Saxophone Studio

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…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 MusicMedic.com’s RooPads.

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Jiaqi (Kevin) Zhao is currently a 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), 4th Place in the 5th Jean-Marie LONDEIX International Saxophone Competition (JLMISC) held in Bangkok (2017) and the winner of MTNA Young Artist Solo Competition (2019) .  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.


A native of Myrtle Beach, SC, Anne Kunkle earned her Bachelor of Music degree with High Distinction as a double major in Saxophone Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music, where she was a student of Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin. In the Spring of 2019, Anne earned her Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a student of Professor Debra Richtmeyer.

Anne has presented a recital at the Chicago Cultural Center as the First Prize and Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarship recipient of the 2018 Musician’s Club of Women Scholarship auditions. She also won the First Prize at the 2016 Empire State Collegiate Instrumental Competition, organized by the New York State Music Teachers Association.

As soprano player in the Khroma Saxophone Quartet, Anne earned the Silver Medal at the 2019 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition in the Senior Winds Division. The quartet was also selected to perform a recital at the 2018 Midwest Band Conference in Chicago, IL. In addition to chamber music, Anne also possesses a broad range of performance experience, having performed with a wide variety of large ensembles such as the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Musica Nova, Eastman Philharmonia, as well as the Illinois Wind Symphony which performed at Lincoln Center in 2018. Anne has performed with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and has recorded Shostakovich’s Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1 and Suite of Variety Orchestra No. 1, as well as Youman’s Tahiti Trot (Tea for Two) with the ensemble.

As a member of the innovative and creative ensemble, the Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP), Anne has performed at the prestigious Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. In 2016, she traveled with ESP to China, where she performed at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, as well as concert venues in the cities of Jinan, Ningbo, and Shanghai. The group has performed her arrangements of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Jazz Suite No. 1 and Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.

Anne is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, where she serves as the ESP Assistant Director, teaches at the Eastman Community Music School, and is a mentor for the New Horizons Music program.


MASTER OF MUSIC

Saxophonist Raleigh Fagerhaug is a performer and teacher based in Rochester, New York. Raleigh studies saxophone with Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin at the Eastman School of Music, and previously studied privately with Dr. Noa Even at Kent State University. Raleigh has a wide variety of performing experience, including four years as principal saxophonist in the KSU Wind Ensemble, as well as participation in New Music Ensemble, KSU Orchestra, and many chamber ensembles. Raleigh is also an experienced Music Educator, having taught many different age groups, and in many different settings, from private lessons to full sized band rehearsals.

Raleigh was recognized for his performing abilities and leadership at Kent State. His peers awarded him with the Edward L. Masters Award as a First-years, and with the Roy D. Metcalf Award for “Outstanding Bandsmen,” in his Senior year.  He was also the winner of Kent State’s Concerto Competition in the Undergraduate Division in 2015-16. Raleigh also participated as a student in many saxophone masterclasses, receiving critique and instruction from some of the finest saxophone pedagogues including Nate Nabb, Nick Zoulek, Julia Nolan, Phil Pierick, Jean-Michel Goury, and Connie Frigo.


Hailing from the Washington D.C. area, Drake Stoughton is currently a graduate student at the Eastman School of Music where he studies saxophone performance and literature under Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin. He is an active performer, arranger, and educator who continually seeks out varying perspectives regarding both saxophone pedagogy and musical approach. His previous mentors include Raaf Hekkema, who teaches at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, and Dr. Timothy Roberts, professor of saxophone at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA.

Stoughton received a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree at Shenandoah Conservatory in 2018 and has participated in musical outreach around the Northern Virginia area in predominantly K-12 schools. He has worked with students of all ages from diverse backgrounds in both private lessons and large classroom settings. In 2018 he was recognized for his achievement in this area when the Shenandoah Conservatory music education department presented him with the undergraduate award for excellence in instrumental music education.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, Stoughton had the opportunity to study in The Hague Netherlands on a Fulbright Grant. He worked under the tutelage of saxophonist Raaf Hekkema primarily focusing on arranging for the saxophone. While in the Netherlands, Stoughton also performed at De Gashouder in Amsterdam as principle saxophone of the Luzifers Tanz scene from the much-anticipated Aus Licht project in June of 2019. This staged performance compiled key selections from Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Licht cycle as part of the Netherlands oldest and most prestigious performing arts event, The Holland Festival.

As a performer, Stoughton has played in a multitude of both solo and chamber ensemble settings across the United States and Europe. Some of his accolades include first prize in the Shenandoah Conservatory Concerto Competition in 2018 and third prize in the National Glen Miller Birthplace Society Scholarship Competition in 2014. In 2019 he received third prize in the Grote Kamermuziekprijs Competition with the Tellurian Saxophone Quartet and was a finalist in the 2018 MTNA Young Artist Woodwind National Competition. Stoughton has performed at both the International Navy Saxophone Symposium, the 18th World Saxophone Congress, and in 2017 was presented with the Presser Foundation Award for his merit as an instrumental performer. Additionally, he also has played in masterclasses for saxophonists such as Claude Delangle, Vincent David, Mariano Garcia, and William Street.


Jeffrey Allardyce is an aspiring saxophone performer and teacher from West Michigan. Currently a graduate teaching assistant in his first year as a master’s student at the Eastman School of Music, he is under the tutelage of Professor Chien-Kwan Lin.

During his undergraduate, Jeffrey performed with Central Michigan University’s Wind Ensemble, Jazz Lab 1, and the Eclipse Quartet, in which he held the soprano chair. As a soloist, he placed first in CMU’s Young Artist Competition, Patricia Nixon Memorial Woodwind Scholarship Competition, and CMU’s Concerto Competition.

Jeffrey has performed in masterclasses with notable teachers such as Joseph Lulloff, Christopher Creviston, the h2 quartet, James Umble, and Clifford Leamon. He has performed around the country and around the world, most notably at the World Saxophone Congress XVII in Strasbourg, France and the World Saxophone Congress XVIII in Zagreb, Croatia. Jeffrey’s past teachers in high school and undergraduate include Jonathan Nichol and John Nichol, respectively.


Scarlet Gouk Yan Tong (b. Malaysia, 30 May 1994) has become one of the most prominent saxophonist in Malaysia.  Scarlet has won the 1st prize in the 1st Asia Pacific Saxophone Competition 2017 in Thailand.

Scarlet graduated from Malaysian Institute of Art, Diploma in Music Performance with the Best Student Award 2014. She obtained Bachelor Degree of Music Performance in College of Music, Mahidol University with scholarship awards under Shyen Lee. Scarlet had studied with renowned saxophonists, including Jean-Marie Londeix, William Street, Rodrigo Vila, Kenneth Tse, Lars Mlekusch.

Scarlet is active in performing and leading the young saxophonists in Asia region. She has given workshops at Malaysian Institute of Art in 2016, Kuala Lumpur Performing Art Centre in 2018 hosted by Birdian Saxophone Ensemble. She also collaborated with Rodrigo Vila and David Brutti to perform in Mallorca Saxophone Festival 2019. She joined Bun-Leng project by Wisuwat Pruksavanich and Guillermo Presa for giving workshops and concerts in Asia Region. The Salaya Saxophone Ensemble has won the 2nd prize in Thailand International Wind Ensemble Competition 2018. Scarlet is also active in Eastman Saxophone Project and Eastman Wind Ensemble. The Ensemble has performed in Severance Hall, Cleveland in 2019.

Scarlet is pursuing her Master Degree in Saxophone Performance with Graduate Award under the tutelage of Chien-Kwan Lin in Eastman School of Music.


               BACHELOR OF MUSIC


Uday Singh, originally from San Jose, California, is in the fourth year of his saxophone performance degree under Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin at the Eastman School of Music. Uday has been involved in a variety of ensembles during his time at Eastman, including the Eastman Wind Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band, and Saxophone Project. Uday is also the soprano saxophonist of the Scio Quartet, an award-winning group comprised of students from the Eastman saxophone studio. With the quartet, Uday has earned first prize in a variety of competitions including the 2019 MTNA Chamber Music Association. The Scio Quartet is also dedicated to spreading the arts and has frequently performed in local venues such as The Children’s School of Rochester or on the radio as a featured guest on WXXI’s Backstage Pass. Scio also recently completed a residency and concert series in the San Francisco Bay Area in California, helping to promote classical music to new and unfamiliar audiences. Previously Uday has served as principal saxophonist for the California All-State Symphonic Band and the Santa Clara County Honor Band, in addition to being a featured soloist with the Saratoga High School Symphony Orchestra. He has had the honor of studying with Vincent David, SSG Douglas O’Connor, Dr. John Sampen, Dr. Nathan Nabb, and Dr. Frederick L. Hemke.


Siobhan Plouffe, a senior from Rochester, NY, is currently pursuing degrees in Saxophone Performance at Eastman and Audio and Music Engineering at the University of Rochester. She is a member of the Eastman Saxophone Project, under the direction of Chien-Kwan Lin, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Mark Scatterday. In addition to those groups, Siobhan is also the alto player in the award winning Scio Quartet, comprised of members Uday Singh (soprano), Clancy Ellis (tenor) and Michael Matthews (baritone). The quartet was fortunate enough to have been named finalists in the MTNA Chamber Music Competition in 2018, selected to perform in the Eastman Honors Chamber Music recital in 2017 and 2018, and also received first place in the 198th Army Band Competition in 2017. Most notably, Scio Quartet received first place in the MTNA Chamber Music Competition in 2019. Scio Quartet also makes a priority of performing for the Rochester community, as well as other cities across the country. As a soloist, Siobhan has had the opportunity to study under many saxophone pedagogues such as SSG Doug O’Connor, Vincent David, Dr. Katherine Weintraub, Dr. Nicki Roman, Carrie Koffman, Dr. Timothy McAllister, Taimur Sullivan and many more.


Michael C. Matthews comes from Greenville, South Carolina and is a senior at the Eastman School of Music where he studies with Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin. Michael’s former teachers include Drs. Matt Olson and Kyra Zhang. He enjoys performing for the Eastman and Rochester communities with the Eastman Saxophone Project, OSSIA New Music Ensemble, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble. Michael is privileged to be the baritone chair of Scio Quartet, a chamber ensemble formed with studio colleagues Siobhan Plouffe, Uday Singh, and Clancy Ellis. Scio performs frequently throughout Rochester and was the national winner in the 2019 MTNA Young Artist Chamber Competition, and won top prize at the 198th Army Band’s Solo & Ensemble Competition in 2017 and 2019. As the winner of the Nico Toscano Concerto Competition, Michael performed the Glazunov Concerto with the Cordancia Chamber Orchestra in 2019. Over the summers, Michael spent his time at the Brevard Music Festival, Frederick L. Hemke Saxophone Institute, and American Saxophone Academy. Michael also enjoys collaborating with composers, and has premiered chamber pieces by Aaron Siebert, Patrick Andrew Thompson, Matthew Schultheis, Baljinder Sekhon, Sean Calhoun, and Andrew Kosinski.


Clancy Ellis, a senior from Merritt Island, Florida, is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music Performance at Eastman under Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin with a minor in German through the University of Rochester. He is a member of and the Eastman Saxophone Project, directed by Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin and the Eastman Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. Mark Scatterday. While at Eastman, Clancy also had the opportunity to study with SSG Doug O’Connor of the U.S. Army Band and Vincent David of the Versailles Conservatory. As a soloist, Clancy debuted in 2018 with the Cordancia Chamber Orchestra as the first-place winner of the Nico Toscano Concerto Competition. He also won first place in the 2018 Empire State Music Competition in Syracuse, New York. Clancy is the tenor saxophonist of the award-winning Scio quartet, which regularly performs concerts both in the Rochester community and throughout America. The Scio Quartet received first place in the 2019 MTNA National Chamber Music Competition held in Spokane, Washington. In April 2019, the quartet appeared on WXXI’s live radio show “Backstage Pass”.  Clancy has attended saxophone institutes throughout America and Europe, where he studied with renowned teachers such as Claude Delangle, Arno Bornkamp, Frederick L. Hemke, and Timothy McAllister. In addition to playing saxophone, Clancy has studied orchestral conducting with Professors Brad Lubman of Eastman and Kenneth Kiesler of the University of Michigan. In 2019, Clancy made his conducting debut in Washington, Maine, directing members of the Portland Symphony Orchestra.



Joseph Moruzzi, from Upton, Massachusetts, is currently a sophomore at the Eastman School of Music pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance, studying with Chien-Kwan Lin. Joseph started playing the saxophone in middle school, around age 10, and has performed in numerous ensembles since, including concert bands, jazz bands, pit bands, and orchestras. He has performed in the Massachusetts Music Educator’s Association (MMEA) Senior District and All-State Festival’s Concert Band in his high school years. In 2017, he was the co-principal saxophonist in the Young Artists Wind Ensemble at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, conducted by both David Martins and H. Robert Reynolds. At Eastman, Joseph plays in the Eastman Wind Orchestra, the Eastman Saxophone Project, and is the Soprano Saxophonist of the Xeno Quartet. Joseph has previously studied with Ron Lewis, and later studied at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, where he studied with Ken Radnofsky.


Trevor Chu is currently a sophomore from Oviedo, Florida and is pursuing a degree in Saxophone Performance at the Eastman School of Music. Trevor began his saxophone studies at the age of 11, when he entered middle school. As his passion for music flourished, Trevor placed in many honor groups including the SCPS All-County Band, FMEA All-State Band, and FSU Tri-State Band. Throughout his time in middle and high school, he also received many “superior” ratings for the solos and ensemble groups, like saxophone quartets and saxophone choirs, at the District level and State levels of the FBA Solo and Ensemble Festival.

After finishing his high school studies, Trevor attended Florida State University for a year, where he won the state and southern regional rounds of the MTNA Senior Solo Competition and the MTNA Young Artists Chamber Competition, becoming a national finalist for both.

He is currently a member of the Eastman Saxophone Project under Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin and the Eastman Wind Orchestra under Dr. Mark Scatterday. In chamber music, he is a member of a saxophone quartet and a reed quintet.

Trevor currently studies with Chien-Kwan Lin, and his past teachers have included Katherine Weintraub and Jeremy Williamson. He has performed in master classes for the Akropolis Reed Quintet, Robert Young, Geoffrey Deibel, Carrie Koffman, and Project Fusion.


Ian Briffa is currently a sophomore from West Windsor New Jersey pursuing a BM in Saxophone Performance under Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin at the Eastman School of Music. He has been playing the saxophone since the age of 11. In high school, he participated in wind ensembles, orchestras, jazz bands, pit orchestras and percussion ensembles. He was a member of the CJMEA Region Band, NJMEA All-State Band, Eastern Wind Symphony Youth Band and The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey, and was also a featured soloist with his high school’s philharmonic orchestra. Ian has been fortunate enough to perform across the United States, Austria, The Czech Republic, Italy and Germany. At the Eastman School of Music, Ian has played in the Eastman Wind Orchestra and Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Mark Scatterday, the Eastman Saxophone Project directed by Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin and is the tenor saxophonist of the Xeno Saxophone Quartet. Prior to his studies at Eastman, Ian studied under Daniel Kochersberger.

 


Richard Kim is a sophomore from San Diego, California, and is pursuing a Saxophone Performance degree from the Eastman School of Music. Richard first discovered the saxophone in the fifth grade, and has continued to enjoy playing the instrument since then. He has experience in both the jazz and classical world of the saxophone, and participated in ensembles of various musical genres during his high school years. Richard has played in all-county band and honor bands in California, playing first alto for two years in the SCSBOA All-Southern Honor Band. He has held leading positions in his school’s Wind Ensemble and top jazz ensembles, and has received the Louis Armstrong Award for his interscholastic achievement in music. Richard has also attended music camps such as the MPulse Saxophone Institute and the UCSD Jazz Camp, and studied and performed in masterclasses under notable virtuosic saxophonists such as Timothy McAllister and jazz saxophonist Charles McPherson. His private teachers prior to studying under Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin include Professor of Saxophone at The University of Southern California Dr. Jessica Maxfield, and Bradley Nash (San Diego State University).

 Richard is currently a member of the Eastman Saxophone Project under Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin and the Eastman Wind Orchestra under Dr. Mark Scatterday. Richard is also the alto saxophonist of the Xeno Saxophone Quartet, as well as a saxophonist in the Eastman Jazz Workshop Ensemble directed by Ethan Cypress.

Ian Van Nuys is a second year from Hyattsville, Maryland and is oursuing a Bachelor’s degree in classical saxophone performance under Professor Chien-Kwan Lin. Ian started playing the saxophone on the fourth grade and was self-taught until studying with Brendan Kelly (MA, University of Michigan) in his senior year of high school. He attended Northwestern High School as part of the Jim Henson Visual and Performing Arts program where he performed in the concert band and Jazz ensemble. During his high school career, he made county honor band all four years and attended the Saxophone Institute Summer Camp at the Interlochen School for the Arts in his junior and senior year. Ian has also studied oboe with Alison Lowell (PhD, University of Maryland). This past summer, he played oboe with the DC Youth Orchestra at the Musica Riva Festival in Riva Del Garda, Italy.


Joe Kwartin is from Vienna Virginia and has been playing saxophone since the fifth grade. Joe attended George C. Marshall High School, and performed in the marching band, wind symphony, jazz band, and orchestra. He additionally participated in all VBODA all district and all state band, as well as NVYW under the direction of Denny Stokes.

Joe is a first year student in the studio and is pursuing a BM in Saxophone Performance. At Eastman, Joe plays in the Eastman Wind Orchestra, the Eastman Saxophone Project, and is the tenor saxophonist in the Freshman Quartet. He currently studies under Chien-Kwan Lin, with his previous teacher being Edward Fraedrich, (M.M., The Catholic University of America) Who is professor of saxophone at George Mason University.