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Upcoming Performances

I wanted to drop a quick post on a few recent performances and a couple to watch out for.

In the past week I have performed with the UMKC Saxophone Studio at the North American Sax Alliance Conference in Lubbock, Texas and the Kemper Museum in Kansas City. It was great to catch up with old friends at the conference and all of the performances were fantastic. If you haven't visited the Kemper Museum, check out their great collection of modern art.


RSQ American Commissions

I realize I have not posted since starting my doctorate. I hope to start writing more often to expand this website. To begin, I've posted a number of blogs on American pieces written for the Rascher Saxophone Quartet. This research was part of a musicology course this fall.

Line Drawings (after Mark Tobey) - Samuel Adler

Line Drawings (after Mark Tobey) (1978) – Samuel Adler (b. 1928)
Dorn Publications, published 1979

Samuel Adler and his family immigrated to the U.S.A. just before the start of WWII. He studied composition with Aaron Copland, Walter Piston, and Paul Hindemith. Adler studied conducting with Serge Koussevitzky. Adler's professional career included teaching positions at the University of North Texas, 30 years at Eastman School of Music, and time at Julliard. He wrote a large number of text books including the popular, The Study of Orchestration.

Variations (On several lines by Amy Clampitt) - Sidney Corbett

Variations (On several lines by Amy Clampitt) (1995) – Sidney Corbett (b. 1960)
Alto and baritone saxophone.
Berline Verlag Neue Musik, published 1996

Members of the Rascher Saxophone Quartet (RSQ) premier a handful of duos and trios. They do not limit their repertoire to only quartets. Variations (On several lines by Amy Clampitt) is composed for alto and baritone saxophone duo.

Windup - Wayne Peterson

Windup (1997) – Wayne Peterson (b. 1927)
C.F. Peters, published 2010

Wayne Peterson studied composition at the University of Minnesota. He taught at San Francisco State for three decades. Through the course of his career he was a Guggenheim Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar, and received a commission from the Koussevitzky Foundation. In 1992 he won the Pulitzer Prize for The Face of the Night, The Heart of the Dark.


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