Saxophone Studio

Meet The Studio



“A major force in the saxophone world,” (American Record Guide) internationally acclaimed saxophonist and recording artist Jonathan Wintringham has been described as “absolutely stunning…nothing short of a virtuoso,” (‘The Sax’ Magazine, Japan) and “a saxophonist of unusual sophistication…changing his color in ways so sensitive that he bordered on alchemist” (Philadelphia Inquirer). “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, master classes and residencies throughout the United States, Canada, China, England, Japan, and Mexico. An advocate of contemporary music, Jonathan has contributed to the addition of over forty new works for saxophone, including collaborations with composers Michael Djupstrom, Marc Mellits, Ted Goldman, Steven Bryant, Greg Wanamaker, Drew Krause, Jonathan Russell, Adam Gorb, Graham Lynch, and many more.

In 2015, Wintringham received the S&R Foundation’s Washington Award for his “dynamism, vision and exceptional creativity.” As a soloist, he has received first place awards in more than twenty competitions, including the 2015 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Chamber Music Competition, the 2015 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, the 2013 Astral Artists National Auditions, the 2013 MTNA National Young Artist Competition, the 2011 Arizona State University Concerto Competition, the 2009 Tucson Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the 2009 University of Arizona President’s Concerto Competition, and the 2008 Tucson Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition. As a result of the 2014 Mahler Philharmoniker’s International Auditions, Wintringham was selected as the first saxophonist to join the MPhil Artist’s Roster, based in Vienna, Austria. Other awards include the 2014 and 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Classical Solo Competitions, the 2012 & 2008 MTNA National Chamber Music Competitions, the 2012 & 2008 MTNA National Young Artist Competitions, the 2008 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition and the 2013 William C. Byrd Concerto Competition. Additionally, Wintringham was awarded a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music for demonstrating outstanding performing abilities, as well as Eastman’s John Celentano Award for excellence in chamber music.

Wintringham has performed alongside many world-renowned musicians including Timothy McAllister, Masato Kumoi, the Masato Kumoi Saxophone Quartet, and Kazuhiro Takagi, former concertmaster of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, Jonathan was invited to premiere Alex Orfaly’s Divertissement No. 2 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 (England), the Xinghai Conservatory (China), Chongqing Normal University (China), the Kunitachi College of Music (Japan), Temple University, Arizona State University, and the University of Arizona, and was the first featured Artist in Residence at the Zennor Music Series in Cornwall, England. Jonathan was the first classical saxophonist to be featured on American Public Media’s Performance Today: Young Artists in Residence, and has been interviewed and invited to perform for several other television and radio shows including FOX News, WXXI, 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.

Wintringham is currently the soprano saxophone chair of the award-winning chamber ensemble, the East End Quartet, whose performances have been described as “deep and powerful, sweet and high, fast and madcap” (SILive). Today, East End is rapidly gaining recognition for its unique approach to programming, which features close collaboration with composers, in-house arrangements, and an eclectic range of their own transcriptions. East End will release its debut album in the fall of 2016, featuring the music of J.S. Bach, Michael Djupstrom, Jun Nagao, Astor Piazzolla, and more. 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. Jonathan further served as a member of several recording and award-winning chamber ensembles including the Presidio Saxophone Quartet, and the saxophone trio, Trikaya.

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 Kunitachi College of Music, Kuninobu Bando, the Tokyo-based chamber ensemble has received numerous accolades for their international performances since their formation in 2009. The duo’s debut album was released in May 2015 in Tokyo’s Izumi Hall, and features world-premiere recordings of music by Ted Goldman, Randall Cornelison, Ken Thomson, and Izumi Matsumoto, as well as the music of Astor Piazzolla and Marc Mellits. The duo’s latest project paired them with trailblazing composer Jonathan Russell and the Eastman Wind Ensemble for the premiere of Russell’s new double-concerto, Fantasy on Five. Commissioned by the duo, the world-premiere took place in the spring of 2016, during the US-based portion of their CD release tour.

Wintringham holds a Master of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree from The University of Arizona. His instructors have included Timothy McAllister, Nobuya Sugawa, Chien-Kwan Lin, Masato Kumoi, Kelland Thomas and Asako Inoue. Furthermore, he has performed in master class settings for Vincent David, Claude Delangle, Masataka Hirano, Hitomi Hara, Lars Mlekusch, John Sampen, Kenneth Tse, and James Umble. He has participated in several of the world’s most prestigious fine arts programs, including the Hamamatsu International Wind Instrument Academy and Festival in 2008 and 2009. As a recipient of the University of Arizona’s Undergraduate Research Grant and the Eastman School of Music’s Professional Development Grant, Jonathan has performed significant research involving the role of saxophone in Japan, including a six-month Tokyo based investigation into the inner workings of the collegiate training systems and musical cultures of Japan.

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


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.


Nicki Roman is regarded as a highly active, diverse and emerging concert saxophonist. She has been a prize winner in the Music Teacher’s National Association Young Artist Solo Competition, the North American Saxophone Alliance Solo Competition, William C. Byrd International Competition and is the first classical saxophonist to be the recipient of the International Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship.

Having performed across North America, Europe and Asia, Nicki has shared solo and chamber music performances at numerous venues throughout the globe. She has been a concerto soloist with orchestras such as the Eastman Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra and the University of North Florida Orchestra. As an active soloist, she has presented performances at major venues such as the Krannert Center for Performing Arts, Rio All-Suite Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, Brevard Summer Music Festival, Université Européenne de Saxophone, Eastman School of Music and the University of Illinois. In addition, she has presented recitals and masterclasses for students at the University of North Florida, University of South Florida, Nazareth College, Manfield University and Frostburg State University.

Nicki is a member of the Fuego Quartet, an award-winning chamber group devoted to the performance of both standard and contemporary works written for the saxophone. Most recently, they were awarded the Gold Medal in the 2017 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Other achievements have included first prize in the 2017 Plowman Chamber Music Competition, second prize in the 2017 MTNA Young Artist Chamber Competition, first prize in the 198th Army Band College Chamber Competition, winners of the Eastman Honors Chamber Competition and are the recipients of the Eastman School of Music’s John Celentano Award for Excellence in Chamber Music. In 2015, Nicki was a soloist with the Alaric Quartet in Michael Colgrass’ Urban Requiem at the College Band Director’s National Association Conference in Nashville, TN. A strong advocate for new music, she has also collaborated with the Møthertung Ensemble, [Switch~ Ensemble], Ossia New Music and the Illinois Modern Ensemble.

Along with being a highly active solo and chamber musician, Nicki’s dedication to music education is at the forefront of her musical career. She currently serves as Assistant Director to the Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP) and has given performances with the group in Asia at the Shanghai Summer Saxophone Camp, the APBDA conference at Beijing’s National Center for Performing Arts and at Shandong University of Arts. Nicki has held the coveted position of saxophone teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Illinois, where she taught saxophone methods courses, coached chamber music and taught applied saxophone. She has also served on the faculty at the Eastman Summer Saxophone Institute (ESSI), the Illinois Summer Youth Music Camps (ISYM) and the Young Saxophonist’s Institute (YSI). Her students have gone on to win prestigious competitions and awards such as the Thomas J. Smith Scholarship Competition and been members of all-state and regional bands. During past summers, she has served on staff at the Interlochen Arts Camp and the Brevard Music Center. She currently teaches applied saxophone at the Eastman Community Music School.

Nicki is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree with a certificate in Collegiate Music Teaching and a minor in pedagogy at the Eastman School of Music. In addition, she is a recipient of the prestigious Eastman Performer’s Certificate. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received her MM in Performance and Literature while studying with Debra Richtmeyer. Prior to that, she completed her undergraduate studies in performance at the University of North Florida (UNF) Music Flagship Program, where she was the first to receive the Most Outstanding Musician Award all four years. Ms. Roman has also been the recipient of the George E. MacNaab Scholarship, the A.A. Harding Band Award and is an active member of the North American Saxophone Alliance, College Music Society and Mu Phi Epsilon. Her primary teachers have been Chien-Kwan Lin, Debra Richtmeyer, Dale Underwood, Joseph Lulloff, Michael Bovenzi and Bunky Green.


Zach Stern enjoys a career as a saxophone soloist, chamber musician, and educator. Performances have taken him all over the world, including to such venues as Carnegie Hall, Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. As both a soloist and a founding member of the Donald Sinta Quartet, Zach has received top prizes at many of the country’s most respected competitions including the M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition, the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Fischoff and Coleman Chamber Music Competitions, the University of Michigan Concerto Competition, and the Young Texas Artists Competition. He has performed as a featured soloist with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, the French Republican Guard Band, the Dallas Winds, the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and the South Oakland Concert Band (MI).

Zach maintains a private studio while also teaching at the Eastman Community Music School in Rochester, NY. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music with Professor Chien-Kwan Lin. Zach also serves as a teaching assistant for the Eastman saxophone studio.

Prior to his studies at Eastman, Zach earned his Master of Music degree and his Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance and Music Education at the University of Michigan, where he served as the teaching assistant to Professor Donald Sinta and received the Laurence Teal Scholarship Award. He has also studied with Dr. Scott Plugge.

Zach has presented master classes at Columbus State University, SUNY-Potsdam Crane School of Music, Wright State University, the University of Miami Frost School of Music, the Conservatory of Music of the Balearic Islands, Grand Valley State University, Brevard Music Center, as well as other universities, high schools, and middle schools around the country, and he has served as saxophone instructor at the Expressions Music Academy in Novi, MI. Zach currently presents saxophone and clarinet clinics at public schools and universities throughout the state of New York as a clinician for the D’Addario Woodwinds Method Program.

He is a Conn-Selmer Artist and performs exclusively on Selmer-Paris saxophones and mouthpieces


Jiaqi (Kevin) Zhao is currently a first year Doctorate student at Eastman School of Music, majoring in Saxophone Performance and Literature with Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin. He received his Bachelor’s degree also at Eastman, and pursued his Master’s degree at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) under Debra Richtmeyer.

Kevin was born in Jinzhou of Liaoning Province in China and began studying piano from his mother at age four. He started learning saxophone at age seven and at twelve, was admitted to the Middle School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music of China. During his studies, Kevin became principal saxophonist in the Youth Band of China and gave his first solo recital when he was a sophomore in high school. Kevin is also an accomplished pianist and won prizes for both piano and saxophone during his high school years, such as 3rd Prize in the CADANZA Piano Competition (2007), 2nd Prize in the Beijing Music Festival Piano Competition (2009), and 3rd Prize in the International Woodwind Competition (2009).

During his college and graduate years, Kevin won 1st Prize in the LISMA Woodwind Competition (2013), 2nd Prize in Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition (2015), Finalist in North American Saxophone Alliance Solo Competition (2016), and 4th Place in the 5th Jean-Marie LONDEIX International Saxophone Competition (JLMISC) held in Bangkok (2017).  He also won Eastman’s concerto competition as a junior and performed the Rhapsody by Andre Waineign with the Eastman Graduate Orchestra.  Kevin has also played in masterclasses for Griffin Campbell, Claude Delangle, Otis Murphy, Timothy McAllister, Kenneth Tse, Carrie Koffman, Nikita Zimin, and Jean-Michel Goury.

As a chamber musician, Kevin consistently plays in saxophone quartets as well as the Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP). Together with the Finja Saxophone Quartet at Eastman, Kevin won 1st Prize in the 198th Army Band Ensemble Competition (2013) and 1st Prize in the MTNA National Wind Chamber Music Competition (2014). While at UIUC, Aegean Quartet has shared the stage with the Illinois Wind Orchestra at Krannert Center, was invited to record a video to represent the saxophone studio, and performed in many composition faculty recitals. A member of the Eastman Saxophone Project for four years, Kevin performed in many places including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.



Ye Wang was born in Yantai, a beautiful coastal city in Eastern China. At age 9, Ye fell in love with saxophone and started her musical journey;  she left her hometown when she was 12 to study at the Middle School Attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.   

After graduating from the high school division of the Central Conservatory, Ye continues to pursue her dreams at Tianjin Conservatory of Music. As an undergraduate, Ye took active part in school concert and other performance opportunities. As an honor of her outstanding performance, Ye received the Presidential Scholarship every single year. In 2008, Ye was recommended by the school to participate in the International Orchestral Music Festival and won the first prize in the woodwind group.

After graduating from college, Ye continues her education at Eastman School of Music, she is currently pursuing a MM degree in Saxophone performance in the studio of Dr. Chien- Kwan Lin.

Besides solo work, Ye is also enthusiastic about collaborating with other players. She performs as members of Eastman Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Mark Scatterday and Eastman Saxophone Project under Professor Chien-Kwan Lin. Ye also enjoys being the alto saxophone of “Highland” Quartet.


Chaithu Natarajan is in his fourth year of undergraduate studies with Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin, and has been playing the saxophone since 5th grade. His past teachers include Kenneth Ellison and Darryl Yokley.

He has competed and won prizes for both solo and chamber settings in prestigious competitions such as the Golden Key Music Festival, Music-fest: Rising Talents, the Coltman Chamber Music Competition, the Empire State Competition, and others. He was a 2013 Grand Prix winner, and a 2-time 2014 Grand Prix winner at the Music-fest: Rising Talents competition, receiving the privilege to perform at Carnegie Hall, NY in both quartet and chamber music settings. He also won Gold Prize at the prestigious Golden Key Music Festival (2014) with his saxophone quartet, and played at Carnegie Hall once more.
Chaithu has performed in master classes for Dr. James Umble, the New Century Saxophone Quartet, PRISM, and more. His work outside of Eastman has earned him the tremendous opportunity to record with and play for AIR (All India Radio), India’s largest radio network and public broadcaster.
One of his passions is community outreach through music, and he has organized and performed in several musical fundraisers to support many nonprofit organizations, including Kiva Microfunds, the Clinton Foundation in Haiti, and Jeevan Gnanodaya. He raised $10,000 as a member for the Altruistic Artists Foundation, an organization created to raise awareness of teen depression, mental illness and homelessness. He also maintains a private studio in New Jersey.

Chaithu is currently a BA/BM dual-degree student at the Eastman School of Music and University of Rochester, and is finishing up degrees in saxophone performance and business.

Colin Crake, a junior from Fairfax, VA, is pursuing his Bachelor’s of Music in Saxophone Performance under the instruction of Professor Chien-Kwan Lin.

During his high school years in Fairfax, he performed regularly in several honor bands in orchestras, including the Northern Virginia Youth Winds, the American Youth Philharmonic, the All Virginia Symphonic Band, and the All Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

Since attending Eastman, Colin was garnered several accolades from various competitions, including the first prize from the 2017 Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition, and recently had the honor of advancing to the semi-finals of the 2017 Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition in Bangkok, Thailand.

As a chamber musician, Colin was a founding member of the Iizuna Quartet. Iizuna was an Eastman-based saxophone quartet that regularly gave recitals, performing both standard and contemporary repertoire. They have had the distinct pleasure of performing in various venues throughout the US, including the 2017 International Saxophone Symposium in Washington, DC, and the 2017 Coltman Chamber Competition in Austin, TX.

Colin has had the opportunity to perform in masterclasses taught by Carrie Koffman and the PRISM Quartet, and previously studied with Ed Fraedrich. Colin is currently 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. 

Jeremy Howell, from Austin, Texas, is currently in his third year of undergraduate studies in saxophone performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. With the goal of sharing his love of music with a large audience, Jeremy has performed in ten different countries, and has performed nationwide including several notable venues such as NYC Carnegie Hall, Chicago Midwest Clinic, and the the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium.

Previously, Jeremy has held the principal position in the inaugural year of the Texas Youth Wind Symphony. He has also been principal/member of the Eastman Wind Orchestra, Honor Band of America, World Youth Wind Symphony, and the TMEA All-State Symphonic Band. He is a current member of the Eastman Saxophone Project as well as the Eastman Wind Ensemble.

Since joining the saxophone studio at Eastman, Jeremy has received multiple prizes in various national and state wide competitions including finalist of the MTNA National Competition, Eastern MTNA Competition 1st prize, the Empire State Competition 2nd prize, and, as a member of the Iizuna Saxophone Quartet, semi-finalist of the Coltman Chamber Music Competition.

Currently studying with Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin, Jeremy has previously studied with Dr. Stephen Page, Harvey Pittel, and Jim Trimmier. He has performed in masterclasses with the PRISM Quartet, Zzyzx Quartet, James Umble, Stephen Page, Griffin Campbell, Timothy McAllister, Taimur Sullivan, Zach Shemon and Kuninobu Bando.

Clancy Ellis, a sophomore from Merritt Island, Florida, is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music Performance at Eastman under the direction of Chien-Kwan Lin. He is a member of the Eastman Saxophone Project, directed by Chien-Kwan Lin, and the Eastman Wind Orchestra, directed by Mark Scatterday. Clancy is also the tenor saxophonist of the Scio quartet. Clancy’s previous teachers include James Bishop and Dan Ferri. He has also studied with Dr. Frederick Hemke, Dr. John Sampen, and Dr. Gail Levinsky. Clancy has attended saxophone workshops throughout America, including the Interlochen Saxophone Institute and the Frederick L. Hemke Saxophone Institute; in addition, he has performed in master classes for Dr. Timothy McAllister, Taimur Sullivan, and Marcus Weiss. 

Siobhan Plouffe, a native of Rochester NY, is pursuing a dual degree in Saxophone Performance and Audio and Music Engineering. Her love of math and science was cultivated within her family of engineers, however, her love of the saxophone began when she picked it up in 4th grade and instantly fell in love. Since then, she has had the opportunity to study with many talented teachers including Kristin Bayer, Katherine Weintraub and Chien-Kwan Lin. In addition, she has taken master classes from Tim McAllister, Taimur Sullivan, Zach Shemon and the Ancia quartet. Siobhan has attended many saxophone institutes across the country including the Eastman Summer Saxophone Institute and the Interlochen Saxophone Institute. While a student at Irondequoit High School, Siobhan participated in NYSSMA and MCSMA solo festivals and was the principal saxophonist in the Monroe All County Band in 2014, 2015 and 2016. During this period, Siobhan also enjoyed participating in the Hochstein Youth Wind Symphony under the direction of Casey Springstead and later John Rolland. For the past year, Siobhan has been a member of the esteemed Scio Quartet and they were lucky enough to perform at the International Saxophone Symposium last January. Currently, Siobhan is a member of the Eastman Wind Orchestra, directed by Dr. Mark Scatterday and the Eastman Saxophone Project, directed by Professor Chien-Kwan Lin.

Michael C. Matthews (’20) is a native of Greenville, South Carolina who is a Saxophone Performance student at the Eastman School of Music where he studies with Chien-Kwan Lin. Michael has been playing saxophone since age eleven, and has since enjoyed participating in various honor bands such as the SCBDA All-State and Region bands, as well as Greenville County honor bands. Michael has also participated in MTNA competitions at the state and division level. He has spent his summers at the Carolina Summer Music Conservatory and the Brevard Music Festival. Before beginning his studies with Dr. Lin, Michael had been a student of Matt Olson and Kyra Zhang. Michael performs with the Eastman Saxophone Project, Scio Quartet (Clancy Ellis, Siobhan Plouffe, Uday Singh), and the Eastman Wind Orchestra. While he’s not in the practice room or on stage, Michael can be found in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes or hanging with his cat Cocoa. After graduating from Eastman, Michael plans to continue studying saxophone and create an active career in solo and chamber music as well as teaching.

Uday Singh hails from Saratoga, California and is pursuing a degree in Saxophone Performance. As a soloist Uday has received the highest awards at annual CMEA Solo & Ensemble festivals for 5 consecutive years. He has also had the honor of performing solo with his high school orchestra as the winner of its 2016 Concerto Competition. As an active ensemble musician he has played leading positions in the California All State Bands and the Santa Clara County Honor Band. Uday was also very active in his school’s music community, participating in the same award winning band that performed in President Obama’s 2008 Inauguration. To cap his high school music career Uday was awarded the Louis Armstrong award for the highest level of interscholastic achievement in music.

In parallel with his focus on music performance, Uday has also been dedicated to helping and coaching other musicians in his community. Throughout high school he was a leader in the MESH program, which enabled him to work directly with middle school music students. Uday also worked as a counselor and saxophone instructor at the Cazadero Performing Arts Camp where he had the chance to share his love for the saxophone with other younger musicians. Uday previously studied with Dale Wolford, an active musician, soprano chair of the Premiere Saxophone Quartet, and San Francisco Bay Area Educator. Currently Uday studies at the Eastman School of Music in the studio of Chien-Kwan Lin. He is currently a member of the Scio Quartet, which recently made it’s public debut at the Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium where it performed for a large audience of musicians, educators, and composers.  At Eastman he is also a part of the Eastman Wind Orchestra, the Eastman Saxophone Project, and the Eastman Jazz Lab Band.

Lucas Kremer, a freshman from Northern Virginia, is currently pursuing a double major in Saxophone Performance and Music Education at the Eastman School of Music. During his high school career, Lucas has served as principal alto saxophonist with the Northern Virginia Youth Winds, All-Virginia Symphonic Band,

Virginia All-District XI Symphonic Band, and has served as a guest saxophonist with the American Youth Philharmonic. In 2016, he performed as a soloist in the High School Honors Recital at the U.S. Navy Band’s International Saxophone Symposium. At his high school, he performed with the Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble, and performed with the marching band at the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade. He attended numerous summer music programs, including the Eastman Summer Saxophone Institute and the Interlochen Saxophone Institute. He has performed in masterclasses by Chien-Kwan Lin, James Umble, Jeremy Koch, and Edward Goodman.

At Eastman, Lucas performs with the Eastman Wind Orchestra under the direction of Mark Scatterday and the Eastman Saxophone Project under the direction of Chien-Kwan Lin. He currently studies saxophone with Chien-Kwan Lin and has previously studied with Edward Fraedrich.