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Conference Performance

@ NASA 2023 Region 4 Conference

April 14th-16th, 2023
University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, TX
Time and location TBA


I will premiere non-poem 8 by Jonathan Ragonese as well as my arrangements of two of Béla Kovács Hommages for solo clarinet (M. DeFalla and R. Strauss).

Scholarship, pedagogy

Conference Lecture

@ NASA 2023 Biennial Conference

March 30th-April 2nd, 2023
University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS
March 31st, 9am, RC Room

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This presentation is based on my dissertation, which explores historical and current pedagogies of voice and saxophone to identify and evaluate instances of voice concepts appearing in saxophone texts. This comprehensive study brings needed insight into the manner in which saxophone pedagogues use the voice as a model for saxophone playing, ranging from useful applications to inappropriate conclusions. My evaluation of saxophone pedagogy results from critically comparing saxophone pedagogues’ statements about tone production with those from mainstream vocal pedagogy and science. 

Conference Presentation

Two-Minute Teaching Tip

@ International Conference for Saxophone Pedagogy
and Performance

February 26, 2023
9:25am EST

Online (register on website)


Mini-presentation on positive and concrete strategies to help students use mistakes productively in the practice room. 

Music Teaching

Saxophone Instructor

@ Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp

June 22-July 17, 2022
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 Recital 

@ The Hartt School

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

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

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Class Recital

Music of India Ensemble

An Evening Recital of Ragas

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


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. 

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Lecture Recital

DMA Lecture Recital "The Vocal Model"

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

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

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Studio Recital 

Spring Fling::A Saxophone Studio Recital

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

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. 

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Ensemble Concert

Foot in the Door 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

Conference Performance

International Conference for Saxophone Pedagogy and Performance

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

Wood Song by Jenni Brandon, Vocalissimus by Chase Jordan 

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Concerto Performance

Paranov Winners'Concert

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

Foot in the Door 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. 

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