Meet The Studio
DOCTOR OF MUSICAL ARTS
“A major force in the saxophone world,” (American Record Guide) internationally acclaimed saxophonist and recording artist Jonathan Wintringham has been described as “absolutely stunning” and “nothing short of a virtuoso” (‘The Sax’ Magazine, Japan). “Possessing a confidence and grace that comes from somewhere beyond experience,” (Arizona Daily Star) “he phrases with an artistic awareness well beyond his years; and he tackles the postmodernist content of his program with extreme volume shifts [and] daring color changes” (ARG). He has given recitals, masterclasses and residencies throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, England and Japan.
Wintringham has received awards in numerous competitions including the Astral Artists National Auditions, the Mahler Philharmonic Artists Auditions, the MTNA National Young Artist Competition and Chamber Music Competition, the NASA Classical Solo Competition, the Yamaha YPA Competition, the Arizona State University Concerto Competition, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, the University of Arizona President’s Concerto Competition, the Tucson Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the William C. Byrd Concerto Competition.
Wintringham has performed alongside many world-renowned musicians including Timothy McAllister, Masato Kumoi, Kazuhiro Takagi, concertmaster of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and as a member of the New World Symphony Orchestra. He has given guest artist recitals and masterclasses at numerous institutions including the Eastman School of Music, the London College of Music, Arizona State University, and the University of Arizona and was the first featured Artist in Residence at the Zennor Music Series in Cornwall, England. Additionally, he was the first saxophonist in history to be featured on APM’s Performance Today: Young Artist in Residence. His debut CD, Walimai, has been broadcast internationally on England’s BBC and Japan’s FMN1, and is available on the Equilibrium (Albany) label.
Wintringham is a Conn-Selmer artist, and plays Selmer (Paris) saxophones exclusively. He is also an Astral Performing Artist, an MPhil Artist and an endorsing artist for MusicMedic.com’s RooPads.
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. Most recently, she was named 1 of 8 finalists in the 2016 Pershing’s Own National Collegiate Solo Competition and was awarded 2nd prize 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 an educator, 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 currently teaches applied saxophone at the Eastman Community Music School (ECMS) and is the director of the New Horizons Saxophone Ensemble. She has also served on the faculty at the Eastman Summer Saxophone Institute (ESSI) and the Illinois Summer Youth Music Camps (ISYM). Her students have gone 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.
Having performed across North America, Europe and Asia, Nicki has shared solo and chamber music performances at numerous venues throughout the globe. She has presented solo performances at 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, University of Illinois, University of North Florida and the University of South Florida. She has given concerto performances with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, the University of North Florida Orchestra and was a finalist for the 2015 Sinfonia da Camera Concerto Competition. As a member of the Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP), she has given performances 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 soprano saxophone chair of the Fuego Quartet and the Alaric Saxophone Quartet. Alaric 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. Currently, she is a member of the Fuego Quartet whom have been featured artists at the Strong National Museum of Play, The George Eastman Museum, Dorris Carlson Reading Garden, The Washington Square Concert Series and [Col][lab]. Most recently, they were selected as winners of the 2015 Honors Chamber Music Competition at the Eastman School of Music and were semi-finalists in the 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition. A strong advocate for new music, Nicki is a core member of Møthertung Ensemble, a new music trio whom is dedicated to premiering new works for piano, saxophone and drumset. She has also worked and collaborated with the [Switch~ Ensemble], Ossia New Music and the Illinois Modern Ensemble.
Nicki is the first classical saxophonist to be a recipient of the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree with a certificate in Collegiate Music Teaching under the direction of Chien-Kwan Lin. 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 recipient to receive the Most Outstanding Musician Award all four years. 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. 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. His performing and teaching schedule has taken him all over the world, including such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. As a soloist, he won the 2013 University of Michigan Concerto Competition, as well as 2nd Prize in the Winds Division of the 2010 Young Texas Artists Music Competition. He has performed as a featured soloist with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the South Oakland Concert Band (MI), the Saline High School Wind Ensemble (MI), and the Kingwood Park High School Symphonic Band (TX).
As the alto saxophonist of the acclaimed Donald Sinta Quartet, he won the First Prize in the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Alice Coleman Grand Prize in the 2013 Coleman Chamber Music Competition, and the First Prize in the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, as well as Second Prize in the inaugural M-Prize Competition. The group performed William Bolcom’s Concerto Grosso for Saxophone Quartet and Band as soloists with the Paris Republican Guard Wind Orchestra at the 2015 World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, the Dallas Wind Symphony, and the UM Symphony Band during its 2011 China Tour. Other international engagements include recitals in France, Greece, Japan, Scotland, and Switzerland. DSQ has performed at some of the country’s most prestigious summer music festivals, such as Bravo! Vail (CO), Music from Angel Fire (NM), the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival (MI), and the Lake George Music Festival (NY). Through the group’s National Composition Competition and other commissions, DSQ has been a strong proponent of encouraging and presenting new music from today’s aspiring and established composers.
Before moving to Rochester, Zach maintained a private saxophone studio in the Ann Arbor and Metro-Detroit areas, having previously held positions as the UM Graduate Student Instructor for the Saxophone Studio and as the Saxophone Instructor at the Expressions Music Academy. He has given master classes at Columbus State University, Wright State University, Grand Valley State University, Brevard Music Center, and other universities, high schools, and middle schools. Zach is also a D’Addario Reserve Method Program Clinician, and gives saxophone and clarinet clinics to public schools and universities across the state of New York.
Zach is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music. Both of his prior degrees (Master of Music in Saxophone Performance and his Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance with Teacher Certification) are from the University of Michigan, where he served as the Teaching Assistant to Professor Donald Sinta and received the Laurence Teal Scholarship Award. Prior to his studies at UM, Zach studied with Dr. Scott Plugge.
Zach is a Conn-Selmer artist, and plays on Selmer-Paris saxophones exclusively.
MASTER OF MUSIC
Harrison 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 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 second year of a master’s degree in saxophone performance at the Eastman School of Music. Gabriel has been a featured soloist with groups including the Augusta Symphony Orchestra and the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble. He has been a finalist for numerous competitions and is the most recent winner of the 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance Solo Competition.
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 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.
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.
Originally hailing from Ellicott City, Maryland, Tyler Wiessner is a first year masters student. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education and saxophone performance from Eastman, and is a recipient of the school’s Performer’s Certificate and John Celentano Award for Excellence in Chamber Music. His primary saxophone teacher is Chien-Kwan Lin, under whose direction Tyler performs regularly with the acclaimed Eastman Saxophone Project. In 2015, he was honored as the first prize winner of the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition, which included the opportunity to premiere Matt Levy’s Found, for alto sax and string quartet, at the 2015 Music for All Festival in Indianapolis. As a member of the Finja Saxophone Quartet, Tyler has been awarded first prize at the 2014 MTNA National Wind Chamber Music Competition. He was also named a semi-finalist at the 2014 International Saxophone Symposium and Competition (ISSAC). Masterclass experience includes performances for Griffin Campbell, Lars Mlekusch, Claude Delangle, Kenneth Tse, Otis Murphy, and John Sampen.
Aiwen Zhang was born in Hangzhou, People’s Republic of China. She is currently an graduate 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.
BACHELOR OF MUSIC
Lauritz 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.
Stephanie Venturino, a native of Rochester, N.Y., is a senior saxophone performance and music theory major at the Eastman School of Music. An active ensemble musician, Stephanie is a member of the Highland Saxophone Quartet, the Eastman Saxophone Project, 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). Stephanie was also awarded Eastman’s prestigious Performer’s Certificate, an award given for outstanding jury performance. In addition to playing at prestigious venues such as Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.) and the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Beijing, China), 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 Claude Delangle, Jérôme Laran, John Sampen, Griffin Campbell, Susan Fancher, and Paul Cohen; her teachers have included Chien-Kwan Lin, Douglas O’Connor, Chih-Huan Wu, and Nicki Roman.
In addition to her saxophone studies, Stephanie is an aspiring music theorist and pedagogue. Her undergraduate thesis centers on a semiotic approach to the rarely-analyzed solo wind music of twentieth-century French composer André Jolivet. Her other interests include German harmonic theory, French impressionist harmony, and atonal aural skills pedagogy. A recipient of awards from the University of Rochester (Mildred R. Burton Fund) and the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, Stephanie studied in Germany (Berlin and Freiburg im Bresigau) 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.
Chaithu 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 sophomore from Fairfax, VA, is pursuing a bachelor’s degrees in Saxophone Performance the Eastman School of Music. 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, a two-year member of the VBODA All-Virginia Band, and was selected as principal saxophonist in several youth orchestras, including the American Youth Philharmonic, the 2014 VBODA Senior Regional Orchestra, and the 2015 VBODA All-State Orchestra. Colin has performed in a masterclass by Carrie Koffman. He has previously studied with 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 being selected as a finalist for the National MTNA competition, being recognized as one of three Outstanding Soloists from the Disney Music Festival, and receiving 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.
Clancy Ellis is a transfer student from Merritt Island, Florida. After spending one year at Stetson University in Deland, Florida, he is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance at Eastman under the direction of Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin. Before coming to Eastman, Clancy studied saxophone with James Bishop for almost six years. Clancy began playing saxophone in middle school and has been a member of the Florida All-State Symphonic Band as well as the Brevard County All-County band, where he was first chair two years in row. He has also played in the Stetson University Jazz Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band, were he was a principle player. He is currently a member of the Eastman Wind Orchestra and the Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP). Clancy has successfully led numerous saxophone quartets for several years, and was the soprano chair of the Stetson University Saxophone Quartet during his time at the institution. Clancy has attended saxophone workshops throughout America, including the Interlochen Saxophone Institute and the Frederick L. Hemke Saxophone Institute. In addition to his primary teacher, Clancy has worked with many renowned saxophonists, including Dr. Frederick Hemke, Dr. John Sampen, Dr. Gail Levinsky, Dr. Nathan Nabb and members of the PRISM quartet. Not limiting his musical abilities to just saxophone, Clancy also plays piano and has studied orchestral conducting with Dr. Timothy Peter and Joseph Kreines; he has conducted several chamber ensembles and the pit orchestra for two full-scale musicals.
Michael C. Matthews, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, is a freshman 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 Professor Lin, Michael had been a student of Matt Olson and Kyra Zhang. He has performed masterclasses for Joseph Lulloff, Taimur Sullivan, Clifford Leaman, Erik Franklin, Sonja Coppenbarger, Geoffrey Deibel, and many more. Michael performs with the Eastman Saxophone Project, his freshman saxophone quartet, 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. After graduating from Eastman, Michael plans to continue studying saxophone and create an active career in solo and chamber music as well as teaching.
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. For the past five years she has played the soprano saxophone in the award winning saxophone quartet, Sfourzando, which won the 198th Army Band Reserve Competition in 2013 and was a runner up in 2014. 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. 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.
Uday Singh hails from Saratoga, California and is pursuing degrees in Saxophone Performance and Music Education. He discovered saxophone at age 9 and since then it has become a central force in his life. 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 Band for two years, the Santa Clara County Honor Band for three years, and the Idyllwild Arts Summer Wind Ensemble for one year. 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. He also performed in the 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, marched in the 2016 Rose Parade, and premiered Yo Goto’s A Wild Rose Above while on a concert tour in Spain. 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. He has had the opportunity to play under Dr. Mallory Thompson and Dr. Andrew Boysen Jr.. 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 fo Chien-Kwan Lin. His quartet, the Scio Saxophone Quartet, 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