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.

http://jonathanwintringham.com

 


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. 

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

 


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), 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.

 


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.


 


               BACHELOR OF MUSIC   


Chaithu Natarajan is in his fifth 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 is an undergraduate saxophone student from Fairfax, VA. He is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Music and is a candidate for a Performer’s Certificate at the Eastman School of Music, where he studies under the tutelage of Prof. Chien-Kwan Lin.

As a soloist, Mr. Crake regularly gives solo recitals at the Eastman School, and has garnered several accolades from various solo competitions. Notably, he was awarded the first prize from the 2017 Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition. He recently had the honor of advancing to the semi-finals of the 2018 North American Saxophone Alliance Solo Competition, and the 2017 Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition in Bangkok, Thailand. As a chamber musician, Mr. Crake is a member of the internationally-recognized Eastman Saxophone Project, where he has served as both a section leader and as an arranger.

In addition to his studies at the Eastman School with Prof. Lin, Mr. Crake has studied extensively with French saxophonist Vincent David, SSG Doug O’Connor of the US Army Band, and Mr. Edward Fraedrich.


Jeremy Howell, from Austin, Texas, is currently in his fourth 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.


Scarlet Gouk was born in 1994, Malaysia. She started learning piano at the age of 6and took her first saxophone lesson with Mr. Ian Chan when she was 18 years old.Scarlet graduated from Malaysian Institute of Art, Diploma in Music with the Best Student Award 2014. She is currently studying a Bachelor Degree of MusicPerformance in College of Music, Mahidol University with scholarship awards. She studies her major under Prof. Shyen Lee, Prof. Wisuwat Pruksavanich, and took classes with master Jean-Marie Londeix, William Street, Rodrigo Vila, Kenneth Tse, Lars Mlekusch, Chien-Kwan Lin, Vince Gnojek, Joshua Hyde, Asagi Ito, and Kenny Tsai.

Scarlet is actively performed in Asia and has given workshops at Malaysian Institute of Art in 2016, Kuala Lumpur Performing Art Centre in 2018 under Taxkor Duo project hosted by Birdian Saxophone Ensemble Kuala Lumpur. In the same year2018, Taxkor Duo performed with Prof. Rodrigo Vila and Psaiko Quartet (Spain) in “Yamaha Daya International Saxophone Artist Special Concert” and Bun-Leng Quartet project at Yamaha Malaysia led by Prof. Wisuwat Pruksavanich. Scarlet is also actively participated in Salaya Saxophone Ensemble. The ensemble has won 2nd prize in Thailand International Wind Ensemble Competition 2018 and performed in Singapore Symposium 2016, 1st Asia Saxophone Congress 2017 and various occasions.

Scarlet has won the 1st prize in the 1st Asia Pacific Saxophone Competition in Thailand 2017, awarded with teaching position in Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy 2019. She has gained many working and social experiences during her 2 years internship in APSA under Artistic Director, Mr. Wong Tak Chiu and Mr. Leslie Wong.

Apart from being actively involved in performance, Scarlet’s composition -"Broken Memory" has been premiered in Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac), conducted by Dr. Tazul Tajuddin from University Teknologi MARA in 2013. Her latest work for cello solo -" Wind and Soul" has been performed by Prof. Seth Parker Woods from the University of Huddersfield, UK.


Clancy Ellis, a junior 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 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 recently debuted with the Cordancia Chamber Orchestra as the first-place winner of the Nico Toscano Concerto Competition. He was also a prizewinner in the 198th Amy Band Solo competition. 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 prize in the 198th Army Band Competition and competed in the national level of the MTNA Chamber Music Competition in 2018. Clancy has attended saxophone institutes throughout America and Europe, where he studied with renowned teachers such as Claude Delangle, Frederick L. Hemke, Arno Bornkamp, and Timothy McAllister. In addition to playing saxophone, Clancy has studied orchestral conducting with Professor Brad Lubman and Mark Powell.


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 is a native of Greenville, South Carolina and a third year Saxophone Performance student at the Eastman School of Music where he studies with Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin. Michael won awards in MTNA solo competitions at the state and division level. Michael has attended two seasons at the Brevard Music Festival to study with Profs. Joseph Lulloff and Henning Schröder of Capitol Quartet. Before beginning his studies with Dr. Lin, Michael had been a student of Drs. Matt Olson and Kyra Zhang. Michael enjoys performing for the Eastman and Greater Rochester communities with the Eastman Saxophone Project, Ossia New Music Ensemble, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble. He is privileged to be the baritone chair of Scio Quartet, a chamber ensemble formed with Eastman colleagues Siobhan Plouffe, Uday Singh, and Clancy Ellis. Scio performs frequently in the Rochester area and was a national finalist in the 2018 MTNA Competition as well as winning top prize at the 198th Army Band’s Solo & Ensemble Competition. Michael also enjoys collaborating with composers of various styles, and has premiered chamber works by Patrick Andrew Thompson, Matthew Schultheis, Baljinder Sekhon, and Andrew Kosinski. 


 

Uday Singh, originally from San Jose, California, is in his third 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 for the Scio Quartet, an award winning group comprised of students in the Eastman saxophone studio. The quartet has participated and won awards in the MTNA Eastern Regional Competetion and the 198th Army Band Solo and Ensemble Competition, among others. Uday is also dedicated to spreading the arts and has frequently performed in local venues such as The Children’s School of Rochester or the Irondequoit Public Library in order to share music and the saxophone with new 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 be a featured soloist with the Saratoga High School Symphony Orchestra. He has had the honor of studying with SSG Douglas O’Connor, Vincent David, Dr. John Sampen, Dr. Gail Levinsky, Dr. Nathan Nabb, Dr. Jan Berry Baker, and Dr. Frederick L. Hemke. 


Joseph Moruzzi, from Upton, Massachusetts, is currently a first-year 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. When he went to Saint John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, Joseph performed in their Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble, as well as played in the pit in some of their musicals. He has performed in the Massachusetts Music Educator’s Association (MMEA) Senior District Festival’s Concert Band conducted by David Martins (2016) and Dr. Christian Wilhelm (2017), as well as the Jazz Band conducted by Terry White (2018). In 2017, Joseph also played in the MMEA All-State Symphonic Band conducted by Robert Ponto, and in the summer was co-principal saxophonist in the Young Artists Wind Ensemble at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, conducted by both David Martins and H. Robert Reynolds. 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 first-year student 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.

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, Geoffrey Deibel, Carrie Koffman, and Project Fusion.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Ian Briffa is from West Windsor New Jersey and has been playing saxophone since the fifth grade. He participated in his high school’s Wind Ensemble, Studio Jazz Band, Pit Orchestras, Philharmonic Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, and Steel Band. He also participated in CJMEA Region Band, NJMEA All-State Band and The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey. 



Ian is currently a first year student in the studio and is pursuing a BM in Saxophone Performance. He currently studies under Chien-Kwan Lin and his previous teacher was Daniel Kochersberger. 
 
 
 

Richard Kim is a first-year 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 the school’s Wind Ensemble and top jazz ensembles, and has received the Louis Armstrong Award for his interscholastic achievement in music. His private teachers prior to studying under Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin include Dr. Jessica Maxfield and Bradley Nash. Richard has attended summer music camps such as the MPulse Saxophone Institute and the UCSD Jazz Camp, and studied under notable virtuosic saxophonists such as Timothy McAllister and jazz saxophonist Charles McPherson. He is currently a member of the Eastman Saxophone Project under Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin and the Eastman Wind Orchestra under Dr. Mark Scatterday. Richard plans on continuing his study of the saxophone as well as maintain a career as an active musician after graduating from Eastman.

Ian Van Nuys is a first 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.