stacks_image_370Next week, I will be travelling to the University of Oklahoma to perform at the North American Saxophone Alliance’s 2015 Region IV Conference. I will be premiering Mike Romaniak‘s nobody on my side for soprano saxophone and fixed media. This piece is based on a song Mike and I frequently listened to while completing our masters degrees at Central Michigan University: Roads by the British band Portishead. If you’ve never heard of them, be sure to check them out!

Mike and I collaborated very closely on this piece, including email correspondence, Skype conversations, and direct in person workshopping of sections of the piece. A number of Toronto musicians participated in creating the electro-acoustic component of this work, which represents a unique collaborative performance between live and recorded musicians that crosses international boundaries. I am very excited to be able to share it with the saxophone community! Also, this will be my first trip to a Region IV conference, so I am very much looking forward to meeting and listening to the saxophone community there!

 

I have a very OMEA Soundscapesexciting week of saxophone teaching and playing ahead! On Thursday, November 6th, I will be at my alma mater, the University of Western Ontario, where I am presenting a short performance (Including Andrew Cote‘s Sonata for Prepared Alto Saxophone) and a masterclass for Bobbi Thompson’s saxophone studio. It is a distinct privilege to get to ‘go home’ to Western as an alumnus and see all the great things happening there. My sincere, unending thanks to Bobbi, both for the invitation to teach and for her incredible support throughout my education, career, and life generally!

On Friday, I will present a clinic entitled Troubleshooting and Fixes for Beginning Saxophonists at the Ontario Music Educator’s Association Soundscapes Conference. I have attended many OMEA conferences as a student, and I am deeply honoured to have the opportunity to share my knowledge with the music education community at large. I look forward to seeing old friends (including the CMU wind ensemble, by happy coincidence!) and learning new things. I always OMEA events feeling energized and inspired- to say I’m looking forward to it would be a major understatement!

cropped-jen_select_09.jpgMy doctorate starts this Monday at the Jacobs School of Music, and I couldn’t be more excited! After a week of intensive entrance exams, orientation, and department meetings, I can see that my career at IU will be both extremely challenging and rewarding. I am beyond excited to be a part of this brilliant musical community, and I look forward to all of the projects I’ll be able to get myself into here!

NASA logoI am very excited to have recently accepted the position of editor of the North American Saxophone Alliance’s scholarly publication, The Saxophone Symposium. I will be working to further develop the journal, increase submissions, and produce all upcoming volumes of the journal for the foreseeable future. I am very excited to take on this position, to promote scholarly work for the saxophone and provide my services to NASA. Stay tuned to the NASA website for a call for submissions and updates about the journal!

SRCEEI’ve finally finished my masters degrees at Central Michigan University, and I’m looking forward to what the future holds! I’m back in Canada for the summer working for Arcady, but I’ll be moving back to the US in the fall to start my doctorate at Indiana University. This photo is of one of my last big projects at CMU, which was the Student Research and Creative Endeavours Exhibition (SRCEE), with my friend and collaborator Mike Romaniak

NME2014The CMU New Music Ensemble will present our second Composers Project Concert this weekend on Saturday, March 29th at 8pm in Staples Family Concert Hall. The concert features four world premieres by Jay Batzner, Nathan Brown, Frank Nawrot, and Mike Romaniak. We’ll be working on these pieces all week in workshop rehearsals, where the composers and performers work together directly to create new music. It’s a lot of fun and the products have always been fantastic, and the tickets are free- come check it out if you’re in the area!

NASA2014This weekend, I had the distinct pleasure of attending and performing at the North American  Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, held at the University of Illinois. This extremely well organized conference featured many of the best saxophonists on the continent over three and a half days dedicated to performance, networking, and scholarship. I had a great time meeting up with old friends and making new ones!

This photo is of an impromptu performance of Andrew Cote’s Sonata for Prepared Alto Saxophone in a local vegetarian/vegan restaurant. We went in for lunch, and were asked to play (and got free cookies!). Take the gigs where you can get them!

 

OMEA SoundscapesI am happy to announce that I have been invited to present a clinic on beginning saxophone playing at the Ontario Music Educators Conference (Soundscapes 2014) in November of this year. It’ll be great both to see my music educator friends in Ontario and be back at an OMEA conference for the first time since moving to the USA!

CNMN photo Mike Romaniak and I presented at the Canadian New Music Network FORUM 2014 earlier this month. Our presentation, entitled “Crossing Borders: The Composers Project and Canadian Music,” touched on our work with the CMU New Music Ensemble, Mike’s new music community Torontiade, and our work promoting Canadian New Music abroad. It was a very interesting conference, showcasing the best of Canadian composers, performers, and presenters of new music. It was truly a pleasure to attend and present!

IMG_5029.jpgI was recently accepted to premiere Andrew Cote’s Sonata for Prepared Alto Saxophone at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference this March. This is a very exciting and innovative work, showcasing various ways that the timbre of the saxophone can be altered. Much like a prepared piano, everyday items are attached to the saxophone to produce sounds that would not ordinarily be associated with the instrument. Andrew and I spent many hours figuring out the best ways to alter the saxophone that both did not damage it and that changed the sound significantly. The work has turned out wonderfully and I am excited to share it with the saxophone community!