Ives Hallowe'en
FSU Saxophone Spooktacular

October 30, 2022
Florida State University
Longmire Recital Hall


Performance of my arrangement of Charles Ives' Hallowe'en, for saxophone quartet, piano, and bass drum. 

Music Teaching

Saxophone Instructor
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

June 22-July 17
Sessions 1 and 2
Northern Michigan


I look forward to returning to Blue Lake for a third season to teach the awesome BLFAC campers in saxophone techniques and music theory courses!

Chamber Recital

Graduate Reed Quintet
Evening Recital

May 10, 2022, 7:30pm
Berkman Recital Hall 
The Hartt School 
Hartford, CT
Open to the Hartt campus and guests
Streaming link click here

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program of classical and contemporary works for reed quintet by Mozart, Schumann, Biedenbender, and Gershwin. (Originally planned to occur at the Macauley but now will be streaming to the residents of the Macauley due to Covid restrictions

Class Recital

Music of India Ensemble
An Evening Recital of Ragas

April 25, 2022, 8:30pm
Room 21
The Hartt School


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A collection of Hindustani ragas performed by the members of the Music of India Ensemble (myself on saxophones and clarinet), led by Suhail Yusuf, sarangi with Pranav Ghatraju, tabla. 

Lecture Recital

DMA Lecture Recital
"The Vocal Model"

April 19, 2022, 5:00pm
The Hartt School
Berkman Recital Hall 
In-person and streaming

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The Vocal Model: Evaluating Influences of Bel Canto on Saxophone Pedagogy with New Applications for Tonal Development

Studio Recital 

Spring Fling
A Saxophone Studio Recital

April 15, 2022, 7:30pm
The Hartt School
Berkman Recital Hall 
In-person and streaming

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The graduate reed quintet will perform David Biedenbender's Refraction. I will also play a graduating student feature and conduct the saxophone ensemble in Bennett's Suite of Old American Dances. 

Ensemble Concert

Foot in the Door
New Music Ensemble

Milhaud La création du monde


March 2, 2022, 7:30pm
The Hartt School
Lincoln Theater
In person and streaming 
on Hartt Livestream

Virtual Conference Recital

International Conference
for Saxophone Pedagogy and 
Jenni Brandon Wood Song
Chase Jordan Vocalissimus

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February 26, 2022, 3:00pm
Online only
Registration required

Conference Recital

North American 
Saxophone Alliance
Biennial Conference 

Ekphrasis: new solo and duo works
inspired by poetry


March 2022
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma



A program of premieres by Jenni Brandon, Chase Jordan, and myself based on poetry of Patrick Kindig, Sara Teasdale, and Wallace Stevens. (more info)

Concerto Performance

Paranov Winners'

Ingolf Dahl Concerto for Alto 
Saxophone and Wind Ensemble


February 4, 2022, 7:30pm
The Hartt School
Lincoln Theatre 
In-person and streaming


Catch the entire concert including all four Paranov soloists on Hartt Livestream! Glen Adsit, James Jackson and Edward Cumming, conductors. 

Solo Recital

Derek's DMA
Solo Recital #2

November 19, 2021, 5pm
The Hartt School
Berkman Recital Hall 
In-person and streaming

Join pianist Elisabeth Tomczyk and me for an evening of contemporary saxophone works in my second and final solo recital for my Doctorate of Musical Arts degree. Works by Gryc, Leroux, Sekhon, Jordan and Dahl. 

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Ensemble Concert

Hartt Wind Ensemble 
Chen Yi Dragon Rhyme
Stephen Gryc Masquerade Variations

September 24, 2021, 7:30pm
The Hartt School
Lincoln Theatre 
In-person and streaming


Catch the entire concert including the Hartt Symphonic Band on the Hartt Livestream! Glen Adsit and James Jackson, conductors. 

Ensemble Concert

Foot in the Door 
New Music Ensemble 

Stephen Gryc's Fantasy Variations

September 22, 2021, 7:30pm
The Hartt School
Lincoln Theatre 
In-person and streaming


Hartt faculty emeritus composer Stephen Gryc's Fantasy Variations on a theme of Béla Bartók is scored for soprano saxophone solo and string quartet. Inspired by his own Slavic ancestry, Gryc's variations go beyond the historically formulaic genre with wide musical and expressive contrasts. Catch the Gryc and the entire concert on the Hartt Livestream! Glen Adsit and Edward Cumming, conductors. 

Community Concert

Hartford "Street
Serenades" Busking 

with Brandon Nowakowski, saxophone

September 17, 2021, 5-6pm
Corner of Asylum and Union
Downtown Hartford, CT


Catch Brandon Nowakowski (MM, Hartt Saxophones 2020) and me busking a mix of classical, jazz, and rock duos and solo works as part of the city of Hartford's "Street Serenades" community placemaking initiative. In-person only!