Meet The Studio







Katherine Weintraub (a native of Sarasota, Florida) is a performer, educator, and 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. She has performed in master classes for prominent saxophonists such as Claude Delangle, Jean-Marie Londeix, Griffin Campbell, and Vincent David.  An award-winning performer, Katherine took first prizes in the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition and the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition (ISAAC). She has also been featured as a soloist with the Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and the University of Michigan Philharmonia. Katherine holds her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan, where she studied with the renowned Professor Donald Sinta.  She is currently the Instructor of Saxophone at the Eastman Community Music School.




A staunch advocate for new music, saxophonist Phil Pierick has commissioned more than fifteen 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.

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. 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. As a Fulbright Scholar for 2014-2015, Phil studied contemporary performance practice in Vienna with Lars Mlekusch. 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: and



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’s RooPads.



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Myles Boothroyd is a performing artist dedicated to promoting the versatility of the saxophone and its relevance to music both new and old. Comfortably “at home in [the] classical and jazz realm” (Grand Traverse Insider), Boothroyd maintains a commitment to diverse programming as a soloist and chamber musician. He is the alto saxophonist for East End Quartet, an award- winning ensemble founded at the Eastman School of Music. Known for performing concerts entirely from memory, the quartet has presented lecture-recitals on music from abroad and introduced international arrangements of Baroque repertoire into the American mainstream. East End is rapidly gaining recognition for arranging works previously unpublished for saxophone quartet, and its members have collectively commissioned over twenty works by composers including Michael Djupstrom, Steven Bryant, and Samuel Adler. Most recently, the ensemble took first prize in the 30th Annual Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition (2015).

Boothroyd’s work as a soloist and chamber musician has garnered him numerous accolades and awards across the United States. He won the 2014-15 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist and Chamber Competitions, earned first prize in the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Collegiate Solo Competition, and took second place in the 2014 Vandoren Emerging Artist Classical Saxophone Competition. The previous year, he was named the second-place national winner in the MTNA Young Artist Competition in Anaheim. Boothroyd has won the Central Michigan University (CMU) Patricia Nixon Woodwind Memorial Scholarship Competition (2011) along with the first annual CMU Delta Omicron Young Artist Competition (2010).

Boothroyd is rapidly becoming a sought-after artist, clinician, and educator in the classical and jazz communities. He has performed as guest soloist with Encore Winds in Traverse City, Michigan, offering eclectic programming that places jazz standards alongside classical saxophone concerti. In 2014, Boothroyd was invited to Frankenmuth, Michigan, to present clinics for young musicians, culminating in a community concert in which he played as featured soloist with a local jazz combo. More recently, East End Quartet was a guest artist at Central Michigan University, presenting a lecture-concert to kick off the school’s 2015 “Saxophone Day” for high school and college musicians.

Along with maintaining an active performing career, Boothroyd distinguishes himself as both a musician and scholar. He is a Presser Scholar and National Merit Finalist who has shared original research at conferences in Cincinnati, Lansing, Honolulu, Chicago, and Montreal. In April 2012, Boothroyd was recognized for the Best Student Paper Presentation at the College Music Society Great Lakes Chapter Conference in Chicago. He has published original research on Miles Davis and the inception of modal jazz, exploring the influence of composer George Russell on Davis’s Kind of Blue album. Today, Boothroyd works as assistant editor for The Saxophone Symposium, a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal of saxophone literature, performance, and pedagogy.

Boothroyd currently teaches as Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at Roberts Wesleyan College. He is also a graduate teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music, where he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (Saxophone Performance and Literature) and a Master of Arts degree (Music Theory Pedagogy). He holds a Master’s degree in Saxophone Performance and Literature from the Eastman School. Boothroyd is a recipient of the Eastman Arts Leadership Certificate and coveted Eastman Performer’s Certificate; he also maintains two private studios in Rochester, New York. He currently works as an outreach coordinator for the Eastman organ department, a role in which he oversees event planning and marketing efforts throughout Rochester. He is responsible for organizing and publicizing a variety of performance series, including weekly concerts that bring free organ music to the surrounding community. Boothroyd holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, with minors in Instrumental Music and Secondary Mathematics Education, from Central Michigan University.




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Born in northern California, Nicki Roman is regarded as a highly active and emerging concert saxophonist. Most recently, she took 2nd prizes in the 2015 National Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Solo Competition and the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) National Solo Competition. As the first classical saxophonist to be a recipient of the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship (2015-2016), Nicki is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree with a certificate in Collegiate Music Teaching under the direction of Chien-Kwan Lin. At Eastman, she is a member of the Eastman Saxophone Project “ESP”, the graduate saxophone quartet, a saxophone teaching assistant and the saxophone teaching intern with the Eastman Community Music School.

Ms. Roman is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received a Master of Music in Performance and Literature while studying with Debra Richtmeyer. During this time, she was a member of the Alaric Saxophone Quartet whom competed as finalists in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena, CA and were featured soloists in Michael Colgrass’ Urban Requiem at the 2015 College Band Director’s National Association Conference in Nashville, TN. In addition, she has performed with the Illinois Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Illinois Modern Ensemble and was the principal saxophonist with the Illinois Wind Symphony.

Having performed across North America and in Europe, Nicki has given performances at the Université Européenne de Saxophone (France) and the Brevard Summer Music Festival. She has been a featured soloist with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, the University of North Florida Orchestra and was a finalist for the 2015 Sinfonia da Camera Concerto Competition. Other notable achievements have included being a prize winner at MTNA regional and state competitions, semi-finalist in the 2014 International Saxophone Symposium and Competition (ISSAC) and semi-finalist in the 2014 NASA Quartet Competition. Ms. Roman has also been the recipient of the George E. MacNaab Scholarship, A.A. Harding Band Award, John Philip Sousa Award and is an active member of NASA and Mu Phi Epsilon.

As an educator, Nicki promotes a healthy balance between studying standard repertoire, participating in collaborations and exposing her students to new works. She has held the coveted position of saxophone teaching assistant at the University of Illinois, where she taught saxophone methods courses, coached quartets and taught lessons to undergraduate saxophonists. She has served on the faculty at the Illinois Summer Youth Music Camps and has had students go on to win prestigious competitions and awards such as the the Thomas J. Smith Scholarship Competition and the John Phillip Sousa Award. During past summers, she has served on staff at the Interlochen Arts Camp and the Brevard Music Center.

Nicki completed her undergraduate studies in performance at the University of North Florida (UNF) Music Flagship Program, where she was the first recipient to receive the Most Outstanding Musician Award all four years. Her primary teachers have been Debra Richtmeyer, Dale Underwood, Joseph Lulloff, Michael Bovenzi and Bunky Green.







Matt 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.

HarrisonClarkeSaxophoneHarrison Clarke is originally from Austin, Texas, and is currently pursuing a MM in Saxophone Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, where he is a graduate teaching assistant. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree with high honors in Music Performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana.

Harrison has competed in various competitions around the world. Most recently, he was 1 of 109 candidates from around the world to be chosen to compete in the 2014 Adolphe Sax International Competition in Dinant, Belgium. He was also a semi-finalist in the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Solo Competition in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois and was awarded 3rd prize of the 2013 Vandoren Emerging Artists Competition. As a chamber musician, he was a semi-finalist at the 2013 Plowman Chamber Music Competition in Columbia, Missouri as a member of the Khrysos Quartet.

While at Indiana, Harrison achieved numerous awards and scholarships. He was a recipient of the Marcel Mule Scholarship, an award created by Eugene Rousseau that was given to an outstanding undergraduate in classical saxophone. He was also a Founders Scholar for sustained academic excellence and a Friends of Music Scholarship recipient. In his third year at Indiana University, Harrison was awarded the Performer’s Certificate, the highest award given to a performer by the Jacobs School of Music. His teachers include Chien-Kwan Lin, Otis Murphy, and Todd Oxford.



Gabriel Pique

Gabriel Piqué, 23, is a native of Augusta, Georgia. He recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in music performance and is now in his first year of a master’s degree in saxophone performance and literature. Gabriel has been a featured soloist with groups including the Augusta Symphony Orchestra and the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble. He has also been a finalist for numerous competitions including the North American Saxophone Alliance solo competition, the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition and most recently the Music Teachers National Association, where Gabriel and his quartet “Milk” represented the southern division in both the solo and chamber collegiate competition. Gabriel was also selected as a finalist for “The President’s Own” Marine Band in December of 2013 and semi-finalist for the “Pershing’s Own” Army Band in 2012 and 2015.

Gabriel has been a member of numerous ensembles including the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, Marching Band, Jazz Combo and Jazz Band, where he primarily played principle parts. Within the past four years, Gabriel has also performed in masterclasses with world renowned musicians including Fred Hemke, Otis Murphy, Kenneth Tse, Stephen Preston (flute) and Branford Marsalis. He is also an avid performer and travels frequently. His most recent performances have brought him to Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Moscow, Paris and Strasburg. Gabriel’s past teachers include Stacey Wade, Joel Cruz and Connie Frigo. His primary teacher is Chien-Kwan Lin.


erik 11Erik Elmgren is an emerging concert saxophonist who is dedicated to representing the flexibility of the instrument in compositions ranging from transcriptions to contemporary works. Erik maintains an active schedule as an award-winning soloist and chamber musician. As a soloist, he has won the University of Illinois Concerto Competition and been awarded second prize in the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition. He also is a two-time semifinalist at the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition held in 2012 and 2014. As a chamber musician, Erik has played with the Scion Saxophone Quartet, which competed in the semifinals of the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition in 2014.

Currently, Erik is pursuing a Master’s degree in Saxophone Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Professor Chien-Kwan Lin. At Eastman, he is a saxophone teaching assistant and maintains an active performing schedule with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the graduate saxophone quartet, the OSSIA New Music, and the Eastman Saxophone Project, which is the first conductor-less saxophone ensemble in the United States to perform entirely from memory. Prior to attending Eastman, Erik graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelors degree in Saxophone Performance, while studying under Professor Debra Richtmeyer. He has also performed in masterclasses around the world with renowned teachers Claude Delangle, Vincent David, Timothy McAllister, Arno Bornkamp, LarsMlekusch, and Masataka Hirano.

Recognized for his musical and academic accomplishments, Erik has received numerous awards and distinctions. He is the recipient of multiple Talented Student Scholarships, the Edmund J. Plasczcykowski Memorial Award for Excellence in Music, the Verna K. Townsend Award, the Duane A. Branigan Award, and the Woodwind Division Achievement Award from the University of Illinois School of Music. He was also awarded the Guy Duker Award for Musical Excellence by the University of Illinois Bands Department. His academic achievements earned him an invitation to join the University Chancellor’s Scholars and James’ Scholars Honors Programs and he was on the Dean’s List for all four years. He was also recognized as a Bronze Tablet Scholar as part to the top three percent of the graduating class at the University of Illinois.





Anne Kunkle was born and raised in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  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 a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education and Saxophone Performance, as well as the Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Certificate at the Eastman School of Music.  She is a member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Mark Scatterday and the Eastman Saxophone Project under the direction of Professor Chien-Kwan Lin.  Anne was a member of the Farrago 4 saxophone quartet, which recently received first prize in WDAV’s Young Chamber Music Competition,  and the Reed it n’ Weep Quintet, which was selected as an Honor’s Chamber group at Eastman.  Anne also serves as treasurer 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 senior 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.




Born 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 Ensemble 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. Khanh is also one of the faculty members of Miclen Laipang’s Southeast Asia Music Festival, teaching Saxophone and Music Theory in the Philippines. In his free time, Khanh enjoys driving, exploring new places, 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).




Stephanie Venturino, a native of Rochester, N.Y., is a junior saxophone performance and music theory major at the Eastman School of Music. An active ensemble musician, Stephanie is a member of the Eastman Saxophone Project – which gave its Kennedy Center debut in April 2015 – and the Eastman Wind Ensemble. As both a soloist and chamber musician, Stephanie has garnered top prizes in numerous competitions, including the national WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Competition (with Farrago 4 Saxophone Quartet), 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 (with Volo Saxophone Quartet). 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 Jérôme Laran, John Sampen, Griffin Campbell, Susan Fancher, and Paul Cohen; her primary teachers have included Chih-Huan Wu, Douglas O’Connor, and Chien-Kwan Lin.

In addition to her saxophone studies, Stephanie is an aspiring music theorist. Her interests include analysis of wind repertoire, German harmonic theory, French impressionist harmony, and music theory pedagogy. A recipient of awards from the University of Rochester (Mildred R. Burton Fund) and the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, Stephanie studied in Berlin and Freiburg on full scholarship during the summer of 2015. 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; she is also on the theory faculty of Eastman’s Music Horizons summer program.




Drew Viavattine, from Rochester, New York, is a junior 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 Ensemble, 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, sophomore, 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.




Colin Crake, a freshman from Fairfax, VA, is pursuing degrees in Saxophone Performance and Instrumental Music Education at the Eastman School of Music. In 4th grade, he followed in his father’s footsteps and took up the saxophone. In high school, Colin was a four-year member of the VBODA District XI Symphonic Band, a three-year member of the Northern Virginia Youth Winds, and a two-year member of the VBODA All-Virginia Band. He also participated in several solo competitions throughout high school. He was a finalist for the 2014 and 2015 City of Fairfax Band Young Artist Competition, the 2014 D’Addario “Take First” Solo Competition, and the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance High School Soloist Competition, and an honorable mention for The U.S. Army Orchestra “Pershing’s Own” 2015 Young Artist Competition. As an orchestra musician, Colin was the principal on-call saxophonist for the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra for two years, where he performed in significant orchestral works by Ravel, Gershwin, and Rachmaninoff. He was also selected as principal saxophonist for the 2014 VBODA Northern Virginia Senior Regional Orchestra’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” concert and the 2014 VBODA All-Virginia Orchestra’s all-Gershwin program. Colin has performed in a masterclass by Carrie Koffman. He has previously studied with Prof. Jim Carroll, and Prof. Edward Fraedrich. Colin is currently a member of the Eastman Wind Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Mark Scatterday, and the Eastman Saxophone Project under the direction of Prof. Chien-Kwan Lin.




Jeremy Howell, having grown up in Austin, Texas, is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Having the goal of sharing his love for music with a large audience, Jeremy has performed classical saxophone, in a total of 10 different countries, with numerous ensembles including principal of the inaugural Texas Youth Wind Symphony, Honor Band of America, TMEA All-state Symphonic Band, World Youth Wind Symphony, and is currently a member of the Eastman Wind Orchestra and Eastman Saxophone Project. His quartet, the Westlake quartet, has placed twice as 2nd in the Houston Underground Saxophone Competition. As a soloist Jeremy has been awarded many prizes, including Outstanding soloist from the Foundation for music Education, one of three Outstanding Soloists from the Disney Music Festival, and 3rd place and runner up in the Houston underground Saxophone Competition.

Not limiting himself to only one genre of playing, Jeremy has also performed frequently in other genres of music including jazz and funk. Winning the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, as well as being mentioned as an outstanding soloist in numerous festivals such as the Texas Longhorn Jazz Festival, he has proven his dexterity in his playing. Most recently, Jeremy has appeared on “Cane Sauce”, the first released studio single of Big Wy’s Brass band, a funk brass band based in Austin, Texas.

Currently studying with Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin, Jeremy has previously studied with Stephen Page, Harvey Pittel, Jim Trimmier, and has participated in masterclasses by the Zzyzx Quartet, Stephen Page, Griffin Campbell, Timothy McAllister, Taimur Sullivan, and Zach Shemon.

In addition to his musical studies, Jeremy is also an Eagle Scout of the Boy Scouts of America, and also holds a Technician Class License in Amateur Radio.