NASA-logo-newI will be traveling to Lubbock, Texas this Thursday to perform and present at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial conference, and I couldn’t be more excited to reconnect with the saxophone community! I will be performing the premiere of Jay Batzner’s Abstain Red Hells for soprano saxophone and electronics on Sunday morning, and giving a presentation with Myles Boothroyd about publishing with The Saxophone Symposium on Saturday morning. It should be a busy and fun conference – I’m looking forward to catching up with some great friends and hearing some incredible playing!

From Jay about the piece: “Abstain Red Hells juxtaposes lyricism in the saxophone part with less lyrical sounds in the electronics, and is the most recent in a series of works for soloist and electronics. A lot of my writing for winds and electronics have been against most of the stereotypes. My goal is to create music which is musically and emotionally approachable, that uses electronics to connect performers and listeners. I want to make the electronics simple and approachable for the performer so that they are more likely to play works with electronics. This particular piece is an extension of this mission.” I’ve been really enjoying practicing this piece and I look forward to sharing it!


Today, I had the privilege of presenting at the Ontario Music Educators’ Conference for the second year in a row. In addition to a poster presentation and mini talk about my master’s thesis, “Pedagogical Practices of Successful Applied Studio Instructors,” I presented a session with my colleagues Anne Mileski and Nick Roseth, entitled “Take Action! Strategies for Applying Action Research in the Music Classroom.” Both sessions included lively discussion and great questions from the participants, and I had a great time presenting. I’ve also gotten to catch up with colleagues and friends from my time at Western – I always feel so grateful to participate in this lively music education community!

11538988_10155775453670494_4580407500323917229_oIt was an absolute pleasure to attend and present at the Canadian Music Educators’ Association‘s first national conference in twenty years. The conference was very well organized, I was able to attend a number of informative sessions (including several with Frank Ticheli!), and I heard some truly inspiring music making. The music teachers of Manitoba and Western Canada are doing excellent work!

In this photo, attendees in my workshop are checking out some less-than-ideal reeds for defects. This was an especially lively and curious bunch of teachers, which made them a lot of fun to work with – I’m glad to have been able to share what I know with some already excellent educators!

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!