretations of pop and rock songs, as well as original compositions. A collective of some of the industry’s brightest musicians, a Project Popular show may include the music of Pearl Jam, Chris Cornell, Alicia Keys, Gotye, Prince, and Radiohead, to name a few.null

Joseph Lulloff

Professor John Nichol will play piano for this performance. Please refer to Professor Nichol's proposal for his bio.

Joseph Lulloff



Jay Mason

The BCCM Saxophone Ensemble was started as part of the saxophone program at CSU, Long Beach by Professor Emeritus Leo Potts in 1979.  Since then, the group has performed at numerous NASA Regional and Biennal Conferences, as well as the World Saxophone Congress in Pesaro, Italy.  Since Professor Potts retirement, the group has been led by Jay Mason, a founding student member of the ensemble and now on faculty at the University.  Since its inception the group has been active in promoting new works for the ensemble, premiering works by Dan Higgins, Mauro Bruno, James DiPasquale, Walter Hartley, and many pieces conceived and composed by students at California State University, Long Beach.  In this way, the BCCM Saxophone Ensemble continues to expand the repertoire for large saxophone ensembles and prepare students for performance opportunities in a wide variety of styles and genres.  

Amy McGlothlin

Triage Contemporary Winds is a modern wind trio comprised of Amy McGlothlin, Eileen Yarrison and Bill Kirkley. The ensemble pursues the creation of new music that is accessible to both the music aficianado as well as the musical scholar. Triage was formed in 2016.

Michael Mortarotti

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Michael Mortarotti

Called a “groundbreaking ensemble” by the Los Angeles Chronicle, the MANA Quartet
has repeatedly won high praise from today’s leading composers, noted as “vigorous and
accomplished...deserving every success” and “beautifully balanced...a new bright light
in the world of chamber music” by Pulitzer Prize winners Charles Wuorinen and Ellen
Taafe Zwilich. Championed as “Saxophone Ambassadors” by Chamber Music Magazine,
MANA embodies its namesake as a force advocating for the saxophone in classical
music.

Since its inception in 2007, the ensemble has premiered dozens of new compositions
and given new life to many underrepresented original masterworks
Released in 2016, MANA’s debut
album, Vide Supra, featured four new quartets dedicated to the ensemble by Stephen
Dankner, Everette Minchew, Kevin Villalta, and Anthony J. Stillabower. The recording
made the Entry List for a GRAMMY Nomination.
The MANA Quartet is a D’Addario Performing Ensemble and performs exclusively on
Reserve Classic reeds.

Joseph Murphy

Duo Montagnard was formed in 2002 and has performed over 400 concerts in all 50 states, 8 Canadian Provinces, and 20 countries on 6 continents. They have commissioned and premiered 40 pieces and have recorded six albums.


Patrick Murphy

Paradise Winds, a Phoenix, AZ-based reed quintet, met while pursuing advanced degrees in music at Arizona State University and have been performing together since 2005. Paradise Winds appeared to over a million weekly listeners on American Public Media’s Performance Today in 2011 and 2013. In recent past, Paradise Winds was featured in the Phoenix-based award-winning Downtown Chamber Series, collaborated with the Grammy-winning Phoenix Chorale, and have appeared with Classical Revolution PHX. Agents of new repertoire, Paradise Winds has commissioned works by Deborah Kavasch, John Marvin, Robbie McCarthy, Kurt Mehlenbacher, Alyssa Morris, and Kincaid Rabb, and premiered the first-ever North American concerto grosso for reed quintet and orchestra by Graham Cohen with The MusicaNova Orchestra.

Shoko Nagami

The members of the San Jose State University Saxophone Ensemble come from diverse backgrounds and use their experiences to collaborate on progressing their musical ideologies. Under the direction of Dr. Michael Hernandez, they work to integrate aspects of vocal, string, percussion, and brass instruments into the sound of the saxophone. The SJSU Saxophone Ensemble includes the saxophonists of the Zelos quartet as well as the Daiso quartet.


Eric Nestler

Xiao Wang has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes at the 65th Steinway Piano Competition in China, the 7th Eastman Young Artists International Piano Competition, the McElroy Competition, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition, Jan and Beattie Wood Concerto Competition and Piano Solo Competition at the Brevard Music Center Festival, University of North Texas Concerto Competition and the 13th Concorso Internazionale di Esecuzione Musicale (13th International Music Competition) held in Padova, Italy.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Xiao Wang has performed throughout the United States, China, and Europe. She has appeared in performances in the Wuhan Conservatory of Music, Tianjin Conservatory of Music, the Capital Teachers University in China, University of Michigan, and Palazzo Albrizzi in Venice, Italy.

In 2018, she earned her doctoral degree from the University of North Texas. Her major teachers include Dr.Pamela Mia Paul, Eugene Pridonoff, Elizabeth Pridonoff, Xinning Zhang and Qifang Li.


Jonathan Nichol

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Established in 2014, the The University of Oklahoma Saxophone Ensmble is committed to championing new music and innovative transcpritons. A primary mission of the OU Saxophone Ensemble is to promote comositions and arrangmenets by its members. The group has perfomred at every NASA Biennial and Regional conference since 2014 and was a featured ensemble at the 2017 Region 4 NASA convention held at Oklahoma State University. The ensemble is comprised of both undergraduate and graduate saxophone studnets who study at the University of Oklahoma.


Jonathan Nichol

The award-winning h2 quartet has been wowing audiences since 2002. h2 takes advantage of the great expressive capacity of their instrument by programming traditional, avant-garde, minimalist, and jazz-influenced works in surprising and compelling ways. h2 has performed throughout the United States, in Europe, the UK and in Asia. Along with demonstrating a mastery of traditional quartet repertoire, h2 is dedicated to the commissioning and performing of new works. 

The h2 quartet has won prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (First Prize, Gold Medals) and the North American Saxophone Alliance Saxophone Quartet Competition (first prize), among others. The group was also finalists in the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and earned Honorable Mentions at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the Chesapeake Bay Chamber Music Competition, and the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. The h2 quartet is a Vandoren and Yamaha Artist Ensemble.


Paul Nolen

The Illinios State University Saxophone Ensemble consists of the finest undergraduates and graduate students at Illinois State University. The ensemble's mission is to increase the visibility of large saxophone ensembles, and to expand the repertoire of the medium. ISU Saxophones appeared at both the 2016 and 2018 NASA National Conferences, premiering four new works for large ensemble. The group is active on and off campus at Illinois State and in Central Illinois. 

 


Doug O'Connor

The Lake Effect Duo is a collaboration between saxophonists Katherine Weintraub and Doug O'Connor, first meeting and performing at the 2019 Dot the Line music festival in Tampa, FL. 

Katherine Weintraub currently serves as the Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at Southeastern University in Lakeland. From 2016-2018, Dr. Weintraub served as the Visiting Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Florida State University. Dr.Weintraub received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music, and her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music from the University of Michigan.

Doug O’Connor holds DMA and MM degrees from the Eastman School of Music, and a BM in Saxophone Performance from the University of Maryland. He recently served as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the Eastman School of Music, as saxophonist with the US Naval Academy Band, and is currently employed with the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”

Drs. Weintraub and O'Connor are Selmer performing artists.

Doug O'Connor

The Lake Effect Duo is a collaboration between saxophonists Katherine Weintraub and Doug O'Connor, first meeting and performing at the 2019 Dot the Line music festival in Tampa, FL. 

Katherine Weintraub currently serves as the Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at Southeastern University in Lakeland. From 2016-2018, Dr. Weintraub served as the Visiting Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Florida State University. Dr.Weintraub received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music, and her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music from the University of Michigan.

Doug O’Connor holds DMA and MM degrees from the Eastman School of Music, and a BM in Saxophone Performance from the University of Maryland. He recently served as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the Eastman School of Music, as saxophonist with the US Naval Academy Band, and is currently employed with the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”

Drs. Weintraub and O'Connor are Selmer performing artists.


Lindsey O'Connor

The Las Vegas Youth Saxophone Ensemble is comprised of auditioned high school and college students from southern Nevada. Founded in August 2018 and led by Artistic Director Lindsey O’Connor, all members earn credit through the College of Southern Nevada for their participation. The LVYSE consists of two separate groups: the TWELVE (a select group that performs smaller chamber ensemble literature for saxophone), and a large ensemble (primarily performing band/orchestra works that have been arranged for large saxophone ensemble). Rehearsing twice a week, the LVYSE is committed to advancing the appreciation of saxophone ensemble music through outreach concerts featuring a diverse repertoire that educates, inspires, and entertains audiences. Since its creation, the LVYSE has performed at several events and venues including the 2019 NASA Region 2 Conference, 2019 Las Vegas Clarinet & Saxophone Extravaganza, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, Nicholas J. Horn Theatre, and Family Music Centers Academy Theatre.


Lindsey O'Connor

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Shawn O'Kelley

The Owasso Saxophone Ensemble is made up of students from Owasso High School, Oklahoma, and membership is open to all saxophone students in grades 9-12.  Students participate in regular rehearsals and studio classes as part of the broader saxophone curriculum at Owasso.  The ensemble has performed at North American Saxophone Alliance Conventions in collaboration with the Oklahoma State University Saxophone Ensemble at Texas Tech University in 2016, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 2018.  Additionally, the ensemble has performed at North American Saxophone Alliance Region IV Conventions in 2017 and 2019.  Artists who have performed in collaboration with Owasso Saxophone Ensemble members include Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert, Dr. Kimberly Goddard Loeffert, Dr. Jonathan Nichol, Dr. Geoffery Deibel, Dr. Christopher Creviston, Professor Joseph Lulloff, Professor Roy Allen, and Dr. Eric Troiano.  In 2019, the Owasso Saxophone Ensemble participated in the commision of 'From Star Stuff' by Kyle Landry. 

Stephen Page

Shawna Pennock has been described as “rich and powerful, yet lightly effervescent” (Classical Voice of North Carolina). She has won top prizes in competitions including 1st Prizes at the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, ENKÖR Chamber Music Competition, Southern Division of Music Teachers National Association Chamber Competition, North Carolina MTNA Chamber Competition, University of Georgia Concerto Competition, and the North Carolina MTNA Young Artist Competition. She has performed across three continents in Panama, France, Hong Kong, Thailand, Russia, and the United States.

Dr. Pennock teaches saxophone at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. An advocate for contemporary music she has premiered over 20 works. She is the tenor saxophonist for the award winning Dasch Quartet whose debut CD "Necessary Edges" was described as "immaculate" and "exquisitely done and played" (Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain). Her former teachers include Connie Frigo, Taimur Sullivan, and Kenneth Tse.


Tracy Patterson

Dr. Tracy Patterson (Professor of Saxophone at Winthrop University) and Dr. Sesha Wallace (Professor of Saxophone at South Plains College) have been performing together in chamber ensembles since 2009. They formed Duo Amizade in the spring of 2010, and have performed on numerous recitals, the MTNA National Conference (2010), and the NASA Biennial Conference (2014 & 2016). The ensemble is dedicated to arranging and commissioning works for two saxophones. Working closely with composer, Dr. Leonard Mark Lewis (Winthrop University), they are excited to premier the second half of Lewis’ new work, Book of Duos for Alto Saxophones. 

 

Tracy Patterson

The Patterson/Snow Jazz Duo was formed in 2014 while both members were on faculty at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Dr. Tracy Patterson (Professor of Saxophone/Jazz at Winthrop University) and Dr. Adam Snow (Professor of Percussion at California State University Los Angeles) have been performing together for over six years in ensembles such as the WU Faculty Jazz Combo, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, and various jazz small groups throughout the Carolinas. Their ensemble is committed to promoting jazz in the atypical setting of a saxophone and percussion duo, through compositions that embrace chamber music and improvisation without the presence of a traditional rhythm section. The limitation of only two musicians also celebrates the sophistication of counterpoint and allows for greater spontaneity, rather than the experience of the traditional jazz chamber instrumentation. 

Wilson Poffenberger

The University of Illinois Saxophone Ensemble, affectionately known as "Sax Band," is an entirely voluntary group consisting of music majors and non-majors in the saxophone studio at the University of Illinois. Founded by Gabriel Piqué in the spring of 2018, this ensemble combines high-level musicianship with unique arrangements to create a fun and enriching concert experience. The ensemble gave a recital at the 2019 North American Saxophone Alliance's Region 5 Conference held at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Wilson Poffenberger

The Khroma Soma saxophone octet is a brand new ensemble combining two awarding winning saxophone quartets. With a shared vision of artistry at the highest level, Khroma Soma seeks to reach a broader audience through diverse programming and audience engagement. Each group has garnered prizes at the 2019 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, 9th Plowman Chamber Music Competition and 2017 Chicago Woodwind Ensemble Competition. Including invited performances at the 2018 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Inaugural American Single Reed Summit and the International Navy Band Saxophone Symposium. Feeling at home in both classical and contemporary styles, Khroma Soma strives to pair newly commissioned works with standards of the repertoire to create a truly unique concert experience.    


Justin Polyblank

Said to display “virtuosity of the utmost distinctive order” (Splash Magazine), Barkada Quartet is the first saxophone quartet to capture the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition’s coveted Grand Prize. Formed in 2011 at the Indiana University Bloomington Jacobs School of Music (JSoM), Barkada Quartet’s individual members share a friendship and musical camaraderie of incredible strength. Barkada Quartet has achieved international recognition, having performed over 60 engagements in Italy, Japan, and 14 states in the contiguous United States. Their debut, self-produced album Aventura features original works for saxophone quartet by composers David Maslanka, David Salleras Quintana, and David Werfelmann. 

Barkada Quartet's 2019-2020 season continues to highlight their blend of new and standard contemporary works. The centerpiece of their upcoming performances series will be a recently commissioned piece by composer Carlos Simon.

Barkada Quartet is Christopher Elchico (soprano saxophone), Shane Rathburn (alto saxophone), Perry Roth (tenor saxophone), and Justin Polyblank (baritone saxophone) 


Brandon Quarles

~Nois is an award-winning saxophone quartet from Chicago, IL. Known for its “masterclass-level demonstrations of precise articulations and glowing legatos” (I Care if You Listen), “truly innovative musicianship,” and “raw creativity” (Cacophony Magazine), the group blurs the boundaries between contemporary classical music and experimental improvisation. Winners of the Silver Medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (2017) and Second Prize in the Open Division of M-Prize (2018), ~Nois has been a featured guest artist at the University of Chicago, the Manhattan School of Music, and Princeton University. In recent seasons, ~Nois has performed with Eighth Blackbird, the Bang On A Can All-Stars, flutist Claire Chase, and indie rock band My Brightest Diamond. The group regularly tours across the country and has premiered over 30 works for the saxophone quartet. ~Nois is Hunter Bockes, János Csontos, Jordan Lulloff, and Brandon Quarles. www.noissaxophone.com

Heidi Radtke

Oboist Pam Ajango and saxophonist Heidi Radtke both serve on the faculty at Butler University in Indianapolis.

Amy Robinson

Amy Robinson, saxophone, and Corey Robinson, percussion, have been performing together throughout the world for seven years. Recently they premiered two works at the 2018 NASA Conference in Cincinnati. They have also performed at numerous regional NASA conferences and at the 2015 World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France. Their next project is to record a CD of original works for saxophone and percussion.

 

Amy currently teaches as a band director at Iowa Park ISD in Wichita Falls, TX. Corey holds degrees from the University of North Texas, Indiana University, and Slippery Rock University. He is currently the Assistant Professor of Percussion and Associate Director of Bands at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX.


Laurette Roddin

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Laurette Roddin

The Lucida Duo formed in Fall 2019 at the University of Oklahoma. Laurette Roddin and Alexis Seah are DMA students in Saxophone Performance, studying with Dr. Jonathan Nichol. Lucida strives to supply the audience with an all-encompassing auditory experience by performing music inspired by natural sounds in the environment.

Justin Rollefson

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Justin Rollefson

Zinnia is a unique and dynamic chamber ensemble that primarily consists of saxophone, cello, and piano. Since its formation in the fall of 2018, Zinnia has dedicated itself to the advancement and contribution of repertoire by commissioning new pieces as well as creating unique arrangement of traditional songs. Some of the commissioned composers include Jody Rockmaker, Chickasaw composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate, Karl J. Mitze (from the Invoke string quartet), and Zinnia's own Justin Rollefson to only name a few. The members of Zinnia are saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist Justin Rollefson, cellist Sarah Han, and pianist Nathan Arch.

Nicki Roman

Romex Duo is a Milwaukee-based chamber group devoted to the performance of new music for saxophone and percussion

Comprised of saxophonist Nicki Roman and percussionist Alex Wier, both members teach in the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Nicki is the most recent first prize winner of the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Solo Competition and she has been a prize winner at the Music Teacher’s National Association Young Artist Solo Competition, William C. Byrd International Competition, and is the first saxophonist to be the recipient of the International Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship. Alex performs regularly with the contemporary ensemble Fifth House Ensemble and has performed and presented his research at conferences such as the Midwest Clinic and the College Music Society National Conference. Nicki is a Conn-Selmer and Vandoren Performing Artist while Alex endorses Marimba One marimbas and Innovative Percussion sticks and mallets.


Nicki Roman

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Chris Sacco

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John Sampen

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Richard Schwartz

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Vanessa Sielert

The Westwind Duo is the faculty saxophone duo of the Lionel Hampton School of Music (LHSOM) at the University of Idaho. Northwest natives Patrick Jones and Vanessa Sielert reconnected again as colleagues at the LHSOM after graduating from the school over two decades ago. Since reuniting the pair have begun performing as a duo, playing pieces written for two saxophones in different configurations, as well as commissioning new works.


Uday Singh

Since 2015, the Aruna and Scio quartets have been actively performing and competing across the United States and in Asia. With first prize awards in competitions such as the Music Teacher’s National Association Chamber Music Competition and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, both quartets have worked to establish themselves as leading groups of the next generation of saxophone quartets. Both groups also perform frequently as featured ensembles at conferences and in concert series, as can be seen in Aruna’s recent performance in Bangkok for the Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy and Scio’s performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.. Aruna and Scio have had the opportunity to study together at the Frederick L. Hemke Saxophone Institute in Maine for a number of years and are coached by Professor David Dees and Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin, respectively.

Joseph Spence

Duo TPK is comprised of saxophonists Joseph David Spence and Giovanna Virgil. As active chamber musicians, Spence and Virgil have played in a variety of ensembles together previously and now are excited to present the debut of their own duo.    

Om Srivastava

dosa is a new music duo consisting of saxophonist Om Srivastava and percussionist David Abraham. The pair met while attending graduate school at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Their work encompasses modern classical music, contemporary world music, and creative improvisation. dosa's compositions are noted for their bold combinations of visual mediums, experimental electronics and acoustic instruments in achieving unique performance atmospheres. Founded this past Fall, they had their performance debut at PASIC 2019. Their latest project is "Rasa: A Sonic Tribute to Forgotten Humanist Bollywood".

David Stambler

Since its formation in 1991, the Capitol Quartet has performed regularly at major concert venues throughout the United States, earning wide acclaim for the ensemble's musical versatility and innovative style.

The Capitol Quartet's eclectic repertoire features contemporary works for saxophone, transcriptions of classical and jazz favorites, jazz originals, and traditional French quartet compositions. The Capitol Quartet is also committed to expanding the repertoire of the saxophone quartet, having commissioned new works for saxophone quartet by Stacy Garrop, Evan Hause, Mark Weiser, Charles Ruggiero,  John Fitz Rogers, John Anthony Lennon, Greg Wanamaker, Perry Goldstein, Whitney Ash, and others. A recent commission and premiere, Carter Pann’s The MECHANICS: Six From The Shop Floor, was named as a finalist for the 2016 PULITZER PRIZE in music. The members of the Capitol Quartet are Christopher Creviston, soprano saxophone, Joseph Lulloff, alto saxophone, David Stambler, tenor saxophone, and Henning Schroeder, baritone saxophone. 


Erik Steighner

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Jonathan Steltzer

Seniors at Kennesaw State University (KSU), clarinetist Matthew Hodgetts and saxophonist Jonathan Steltzer formed the Firetruck duo in 2017 to perform programs of new works including commissioning 7 pieces. The duo performed at the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, National Conference on Undergraduate Research and the American Single Reed Summit and are winners of the KSU Concerto Competition and an honorable mention at the 2017 International Duo Symposium. Clarinetist Matthew Hodgetts is an active clarinetist in the Atlanta Metro as a manager of the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony and intern for Conn Selmer’s Youth Bands of Atlanta and studies with John Warren. Jonathan studies with Sam Skelton and has won top prizes including a winner of the Ronald Sachs International Music Competition, finalist and performer at North American Saxophone Alliance regional competition and conferences, and 2nd place at the Samuel Fordis Young Artist Competition.

Bobbi Thompson

Thompson-Kasler Duo

Saxophonist Bobbi Thompson has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in North America and Israel, and she currently serves as Assistant Professor of saxophone at Western University in London, Ontario. Ariel Kasler is a versatile performer and educator who currently serves as Assistant Teaching Professor of Jazz Guitar and Jazz Piano at Bowling Green State University. The Thompson-Kasler Duo’s work consists of performances for saxophone and electric guitar. They have performed together at venues including: NASA 2019 Region 10 Conference in London, ON; NASA 2018 Biennial Conference in Cincinnati, OH; Bowling Green State University (OH); The Music Center (Rosh Pina, Israel); Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, ON); McIntosh Gallery (London, ON); Clore Center for Music and Dance (Kfar Blum, Israel); and Artscape (Toronto). Together, they are working to expand the repertoire for saxophone and electric guitar through commissioning and performance projects.

 

Jack Thorpe

Established in 2019, Vex Duo consists of Scott Augustine and Jack Thorpe, both currently pursuing graduate degrees in saxophone performance and literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Professor Debra Richtmeyer. After working together in multiple ensembles, Augustine and Thorpe decided to form a duo to explore new chamber music opportunities and repertoire. Vex Duo is dedicated to promoting the saxophone duo medium through the performance of important pieces by major composers, new works, and works by under-represented composers. 

Between Augustine and Thorpe, the two have been featured in masterclasses with Masato Kumoi, Jean-Michel Goury, Claude Delangle, and Frederick L. Hemke. Their primary teachers include Aaron Martinez, Jan Berry Baker, Nathan Nabb, and Debra Richtmeyer with additional studies under Frederick L. Hemke. Accomplishments of the two include concerto performances with Georgia State University's Wind Ensemble, Stephen F. Austin's Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Illinois's Wind Symphony. 


Douglas Tiller

Lauded as one of Georgia State University’s premier student ensembles, Augmented Triad is a mixed woodwind trio consisting of flute, clarinet and saxophone. The trio was founded with the purpose of adding new and adapting old repertoire into a format that is versatile, mobile, and highly artistic, having had eight commissions in its premiere season alone. Now in its second year, the trio is continuing its penchant for commissioning new music, including an upcoming work by composer Nickitas J. Demos. Augmented Triad actively competes both musically and academically; their most recent awards include the Dean’s Award at the Georgia State University Honors recital and 1st place in the musical category at the university Undergraduate Research Conference. Passionate about sharing the possibilities of chamber music, they engage in educational outreach in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

Carlos Tinoco

The University of Calgary Saxophone Studio and ensemble is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students from across western Canada. It is directed by Professor of Music Jeremy Brown who teaches saxophone at the University of Calgary and graduate assistant Carlos Tinoco.  The UCalgary Saxophone Ensemble has performed at conferences in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Iowa (USA), the National Music Centre (Calgary) and was the featured group at the 2019 inauguration of the new President of the University of Calgary, Dr. Ed McCauley in the world premiere of “Taking the High Road” (2019) for saxophone ensemble by Allan Gordon Bell. 

The UCalgary Saxophone Ensemble commissioned two Canadian composers Laurie Radford, Professor of Music at the University of Calgary and Juno-award winning composer Jordan Nobles to write new works for the saxophone ensemble to be premiered at the 2020 NASA Biennial Conference.  


Michael Rene Torres

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Eric Troiano

The University of Arkansas Saxophone Ensemble is a student ensemble made up of members of the saxophone studio studying with Dr. Eric Troiano. Our goal is to provide students with an outlet to challenge themselves musically, work in a new ensemble setting, play with a select group of musicians, and learn from members of the University of Arkansas community. The ensemble performs regularly on campus and in the Northwest Arkansas community.


Kenneth Tse

SopraninoJohn Cummins
Soprano 1Gilbert Garza
Soprano 2Gabriel Sanchez
Soprano 2Jonathan Hart
Alto 1Elissa Kana
Alto 1Jichen Zhang
Alto 2Jacob Nishimura
Alto 2Miranda Henry
Tenor 1Greg Rife
Tenor 2Sean Miller
Tenor 2Katie Greiner
Bari 1Yo Yo Su
Bari 1Hantao Li
Bari 2Chengyue Wang
BassMatt Nicholson
TubaxDennis Kwok

Rick VanMatre

The New Third Stream Quartet was formed in the interest of combining the rhythmic and improvisatory language of contemporary jazz with elements of modern chamber composition. The saxophonists in the quartet are accomplished jazz and classical saxophonists, and performances focus on the creative energy of progressive jazz as well as the precision and communication found in traditional saxophone quartets. The flexibility of jazz improvisation is balanced with the rich harmonic and timbral colors of 21st century classical music. The quartet’s repertoire consists primarily of commissioned works and the ensemble is dedicated to encouraging composers to unite jazz and classical styles. The NTSQ gave its inaugural performance at the WSC in Bangkok and has performed at subsequent WSC and NASA conferences, in numerous recitals across the US, and most recently at the Jeju International Wind Festival in South Korea. The NTSQ’s CD One for Four is available on Teal Creek Records.


Dylan Ward

The UMKC Saxophone Ensemble is comprised of students of Professor Zach Shemon from all degree levels at the University of Missouri–Kansas City Conservatory. The ensemble is entirely student-led and its members have been active in commissioning new works, as well as creating new arrangements for saxophone ensemble. In addition to performing regularly at UMKC and within the wider Kansas City community, the ensemble has presented at regional and national North American Saxophone Alliance conferences, the American Single Reed Summit, and at the 2019 Missouri Music Educators Association Conference.


John Wardlaw

The Paradosis Duo consists of US Navy Fleet Forces saxophonist Cameron Clements and Kansas City-based saxophonist John Wardlaw. Clements and Wardlaw began performing together while students at Baylor University in fall of 2017. Originally beginning as members of the Parallax Quartet, Cameron and John then performed as soprano and alto saxophonists of the Paradosis Quartet (consisting of Clements, Cole Allex, USN Fleet Forces saxophonist Chandler Davis, and Wardlaw) during a tour of central Texas in summer of 2018. Clements and Wardlaw reunited as the Paradosis Duo to premiere the transcription of Patrick Lenz's Internal and External Martial Arts at the 2019 Nasa Region IV conference in Fayetteville, AR. Clements holds a BM/BME from Lousiana State University and a MM in Saxophone Performance from Baylor University. Wardlaw holds a BM from Baylor University and is in progress on a MM from the University of Missouri - Kansas City. 

Michael Warner

Ensemble is comprised of saxophone students from all five high schools in the Deer Valley Unified School District.

Boulder Creek High School / Barry Goldwater High School / Deer Valley High School/Mountain Ridge High School / Sandra Day O'Connor High School

All Deer Valley USD High School instrumental programs have a history of superior quality, excellence and diversity. 

 


George Weremchuk

Formed in 2012, the Orlando, Florida based Hippocrene Saxophone Quartet is dedicated to performing new music for saxophone quartet as well as original transcriptions. They have performed at Central Florida music festivals and at universities throughout Florida. Members include George Weremchuk, Brian Smithers, Timothy Rosenberg and Jeremy Williamson.


Kendra Wheeler

Alecto is a duo consisting of Kakia Gkoudina (composition / electronics / visuals) and Kendra Wheeler (saxophones) who are graduate students in the College of Music at Michigan State University. Our work is deeply audiovisual, consisting of elements of contemporary music and cinematic tradition. The audiovisual nature of our work, as well as, the way that we try to form our narratives - on the meeting point of musical and extra musical traditions - is a core part of who we are. Alecto was formed in 2018 and has performed on a variety of occassions, such as, the 2018  World Saxophone Conference in Zagreb, Croatia, the 2017 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, the Women Composers Festival in Hartford, Conneticut, and in Cortona, Italy. 

Arthur White

MERGE is a collective of musicians dedicated to writing and performing original creative music influenced by the greats in jazz. Led by saxophonist Arthur White, the band includes guitarist Mark Tonelli, assistant professor at Millikin Univesity, and pianist/vocalist Justin Binek, assistant professor at Kansas City Kansas Community College. The Kansas City-based ensemble has concertized with jazz luminaries Joe Locke, Peter Erskine, and Steve Allee. Arthur White and MERGE can be heard on when you find it, on ARC Records, and will enter the studio in the spring of 2020 to record Pictures of the Heartland with Evan Flory-Barnes, Joe Locke, and Peter Erskine.

Arthur White

Central Coast Saxophone Quartet is a new saxophone chamber ensemble based in San Luis Obispo, CA. Individually, the members are renowned classical and/or jazz performers, and collectively, have chosen to band together to premiere new works by the members of the ensemble. Dr. Laura Kramer is a lecturer at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), teaching saxophone, music theory, and composition. Ron McCarley is the director of jazz studies at Cuesta College. Dave Becker teaches applied saxophone and jazz at both Cal Poly and Cuesta College, and, at Allan Hancock College, teaches theory, recording arts, electronic music and music appreciation. Dr. Arthur White is an Eastman and Jody Jazz saxophone artist, and the director of jazz studies at Cal Poly.


Drew Whiting

Formed in 2016, the Coalescent Quartet explores the diverse repertoire of the saxophone quartet from traditional to contemporary works. Its members Nathan Bogert, Michael Shults, Nick Zoulek, and Drew Whiting bring together years of combined chamber music experience to this newly formed ensemble to present sensitive and exciting performances. In addition to being active performers, the members of the Coalescent Quartet are dedicated educators. Its members have taught at Ball State University, Silver Lake College, the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, the University of Memphis, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the University of Wisconsin Whitewater, and Owens Community College.

Rachel Wolz

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Alastair Wright

Dionysus, a flexible ensemble comprised of saxophones and piano, formed in 2013 in North Carolina. As a saxophone duo, Alastair Wright and Dylan Ward have toured throughout the US and internationally. The ensemble strives to expand the repertoire for the instrumentation through the performance of original works, transcriptions, improvisation, and through collaboration with active composers of the 21st century. 

Recently, they have recorded and toured Wisconsin and Missouri with their program “Hocket,” celebrating living American composers working in minimalist-inspired styles. Since their formation, the group has performed at Lincoln Center, New York, at the Oh My Ears festival in Arizona, St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, and at top conservatories and educational institutions internationally, including Michigan State University, Arizona State University, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (UK). In 2016, they were a resident ensemble at Avaloch Farm Music Institute.


Robert Young

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.


Tyler Young

The Third Stream Duo {3S2} is a genre-crossing new music improvisation duo that brings musical artistry and entertainment together at the highest level, fostering fundamental human connection and communication with audiences by creating new music together.  The Third Stream duo develops classical music improvisation through performing, festival appearances, teaching appearances, masterclass residencies, and collaborations. 3S2 will develop compositional relationships, introducing a new way of composing improvised music that can be applied to different ensembles and scenarios.

Kristen Zelenak

The Silver Lining Duo is made up of saxophonists Emily Loboda and Kristen Zelenak, Emily and Kristen met at Central Michigan University in 2012. They developed a friendship and decided the best way to stay in contact was to play music together. This newly formed duo plans to continue playing togehter and hopes to commission new pieces in the upcoming years. They recently performed at the NASA Region IV conference in the Spring of 2017. 

Kristen is from New Baltimore, MI. She is currently a doctoral student at Arizona State University. Emily is from Tullahoma, TN and recieved her DMA from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also teaches saxophone at East Tennesse State University and Mitchell Community College.