Meet The Studio


Myles Boothroyd_1209 4x5 colorMyles Boothroyd is a Traverse City native and graduate teaching assistant at the Eastman School of music, 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.

Boothroyd’s work as a performance artist has garnered him numerous accolades and awards in competitions across the country. He won the CMU Delta Omicron First Annual Young Artist Competition in 2010, then went on to take first prize in the CMU Patricia Nixon Woodwind Memorial Scholarship Competition the following year. He was selected as one of six finalists in the Collegiate Solo Competition at the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference in Tempe, AZ, and most recently, he was named the second-place winner in the Young Artist division of the 2013 Music Teachers National Association National Conference in Anaheim, CA. This honor was awarded following first-place recognitions at both the State and Divisional rounds of the 2012-2013 MTNA Young Artist Competition.

Along with his dedication to performance, Boothroyd 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 March 2012, Boothroyd was recognized for the Best Student Paper Presentation at a College Music Society 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.

Boothroyd’s teachers have included Chien-Kwan Lin, John Nichol, and Rob Smith. Following completion of his graduate degrees, he intends to pursue a career in collegiate education.



BurrusEvan Burrus is a jazz saxophone student in the studio of Charles Pillow.  Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Evan began his musical study on the piano at age 3 and began playing alto saxophone at age 8, eventually expanding to all of the main varieties of saxophone.  He later attended the prestigious High School for Performing and Visual Arts, whose alumni include renowned jazz musicians such as Jason Moran, Walter Smith III and Eric Harland.

Evan’s saxophone teachers have included Martin Langford, Warren Sneed, Chien-Kwan Lin and Charles Pillow.  He has had the privilege to perform with Bobby Shew, Jason Moran, Marvin Stamm, Bill Mays, Carol Morgan, and Dennis Dotson.  While in Houston, he began playing with Tools for Fools, a jazz group that has performed around Houston, including at well-known club Cezanne.  Evan is current pursuing a Bachelors of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Media, and is a member of the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble.



David Detweiler, originally from Houston, TX, has performed extensively across the United States and Europe.  He has performed at many of New York’s premier live music venues such as The Blue Note, Birdland, The Knitting Factory and The Iridium.  David has also been a guest soloist with the United States Coast Guard Band as well as a featured performer on B.E.T. on Jazz and the Austin Music Network.

In March 2011, David was a guest artist at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Spring Jazz Festival in Houston, TX.

David is currently pursuing a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music.  He received a Master of Music degree from Florida State University while studying with Marcus Roberts, Bill Kennedy, Bill Peterson, Paul McKee, Scotty Barnhart, Rodney Jordan and Leon Anderson.  He received a Bachelor of Music degree from William Paterson University while studying with Rufus Reid, Steve Wilson, Gary Smulyan, and Harold Mabern.



Chris Doser pursues his passions of classical and jazz saxophone, education, math, and swimming as a triple major at Eastman and the University of Rochester. Currently a senior in Professor Chien-Kwan Lin’s studio, Chris is working towards undergraduate degrees in Saxophone Performance, Music Education, and Mathematics. A championship swimmer in high school, Chris continues to maintain an active role as Co-Captain of the University of Rochester Men’s Swimming and Diving Team.

As a member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, and Eastman Saxophone Project, Chris has performed many styles of music on saxophone and also as a woodwind ‘doubler’ on flute, clarinet and oboe. He performed with the Mosaic Saxophone Quartet of Eastman for two years, and has participated and performed in master classes led by Claude DeLangle, Griff Campbell, and the Navy Saxophone Quartet. Chris teaches private woodwind lessons in his hometown of Penfield, NY, performs as a freelance jazz musician, and still finds time to work as a swim instructor and lifeguard.



MGKLauritz Hædersdal Eller, has come from Copenhagen Denmark to Eastman to pursue his Bachelor’s degree in Saxophone Performance at Eastman 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 boysguard marching band at age 13. Before coming to the states Lauritz has studied at the danish music gymnasium Sankt Annæ as well as playing saxophone at Frederiksbergs MGK.





Dannel Espinoza currently resides in Rochester, NY where he is adjunct professor of saxophone at Roberts Wesleyan College and is pursuing a doctor of musical arts degree at the Eastman School of Music. He received his Bachelors degree in Music Performance at Northern Arizona University and a Masters degree in Music Performance from Florida State University. His primary teachers include Jonathan Bergeron, Patrick Meighan and Chien-Kwan Lin.

An avid soloist and chamber musician, Dannel has performed throughout North America, Europe and China. As a soloist he has won 2nd prize at the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition held in Toronto, Canada. He was named the winner of the Arizona Music Teachers Association for 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. Also for the 2006-2007 season he was named the winner of the Southwest Region for the MTNA Young Artist competition. Dannel was named the winner of the NAU Concerto Competition for the 2004-2005 school year and placed 2nd in the 2006 Tucson Symphony Orchestra Concert Competition. He was also named a finalist at the FSU Concerto Competition in 2007.

As a chamber musician Dannel is currently the baritone saxophonist for The Mana Quartet, the soprano saxophonist for Project Fusion, and is a member of the Mana Duo with harpist, Kristina Finch.

Founded in 2004, the Mana Quartet was the first saxophone quartet to be awarded Grand Prize at the Coleman International Chamber Competition in 2009. They have been featured artists in residence at Hot Springs Music Festival, Hot Springs AK, where they performed the US premiere of Anders Nilsson’s Concerto Grosso for saxophone quartet and orchestra; Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Vail CO ; and National Music Festival, Chestertown MD, where they hold their annual saxophone workshop in conjunction with the festival. The Mana Quartet will also be found as frequent performers at the United States Navy Band Saxophone Symposium and the North American Saxophone Alliance conferences.

Comprised completely of students the Eastman School of Music, Project Fusion was formed in 2011. In 2012 they were awarded 2nd prize at the NASA Saxophone Quartet Competition, 2nd prize at the J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition, and received the Coleman-Saunderson Prize at the Coleman International Chamber Competition. Project Fusion has twice been selected for honors chamber recitals at Eastman, and was chosen as the ensemble to represent Eastman when former President Bill Clinton gave the keynote speech for the University of Rochester’s Meliora Weekend in 2011.

Dannel is a Rico artist and performs exclusively on Rico Reserve Reeds.



Matt 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.



Nick Exler is currently a senior at the Eastman School of Music, pursuing degrees in Saxophone Performance, Music Education and Music Theory. While at Eastman, Nick regularly performs with the Eastman Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Mark Scatterday, and with the Eastman Saxophone Project under the direction of Chien-Kwan Lin. In addition to this, Nick played saxophone with the Mosaic Quartet for two years and is currently playing with the A2 Quartet.  Nick has had opportunity to perform both with these chamber groups and as a soloist for various master classes: In his time at Eastman, he has played in master classes led by Claude Delangle, Griffin Campbell, and the Navy Saxophone Quartet.






James Flowers is adjunct professor of saxophone at Westminster College and attends the Eastman School of Music in pursuit of a Doctorate of Musical Arts in saxophone performance and literature. James has won first prize at The Music Teacher’s National Association Chamber Music Competition, The Coleman National Chamber Music Competition, and was a finalist at the 2004 North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) National Conference Solo Competition.

Mr. Flowers has presented various programs at the North American Saxophone Alliance national and regional conferences, the World Saxophone Congress, the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, the Heidelberg New Music Festival, and the International Villa-Lobos Festival.  He 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, The Fifth Dimension, Al Martino, Deana Martin, Cleveland Fats, The Carmen Mico Orchestra, State Street Jazz, and the jazz trio Stretch.  In an effort to promote new works for the saxophone, he commissioned music written by Braxton Blake, Matthew Brazofsky, Patrick Burke, Jason Howard, and Daniel Perttu.

James’ principal saxophone teachers include Fred Boles, James Umble, Marco Albonetti, John Sampen, and Ramon Ricker, while studying clarinet with Debbie Alexander, Robert Fitzer, and Kent Engelhardt, and flute with Jacqueline Arrington.



ESM Studio Bio PicTimothy Harris, originally from Madison, Alabama, is a first-year graduate teaching assistant pursuing a Master of Music Degree in Saxophone Performance and Literature.  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.

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. He has performed in masterclasses held by Jon Noffsinger, Amy Griffiths, and Chien-Kwan Lin.



Diane Hunger, native of Germany, received a Diplom-Saxophonlehrer from the Musikhochschule Frankfurt/Darmstadt in 2008 and a Masters in Performance from SUNY Fredonia in 2009. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts and a Certificate in Arts Leadership at The Eastman School of Music, where she is studying with Prof. Chien-Kwan Lin, while serving as his teaching assistant. Additionally Diane is an Adjunct Instructor for Saxophone at SUNY Fredonia and works as Administrations and Operations Assistant for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Previously she taught at the Chautauqua Summer Music Camp,and the 7th International Saxophone Festival in Szczecin, Poland.

Diane was the winner in the 2011 Eastman Saxophone Concerto Competition, and a first place winner in the 2012 American Protégé International Competition for Piano and Strings, because of which she was invited to perform in Carnegie Hall in April 2012. Furthermore, she was recently awarded the Performer’s Certificate at Eastman. Diane was invited to perform at the World Saxophone Congress in Scotland, the International Alliance of Women in Music Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona and at the NASA Conference in Phoenix, AZ. Additionally, she recently performed a series of concerts in Germany, Poland and the Netherlands with the duo Klang par2. Diane is RICO Performing Artist.



UnknownAinsley Paige Kilgo is a junior from Fairfax, Virginia pursuing a double major in Instrumental Music Education and Saxophone Performance at the Eastman School of Music as a Lois S. Rogers Scholar. Ainsley has been named to the Eastman School of Music Dean’s List for four consecutive semesters. She is a member of the Finja Saxophone Quartet, Eastman Saxophone Project, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble. Ainsley has performed in masterclasses as a member of Finja with the Coast Guard Saxophone Quartet, Claude Delangle, and Griffin Campbell. She recently attended the 2013 American Saxophone Academy and appeared in a masterclass with Dr. Otis Murphy.  Additionally, Ainsley is a secondary vocal student and an accomplished modern dancer.




Anne Kunkle was born and raised in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  She began her saxophone studies at the age of twelve and as a high school student she studied privately with Daniel O’Reilly and Kyra Zhang.  In addition to playing the saxophone she also studied piano and violin.  She served as principal tenor saxophonist in the South Carolina All-State band in 2010 and 2011.  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.  Currently she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Saxophone Performance at the Eastman School of Music and is a member of the Eastman Wind Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Mark Scatterday and the Eastman Saxophone Project under the direction of Professor Chien-Kwan Lin.  






Born 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.

Presently, Arthur is a sophomore and he is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Saxophone performance at the Eastman School of Music and studies with Professor Chien-Kwan Lin.



KeenanBorn and raised in Dillon, South Carolina, Keenan McKoy aspired to be an artist when he discovered his passion for visual art at an early age. Keenan began playing the saxophone in a middle school band class and has since then gone on to pursue music at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and the Eastman School of Music, where he is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music in Saxophone Performance and Music Education. Keenan has performed for big name artists and at numerous venues in both classical and popular music genres, including Al Sharpton, Claude Delangle, John Legend, Robert Young, Mariano Garcia Jiminez, Darius Rucker, and the Marine Band Saxophone Quartet. In addition, Keenan won first prize in the 2011 Empire State Competition.





Khanh Nguyen_bariBorn 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 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. Aside from music, Khanh enjoys driving, playing video games, and storytelling.



phil_pierickPhil Pierick is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Eastman School of Music under the direction of Chien-Kwan Lin. At Eastman, he is coach and coordinator of undergraduate saxophone quartets. Phil is a three-time prizewinner at the MTNA National Young Artist and Chamber Music Competitions (2012, 2011, 2009), took 3rd prize in the 2012 International Saxophone Symposium and Competition, was named Vandoren Emerging Artist of 2011, and won the 2012 University of Illinois Concerto Competition.
Phil performs regularly with his saxophone duo Ogni Suono, an ensemble committed to expanding and promoting the repertoire for saxophone duo by commissioning and performing new works of various styles while also conducting workshops for students. Since 2010, Ogni Suono has performed and taught throughout the the United States, Canada, Southeast Asia, and Scotland, with performances at the World Saxophone Congress, Singapore Saxophone Symposium, North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences, and a variety of art galleries and music schools.

Upcoming CDs include a Naxos release of previously unrecorded chamber music for saxophone by Percy Grainger and Ogni Suono’s debut album, Invisible Seams, featuring works written exclusively for the ensemble.

As national winner of the 2009-2010 Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians, Phil studied with French saxophonist Jean-Michel Goury in Paris at the CRR Boulogne-Billancourt. Phil received Bachelor of Music degrees with Highest University Honors in Performance and Musicology and a Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied with Debra Richtmeyer and served for two years as saxophone teaching assistant.



AnnieSax-1Annie 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 such as the Eastern Regional Concert Band and Jazz Band, 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. Currently, she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Saxophone Performance at the Eastman School of Music under Professor Chien-Kwan Lin.



danwebsitepictureDan Stenziano is a junior majoring in both Saxophone Performance and Music Education from Wayland, NY. Dan is an active member of several ensembles, including the Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP) under the direction of Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin and the Eastman Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Mark Scatterday. He also plays baritone in his saxophone quartet, the Finja Quartet which has performed in master classes with Claude Delangle and Griffin Campbell, and given numerous performances at various venues in the Rochester area. The Finja Quartet recently gave an opening performance for former Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates at the University of Rochester’s 2013 Meliora Weekend Keynote Address.

Aside from his ensemble work, Dan has been selected as the winner of multiple local competitions including the MTNA Empire Collegiate Instrumental competition, the MTNA NY State Senior Performance competition and the Young Artist Auditions Competition sponsored by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to his master class performances with his quartet, Dan has also appeared in master classes with Kenneth Tse and Otis Murphy.




Already an accomplished jazz saxophonist and woodwind doubler, Alexa Tarantino is currently a senior at the Eastman School of Music, majoring in Jazz Saxophone Performance and Music Education. A graduate of the award-winning Hall High School music program in West Hartford, Connecticut, Alexa has achieved recognition in several competitions such as Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington Competition and Music for All’s Honor Jazz Band of America. At Eastman, Alexa has privately studied under Chien-Kwan Lin and Charles Pillow, and has performed with the Eastman Jazz Lab Band, the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, and the Eastman Chamber Jazz Orchestra. Professionally, she has performed with the Dave Rivello Ensemble, the R&B/soul group “The Bitchin’ Kitchen,” as well as a variety of local pit orchestras and studio ensembles.

This summer, Alexa performed as a woodwind doubler at the Umbria Jazz Festival, as part of Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Centennial Project. The ensemble performed a large number of Gil Evans’ classics and newly discovered works. She also performed as a saxophonist at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. Most recently, Alexa performed as a vocalist/saxophonist with The Bitchin’ Kitchen at Jazz on the Pond 2012 in Greece, New York, opening for and collaborating with multiple-Grammy winner John Legend.

Appreciative of having grown up in a community that fostered jazz education, Alexa hopes to share the skills she is learning at Eastman to create a similar experience and nurturing environment for the next generation of aspiring jazz musicians.



Marta Tiesenga, from Oak Brook, Illinois, is a senior saxophone performance major studying with Professor Chien-Kwan Lin. She is a member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP). Marta played with the Mosaic Saxophone Quartet for two years, and currently plays tenor saxophone in A2 Quartet, which recently won the Alternate in the 2012 MTNA New York State Competition. She has performed in master classes with Claude Delangle, Otis Murphy, and Wynton Marsalis.



UnknownSumner Truax is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in saxophone performance at the Eastman School of Music where he serves as a graduate teaching assistant for Chien-Kwan Lin. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Sumner has an extensive background in both the classical and jazz idioms. A two-time winner of Wisconsin Public Radio’s Neale-Silva Young Artist’s Competition, Sumner has performed Jacob TV’s “Buku” and Paule Maurice’s “Tableaux De Provence” live on WPR. As an avid proponent of new music, Sumner also enjoys collaborating with composers to produce new works for the saxophone. Most recently, he has worked closely with award winning French composer Christian Lauba, a partnership which has resulted in the 22nd etude entitled “Bebop” which is dedicated to Sumner. In the jazz idiom he has had the privilege of performing with musicians such as Bobby McFerrin, Dave Ambrosio, John Clayton, Brian Lynch, and Conrad Herwig. Sumner holds a Bachelor’s degree in Saxophone Performance and Music Education from Lawrence University where his principle teachers were Steve Jordheim, Sara Kind, Fred Sturm, and Jose Encarnacion.



sventurino_headshot_fall2013Stephanie Venturino, a native of Rochester, N.Y., is a freshman saxophone performance and music theory major at the Eastman School of Music. As a high school student of Eastman saxophone professor Chien-Kwan Lin, 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 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. 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.



imageDrew Viavattine, from Rochester, New York, is a freshman 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.



Mark Viavattine is a senior (class of 2013) studying Saxophone Performance and Music Education at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.  Mark began playing the saxophone at the age of 10, with the encouragement of his parents (both professional musicians in the Rochester area).  Mark has had the pleasure of studying with many skilled saxophone teachers including Dr. Roger Eckers, Jose Encarnacion, Dr. Steven Mauk and Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin.  He has an extensive performance background in both classical and jazz styles.

Throughout high school, Mark was chosen numerous times as a participant in select ensembles in New York State, in conjunction with NYSSMA.  Mark was a member of the esteemed Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra, winners of the 2009 Charles Mingus Jazz Competition.  He received the Miles Davis award at Fairport High School, as well as a Performers’ Certificate, Certificate of Merit and the Winds, Brass and Percussion award through the Eastman Community Music School.

While at ESM, Mark was selected as the sole recipient of the Buddy Carle Jazz Memorial Music Scholarship for 2010, and has placed 2nd both in 2010 and 2011 in the MTNA New York State Young Artist Woodwind Competition.  He was also recently selected as a recipient of a prestigious Performer’s Certificate at ESM.

Mark is a member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Eastman Saxophone Project and lead alto saxophonist of the Eastman Jazz Lab Band.  Mark continues to maintain a private saxophone studio in Rochester, NY, and to perform both locally, and across the Northeastern U.S. in many different formats as a freelance musician.



Katherine Weintraub, a native of Sarasota Florida, is currently in the second year of her studies for the degree of a Doctor of Musical Arts at the Eastman School of Music.  An avid performer and recitalist, Katherine is also a teaching assistant to Professor Chien-Kwan Lin.  She holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she was a student of Donald Sinta.

Since her solo debut at the age of 15 with the Florida Orchestra, Katherine has amassed a series of notable performances and distinctions.  As an undergraduate on a full merit scholarship, Katherine was one of the youngest members of the illustrious University of Michigan Symphony Band for all eight semesters.  During this period, she was selected to play second alto saxophone in a collaboration between the U of M Symphony Band the Detroit Symphony in series of performances of John Corigliano’s “Circus Maximus” (with Leonard Slatkin conducting).  For her Masters degree,  Katherine was a recipient of a Graduate Fellowship award, during which time she was the winner of the University of Michigan Graduate Concerto Competition.  Katherine was also specially selected to be a part of the summer 2011 tour with the University of Michigan Symphony band on which she was given the opportunity to perform at some of the world’s premier concert halls across China and the U.S., including Los Angeles’ Disney Hall.

While in Ann Arbor, Katherine also maintained a devotion to teaching, giving clinics at many of the local high schools and maintaining a private studio of students ages elementary school through college. As a teaching assistant at Eastman, Katherine plans to continue her dedication to the field by working to continue her prowess both as a performer and an educator. After the completion of her DMA, Katherine plans to pursue a career in college education and performance.



Tyler Wiessner, from Ellicott City, Maryland, is in his third year in pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree in Saxophone Performance and Music Education.  His musical study began in elementary school band class on the clarinet, but changed to the saxophone soon thereafter.  In high school, Tyler performed in school theater productions, as well as in vocal and instrumental groups.  While young, he was a private student Baltimore jazz saxophonist Greg Thompkins.

At Eastman, Tyler is the bass saxophonist in the Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP), under the direction of Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin.  He also performs regularly under the baton of Dr. Mark Scatterday with the Eastman Wind Ensemble.  Tyler can also be found performing with the Finja Saxophone Quartet, which, besides performing at the Navy Band’s International Saxophone Symposium in 2013, has appeared in masterclasses with Claude Delangle and Griffin Campbell, as well as several outreach events in the Rochester, NY area.



“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 MTNA National Young Artist Competition, the NASA Classical Solo Competition, the William C. Byrd Concerto Competition, the Yamaha YPA Competition, the MTNA National Chamber Music Competition, the Arizona State University Concerto Competition, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the University of Arizona President’s Concerto Competition and the Tucson Chamber Orchestra 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 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. In addition to appearances on FOX News, KLPX and KUAT Television, his debut CD, Walimai, has been broadcast internationally on England’s BBC and Japan’s FMN1, and is available on the Equilibrium (Albany) label. Additionally, Jonathan’s former award-winning chamber ensemble, The Catalina Quartet, can be heard on AUR’s America’s Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax, Volume XIV presenting the North American premiere recording of Gavin Bryar’s Alaric I or II.

In addition to his duo with composer and pianist Michael Djupstrom, Wintringham performs regularly as a member of the Bando/Wintringham Duo. Together with renowned saxophonist and Professor of Saxophone at the Tokyo School of Music and the Kunitachi School of Music, Kuninobu Bando, the Tokyo-based chamber ensemble has received numerous accolades for their international performances since their formation in 2009. Jonathan further served as a member of several recording and award-winning chamber ensembles including the Presidio Saxophone Quartet, the Catalina Saxophone Quartet, the Taleus Saxophone Quartet and the saxophone trio, Trikaya.

Wintringham is currently a teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music where he is pursuing a Master of Music degree in Saxophone Performance and Literature under the instruction of Chien-Kwan Lin. Holding a Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Arizona, Jonathan’s instructors have included Timothy McAllister, Nobuya Sugawa, Masato Kumoi, Kelland Thomas and Asako Inoue.  Furthermore, he has performed in masterclass settings for Masataka Hirano, Hitomi Hara, John Sampen and James Umble.

Wintringham is an Astral Performing Artist and an endorsing artist for’s RooPads



_DSC0268Kevin (Jiaqi) Zhao is a junior Saxophone Performance major from Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin’s studio at the Eastman School of Music. 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 Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP) and the Eastman Wind Ensemble.

He was born in JinZhou of LiaoNing Province in China. He began to study saxophone and piano when he was 7 years old. He was admitted to the Middle School attached to the Central Conservatory Of Music in 2005. During his studies there, he played 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. He is also an accomplished pianist.

Kevin has won multiple prizes in competitions, including 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, 1st prize in the LISMA Woodwind Competition in 2013.