Meet The Studio

 

DOCTOR OF MUSICAL ARTS

 

 

Matt EvansMatt Evans is currently pursuing a DMA in Saxophone Performance and Literature and an MA in Music Theory Pedagogy at the Eastman School of Music where he is a graduate teaching assistant and current saxophone instructor at the Eastman Community Music School. Matt has performed and taught throughout the United States as well as in Thailand, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Japan.

As a soloist Matt has garnered awards in several national competitions including the MTNA Young Artist Competition, the Lake Shore Wind Ensemble Competition, and the Arizona Recordings Classical Saxophone Competition, and he has participated internationally in the Aeolus Competition for Wind Instruments in Düsseldorf, Germany and as a semi-finalist in the 3rd Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

Matt is tenor saxophonist with the Zzyzx Quartet which was described as “a superb ensemble with impeccable musical taste” by the Saxophone Journal. Since releasing their debut album Zzyzx Rd in 2010, the Zzyzx Quartet has maintained high visibility as an emerging professional chamber ensemble having been featured as concerto soloists at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference in Tempe, AZ in March 2012 and presenting numerous guest recitals and master classes throughout the United States. This summer, Zzyzx premiered a commission by celebrated American composer John Mackey at the World Saxophone Congress XVI in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Matt previously completed his MM and BM in saxophone performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as a student of Otis Murphy, where he also earned a Performer’s Certificate, the highest performance distinction awarded at the school. At the Eastman School of Music, Matt has studied with Chien-Kwan Lin and was recently nominated for the prestigious Teaching Assistant Prize, an award given to the top graduate instructors at the conservatory. Matt is an Artist-Clinician for Rico Reeds and d’Addario, Inc. and performs on Rico Reserve Reeds exclusively.

 

 

KatherineKatherine Weintraub (a native of Sarasota, Florida) is a performer, educator, and third year doctoral student at the Eastman School of Music. She made her solo debut at the age of 15 performing Ibert’s Concertino da Camera with the Florida Orchestra. Katherine holds her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan, where she studied with the renowned Professor Donald Sinta. She has performed in master classes for prominent saxophonists such as Claude Delangle, Jean-Marie Londeix, Griffin Campbell, and Vincent David. In 2011, Katherine was the winner of the graduate concerto competition at the University of Michigan. In 2013, she was named winner of the William C. Byrd Young Artist competition. The following year, she performed as a soloist with the Flint Symphony Orchestra and gave a master class at the Flint Institute of Music. In the fall of 2014, Katherine performed as a featured concerto soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. Shortly after, Katherine was also named first-prize winner of the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition (ISSAC) in Columbus, Georgia.   Her most influential mentors include Lisa Sloan (Sarasota, Florida), Donald Sinta (University of Michigan), and Chien-Kwan Lin (Eastman School of Music).

 

 

phil_pierickA staunch advocate for new music, saxophonist Phil Pierick has commissioned more than a dozen new works and presented premieres throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. Recent recording projects include an album of previously unreleased chamber music for saxophone by Percy Grainger (Naxos) and Invisible Seams (Teal Creek), an album of new works written specifically for his saxophone duo, Ogni Suono. Ogni Suono is committed to expanding and promoting the repertoire for saxophone duo by commissioning and performing new works of various styles. The ensemble also conducts workshops and outreach programs, most notably as a 2013 recipient of the College Music Society’s Yamaha-in-Residence Fellowship.

A Fulbright Scholar for 2014-2015, Phil is currently studying contemporary performance practice in Vienna, Austria with Lars Mlekusch. The only saxophonist to receive prizes at both the Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition (2014) and the ISSAC International Saxophone Competition (2012), Phil is also a three-time prizewinner of MTNA National Competitions (2009, 2011, 2012), and was named Vandoren Emerging Artist of 2011.

In April 2014, he received Eastman School of Music’s Teaching Assistant Prize for his work as an instructor of chamber music. Phil aims to foster the internal curiosity and creativity of students, cultivating their personal musical interests and goals. Guest teaching has brought Phil to more than a dozen universities, conferences, and symposia throughout the United States, Canada, and Taiwan.

Phil is currently a doctoral candidate, ALP certificate candidate, and recipient of the Performer’s Certificate at the Eastman School of Music, under the direction of Chien-Kwan Lin. His Bachelor and Master of Music degrees are from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied with Debra Richtmeyer and held the position of saxophone teaching assistant. Additional studies with Jean-Michel Goury in Paris as a recipient of the 2009 Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians.

For more information, visit: PhilPierick.com and OgniSuono.com

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“A major force in the saxophone world,” (American Record Guide) internationally acclaimed saxophonist and recording artist Jonathan Wintringham has been described as “absolutely stunning” and “nothing short of a virtuoso” (‘The Sax’ Magazine, Japan). “Possessing a confidence and grace that comes from somewhere beyond experience,” (Arizona Daily Star) “he phrases with an artistic awareness well beyond his years; and he tackles the postmodernist content of his program with extreme volume shifts [and] daring color changes” (ARG). He has given recitals, masterclasses and residencies throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, England and Japan.

Wintringham has received awards in numerous competitions including the Astral Artists National Auditions, the Mahler Philharmonic Artists Auditions, the MTNA National Young Artist Competition and Chamber Music Competition, the NASA Classical Solo Competition, the Yamaha YPA Competition, the Arizona State University Concerto Competition, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the University of Arizona President’s Concerto Competition, the Tucson Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the William C. Byrd Concerto Competition.

Wintringham has performed alongside many world-renowned musicians including Timothy McAllister, Masato Kumoi, Kazuhiro Takagi, concertmaster of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and as a member of the New World Symphony Orchestra. He has given guest artist recitals and masterclasses at numerous institutions including the Eastman School of Music, the London College of Music, Arizona State University, and the University of Arizona and was the first featured Artist in Residence at the Zennor Music Series in Cornwall, England. Additionally, he was the first saxophonist in history to be featured on APM’s Performance Today: Young Artist in Residence. His debut CD, Walimai, has been broadcast internationally on England’s BBC and Japan’s FMN1, and is available on the Equilibrium (Albany) label.

Wintringham is a Conn-Selmer artist, and plays Selmer (Paris) saxophones exclusively. He is also an Astral Performing Artist, an MPhil Artist and an endorsing artist for MusicMedic.com’s RooPads.

www.jonathanwintringham.com

 

 

 MASTER OF MUSIC

 

 

Myles Boothroyd_1209 4x5 colorMyles Boothroyd is a graduate teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Saxophone Performance and Literature. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with minors in Instrumental Music and Secondary Mathematics Education from Central Michigan University (CMU) in Mount Pleasant, MI.

Myles’s work as a performance artist has garnered him numerous accolades and awards in competitions across the country. He took first prize in the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Collegiate Solo Competition and second place in the 2014 Vandoren Emerging Artist Classical Saxophone Competition. The previous year, he was named the second-place national winner in the Young Artist division of the Music Teachers National Association Conference in Anaheim, CA. Myles also won the first annual CMU Delta Omicron Young Artist Competition (2010) along with the CMU Patricia Nixon Woodwind Memorial Scholarship Competition (2011). He is currently the winner of the 2014-2015 MTNA Young Artist and Chamber Competitions in New York, performing as alto saxophonist in the East End Quartet.

Along with his dedication to performance, Myles remains active in musicological and scholarly work. He is a National Merit Finalist and Presser Scholar who has shared original research at national and international conferences, giving paper and poster presentations in Cincinnati, Lansing, Honolulu, Chicago, and Montreal. In April 2012, Myles was recognized for the Best Student Paper Presentation at the College Music Society Great Lakes Chapter Conference in Chicago; furthermore, his research paper on Miles Davis and George Russell is published in the Fall 2010 issue of Nota Bene, Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Musicology. Today, he works as assistant editor for The Saxophone Symposium, a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal of saxophone.

Website: www.mylesboothroyd.com

 

 

0004_D70_3904 - Copy (2)Timothy Harris, originally from Madison, Alabama, is a second-year graduate teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music, pursuing a Master of Music Degree in Saxophone Performance and Literature under the guidance of Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin.  He has earned a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he studied under Dr. Jonathan Noffsinger.

While at the University of Alabama, Tim was a member of the Alabama Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Saxophone Quartet, performing with musicians such as Chris Martin, Pete Ellefson, Joe Alessi, Matt Wilson, Jeff Lederer, Kirk Knuffke, Jeff Coffin, Donny McCaslin, Lew Soloff, Frank “Doc” Adams, and Sim Flora. His time with the Wind Ensemble included a concert tour of Italy consisting of performances in Montecatini, Florence, Padova, and Torino, collaborating with each city’s local ensembles.

As a member of the Eastman Saxophone Project and the East End quartet, Tim is an active member of the saxophone studio, performing with ESP during the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance’s biennial conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The East End quartet was a finalist in the same conference’s quartet competition.

Tim is a first place solo winner of the Lois Pickard Scholarship Competition and has taught beginning and experienced saxophonists alike regularly in Tuscaloosa and in his hometown of Madison, appearing as a guest instructor and clinician in several high schools throughout the state of Alabama. He has performed in masterclasses held by Jon Noffsinger, Amy Griffiths, Alfonso Padilla, Griffin Campbell, and Chien-Kwan Lin.  He is recently married and lives in Rochester with his wife, Amy.

 

 

SumnerHailing from Chicago, Illinois, award-winning saxophonist Sumner Truax is committed to performing the music of our time in interesting, engaging ways. By working closely with composers, Sumner has helped create and premiere many new works for saxophone. Most recently, he has worked with French composer Christian Lauba to produce the concert etude “Bebop” which Sumner premiered in 2013. As an educator, Sumner has taught privately and for numerous organizations such as the Lawrence Academy of Music and the New York Jazz Academy. As a versatile saxophonist, he has performed and recorded with several saxophone quartets as well as a variety of funk and rock ensembles.

Sumner is currently pursuing a Masters of Music degree in saxophone performance and literature, as well as an Arts Leadership certificate and the Eastman School of Music where he serves as a teaching assistant to Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin.

www.sumnertruax.com

 

 

matt_03Matt Amedio is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in saxophone performance at the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Professor Chien-Kwan Lin. Previously, Matt attended Northwestern University for one year studying under Dr. Timothy McAllister. Matt frequently travels to Miami, FL to perform with the New World Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas. Prior to attending Northwestern, Matt earned a dual Bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music in saxophone performance (under Professor Chien-Kwan Lin) and music education (under Professor Richard Grunow). During his undergraduate at Eastman, Matt performed with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Symphony Orchestra as principal saxophonist, and was a founding member of the Eastman Saxophone Project, “ESP”– the first conductor-less saxophone ensemble in the United States to perform completely from memory. Matt also earned the John Celentano Award for chamber music excellence as well as a Performer’s Certificate at Eastman, the highest distinctions awarded at the conservatory.

 Matt has been a very active performer both as a soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist he has won first prize in Vandoren’s Emerging Artist Competition, which resulted in his Paris debut in October of 2012. Matt was also one of six finalists in the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance Classical Saxophone Competition, held at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. His chamber music accolades include prizes in the Fischoff, Coleman, Plowman, Arriaga, North American Saxophone Alliance, and Music Teachers National Assiociation Chamber Music Competitions. Matt has also performed in masterclasses throughout the country being led by Vincent David, Claude Delangle, Lynn Klock, Carrie Koffman, Chien-Kwan Lin, and the XASAX saxophone quartet.
A proponent of new music, Matt has performed with Eastman’s new music ensemble, OSSIA; and has played on several concert series throughout the greater city of Rochester presented by Sound ExChange, Washington Square Concert Series, and the RESTisNOISE. Most recently, Matt gave the US premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino’s “La bocca, i piedi, il suono” at Colombia University as a part of the Make Music NY festival. Always looking to expand the repertoire of the saxophone, Matt has premiered works by such composers as Robert Morris, Samuel Adler, Bill Cunliffe, Kyle Quarles, Dave Deason, Chris Castro, and Stratis Minakakis.
 

BACHELOR OF MUSIC

 


AinsleyAinsley Paige Kilgo is a senior from Fairfax, Virginia pursuing a double major in Instrumental Music Education and Saxophone Performance, as well as the Arts Leadership Program Certificate as a Lois S. Rogers Scholar. Ainsley has been named to the Eastman School of Music Dean’s List for six consecutive semesters. She is a member of the Finja Saxophone Quartet, Eastman Saxophone Project, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble. Finja was awarded First Prize in the 2014 Music Teacher’s National Association Chamber Music Competition. Ainsley has performed in masterclasses as a member of Finja for the Coast Guard Saxophone Quartet, Claude Delangle, and Griffin Campbell. She has appeared in solo masterclasses for Griffin Campbell, Lars Mlekush, Susan Fancher, and Dr. Otis Murphy. Additionally, Ainsley serves as Recording Secretary of the Sigma Theta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota and is a secondary vocal student.

 

 

Dan 5 EditedDan Stenziano is currently a senior at the Eastman School of Music where he is pursuing degrees in saxophone performance and music education. At Eastman, Dan regularly performs with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and is a member of the Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP), the country’s first saxophone ensemble that performs without a conductor and entirely from memory. Dan was awarded the Performer’s Certificate and the John Celentano Award for Excellence in Chamber Music at Eastman, two of the highest distinctions offered by the conservatory.

Dan is an active chamber musician and has earned multiple accolades through his work as the baritone saxophonist with his quartet, the Finja Quartet. Most recently, Finja received First Prize in the 2014 MTNA Young Artist National Chamber Music Competition and First Prize in the 2013 198th Army Band Collegiate Chamber Music Competition. Finja has appeared in masterclasses with Claude Delangle, Griffin Campbell, and the Coast Guard Saxophone Quartet and has given numerous performances at various venues in the Rochester area.

Aside from his ensemble work, Dan has been the winner of multiple solo competitions including the MTNA Empire Collegiate Instrumental competition (2012), and the Young Artist Auditions Competition sponsored by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (2011). Dan has appeared in masterclasses with Kenneth Tse and Otis Murphy.

 

 

TylerOriginally hailing from Ellicott City, Maryland, Tyler Wiessner is now in his fourth year of undergraduate studies at the Eastman School of Music. He is pursuing majors in both music education and saxophone performance, and is a recipient of the Eastman School’s Performer’s Certificate and the John Celentano Award for Excellent in Chamber Music. His primary saxophone teacher is Chien-Kwan Lin, under whose direction Tyler performs regularly with the acclaimed Eastman Saxophone Project. Under the baton of Dr. Mark Scatterday, Tyler has performed with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, playing soprano through bass saxophones. As a member of the Finja Quartet, Tyler has been awarded first prize at the 2014 MTNA National Wind Chamber Music Competition. He was also named a semi-finalist at the 2014 International Saxophone Symposium and Competition (ISSAC). Masterclass experience includes performances for Griff Campbell, Lars Mlekusch, Claude Delangle, Kenneth Tse, and Otis Murphy.

 

 

KevinJiaqi (Kevin) Zhao is senior Saxophone Performance major from Professor Chien­Kwan Lin’s studio at the Eastman School of Music. Jiaqi has had master classes with Otis Murphy, Timothy McAllister, Kenneth Tse, Ken Radnofsky, Carrie Koffman and Griffin Campbell. He plays soprano saxophone in the Finja Saxophone Quartet, which has appeared in master classes with Griffin Campbell and Claude Delangle. He is also a member of the Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP) and the Eastman Wind Ensemble.

Jiaqi was born in JinZhou of LiaoNing Province in China. He began studying the piano when he was four years old, and started playing the saxophone at seven. He was admitted to the Middle School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music of China in 2005. During his studies, Jiaqi performed in the Youth Band of China and became principal saxophonist of the band. He gave his first solo recital when he was a sophomore in high school. Jiaqi is also an accomplished pianist.

Jiaqi has won top prizes in many competitions, including the 3rd Prize in the International Woodwind Competition in 2009, 3rd Prize in the CADANZA piano competition in 2007, 2nd Prize in the Beijing Music Festival Piano Competition in 2009, 2nd Prize in the LISMA Woodwind Competition in 2012, and 1st Prize in the LISMA Woodwind Competition in 2013. Jiaqi has also won the concerto competition of Andre Waignein at Eastman School of Music in 2013 and performs with Eastman Graduated Student Orchestra in 2014. Together with the Finja Saxophone Quartet, Kevin won the 1st Prize in the 198th Army Band Ensemble Competition in 2013, and was most recently named the 1st Prize Winners of the National of the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition.

 

 

anne1Anne Kunkle was born and raised in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  She began her musical studies on piano and later violin. She started her saxophone studies at the age of twelve and as a high school student she studied privately with Daniel O’Reilly and Kyra Zhang.  For her junior and senior years of high school she attended the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC with an emphasis in music.  Currently she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education and Saxophone Performance, as well as the Arts Leadership Program Certificate at the Eastman School of Music.  She is a member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Mark Scatterday, the Eastman Saxophone Project under the direction of Professor Chien-Kwan Lin, the Farrago 4 saxophone quartet, and the Reed it n’ Weep Quintet, which was recently selected as an Honor’s Chamber group at Eastman.  Anne also serves as treasurer and the student association representative of The Sigma Theta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota.

 

 

ArthurBorn in Taiwan, Arthur Liang was raised in China, Taiwan, Canada and currently lives in Toronto.  At grade 4, Arthur joined his elementary school band in Taiwan through grade 6. Unfortunately, Arthur did not continue to play saxophone until he moved to Canada in 2007. He studied with Professor Wallace Halladay from University of Toronto for 5 years. Arthur graduated from Etobicoke School of the Arts (2009-2012). Arthur has been fortunate enough to be awarded for his musicianship. In 2011, Arthur won the First Prize (saxophone solo) in the Kiwanis Music Festival, Kiwanis Clubs of Greater Toronto. Also in 2011, he won the First Prize (Provincial Finalist) at The Ontario Festivals Association Provincial Finals. Arthur has also performed in master classes being led by Ken Radnofsky, Keenth Tse and Susan Francher.

Presently, Arthur is a junior and he is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Saxophone performance at the Eastman School of Music and is a member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Mark Scatterday and the Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP) under the direction of Professor Chien-Kwan Lin. Arthur is also a baritone saxophone player in Farrago4 saxophone quartet at Eastman School of Music.

 

 

AiwenAiwen Zhang was born in Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China. She is currently an undergraduate student at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, in the studio of Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin. She is also a member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble which is directed by Dr. Mark Scatterday, the Eastman Saxophone project under the direction of Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin, and “Farrago 4” Saxophone Quartet. She began her musical studies on clarinet at the age of ten. At the age of twelve, Zhang found her passion playing classical saxophone. Zhang received her high school diploma at the High School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music (2011). She had Yuanxiang Zeng, Rende Zheng and Xiaolu Zhang as her primary teachers in China. Zhang moved to Bowling Green, Ohio in 2011 and started her Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance with Distinguished Artist Professor Dr. John Sampen. She was the first chair saxophone of Bowling Green Wind Symphony.

Zhang has performed in several accomplished quartets. In 2012, Zhang’s quartet “Four Corners” placed first in the MTNA competition in Ohio State, and received second prize in the Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition with “Sidu” saxophone quartet in 2013. In addition to chamber music competitions, Zhang has won many solo competitions, including the second prize as a soloist of the Lima Symphony Young Artist Competition in 2013 and first prize in the 47th Annual BGSU Concerto Competitions in Music Performance. In 2013, she had her debut solo concert in Hangzhou, China with the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra under the highly-acclaimed conductor Xiaoou Zhao. She also performed with the Bowling Green Philharmonia in February, 2014. She has performed in masterclasses with Otis Murphy, Kenneth Tse, Timothy McAllister, Carrie Koffman, Ryan Muncy, Clifford Leaman, and Ken Radnofsky.

 

 

LauritzLauritz Hædersdal Eller, has come from Copenhagen Denmark to Rochester New York to pursue his Bachelor’s degree of Music studying Saxophone Performance at Eastman School of Music with Professor Chien-Kwan Lin. At age 12 Lauritz was encouraged by his family to begin playing music and did so well enough to enter Tivolis boys-guard marching band at age 13. After graduating from Rødkilde Middle School Lauritz continued his general studies at the Danish music oriented gymnasium Sankt Annæ as well as studying music at Frederiksberg MGK with a number of teachers of whom most notably are Peter Navarro Alonso and Stefan Baur. Lauritz is the soprano player as well as a founding member of the student based saxophone quartet “Astutia” who regularly give recitals at Eastman. Throughout Lauritz’s music career he has impressed in many competitions most lately in 2013 he participated and won the annual New York based Empire State Music competition.

 

 

KhanhBorn of electrical engineers, Khanh Nguyen is the first of his academically-oriented family to pursue a career in the arts. His love for saxophone started at age 12, when he first started playing the baritone saxophone in his junior-high school band. Playing saxophone granted Khanh many musical accolades, including being a 5-year member of the California All-State Bands, 2-time winner of the ECYS concerto competition, and 2nd-place winner of the 2013 Nova Vista Symphony Concerto Competition. Though performance is a large part of his life, it is not the main reason he is currently studying at the Eastman School of Music. As a double major pursuing a B.M. in saxophone performance and music education, Khanh loves nothing more than to pass on his passion for music to future generations through music education. Khanh’s first teachers were Jeff Prinz, saxophone, and Gregory Conway, conducting.

Khanh currently studies saxophone under Chien-Kwan Lin and plays in the Eastman Wind Orchestra under the direction of Mark Scatterday. In addition to large ensemble and chamber performances with the Astutia saxophone quartet, Khanh performs in the Eastman Saxophone Project, the world’s only fully-memorized, conductorless saxophone ensemble. In his free time, Khanh enjoys driving, playing video games, and practicing MMA.

 

 

annie-16Annie Sawamura, from the small town of Ellington, CT, began her musical studies at age 5, taking piano lessons with a local teacher. At age 10, she picked up the saxophone in the interest of taking after her older brother, and discovered that she had found her passion. Throughout her four years of high school, she participated in honor bands including the CMEA Eastern Regional Concert and Jazz Bands, the New England Music Festival Association Band, the 2012 Connecticut All-State Jazz Ensemble, and she served as principle alto saxophonist in the 2013 Connecticut All-State Concert Band. Aside from saxophone, she also continued with piano as she played weekly as the lead pianist at Ellington Baptist Church, the accompanist for Ellington High School’s Chorale and Vocal Ensemble, and taught beginning lessons locally.

Currently, Annie is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Saxophone Performance at the Eastman School of Music under Professor Chien-Kwan Lin. She enjoys playing as a member of the Astutia Saxophone Quartet, the Eastman Wind Orchestra, and the Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP).

 

 

StephanieStephanie Venturino, a native of Rochester, N.Y., is a sophomore saxophone performance and music theory major at the Eastman School of Music. Prior to studying at Eastman, Stephanie garnered top prizes in numerous competitions, including the Rochester Philharmonic League’s Young Artists Auditions, the David Hochstein Recital Competition, the Virtuosi Woodwind Competition, the MTNA New York State Senior Woodwind Competition, the MTNA Eastern Division Senior Woodwind Competition, the Jo Amish Young Artists Competition, and the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music Competition. A recipient of the Eastman Community Music School’s prestigious Young Artist Award, Stephanie has also soloed with the Penfield Symphony Orchestra, and her playing has been broadcast on WXXI 91.5 FM. She has participated in masterclasses with Griffin Campbell, Paul Cohen, and Connie Frigo; her primary teachers have included Chih-Huan Wu, Douglas O’Connor, and Chien-Kwan Lin.

In addition to her collegiate studies, Stephanie interns at the Eastman Community Music School, where she teaches written theory and aural skills to secondary school students and adults.

 

 

DrewDrew Viavattine, from Rochester, New York, is a sophomore studying Saxophone Performance and Music Education at the Eastman School of Music. Drew has had the opportunity to study saxophone with many skilled teachers including Dr. Roger Eckers, Nancy Boone, and Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin. He currently plays with the Eastman Wind Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Mark Scatterday and the Eastman Saxophone Project under the direction of Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin. Throughout high school, Drew was chosen as a member of many select groups through the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), including Monroe County All-County wind ensembles, Area All-State wind ensembles, and the New York State Conference All-State symphonic band.

 

 

ChaithuChaithu Natarajan, freshman, has been playing the saxophone since 5th grade. He has studied under Darryl Yokley at Westminster Conservatory, New Jersey, for the past eight years and has been part of the Young Artist Program, a rigorous High Honors music program, since 2007. He was a Grand Prix winner of the 2013 Music-fest: Rising Talents competition, receiving the privilege to perform in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, NY. In early 2014, he won first prize in Westminster Conservatory’s annual Concerto Competition, performing with the Westminster Community Orchestra at the beautiful Princeton University Chapel, as well as Grand Prix at Music-fest for two individual groups: his saxophone quartet and his piano-saxophone duet. He performed at Carnegie Hall with both ensembles. In addition, he won Gold Prize at the prestigious Golden Key Music Festival (2014) with his saxophone quartet, and played at Carnegie Hall once more. Chaithu also enjoys singing, particularly in a capella groups, and was previously involved in every possible a cappella group in high school. Chaithu is also heavily involved in South Indian classical music, both vocal and violin. He currently is pursuing advanced violin studies under Mrs. Radhika Devrajan and has performed in multiple venues in NJ. He does community outreach through music and works with young children from Homefront. He has organized and performed several musical fundraisers to support many nonprofit organizations. Chaithu is currently a dual-degree student between the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester, and plans to pursue business and music performance degrees.