Sumner Truax, LU'13
Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, award-winning saxophonist Sumner Truax is committed to performing the music of our time in interesting, engaging ways. As a frequent collaborator with composers, Sumner has helped bring many new works for saxophone and saxophone quartet to life. Most recently, he has worked closely with award- winning French composer Christian Lauba, resulting in the concert etude entitled “Bebop” which is dedicated to Sumner and was premiered in 2013. In addition to solo repertoire, Sumner, along with the Lux Quartet, has commissioned and premiered several works by young composers.
A dedicated educator, Sumner has worked in a variety of educational settings. Sumner has served as the woodwind director for the New Horizons band in Appleton, WI, program advisor at the New York Jazz Academy, and has taught privately for the Lawrence Academy of Music as well as maintaining a private studio teaching saxophone, flute, and clarinet students. In addition to his teaching, Sumner has programmed several educational concerts and regularly provides pre- and post-concert discussions with audience members.
A versatile saxophonist, Sumner has performed and recorded with a variety of ensembles ranging from the Lux and East End saxophone quartets, the Eastman Saxophone Project, Love Constellation and the Stars, The Barehand Jug Band, Fatbook, and The Days.
As a two-time winner of Wisconsin Public Radio’s Neale-Silva Young Artist competition, Sumner has had the opportunity to perform live twice on WPR. Sumner has also been a winner in the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, and the Downbeat student music awards.
Sumner received his Bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance and music education from Lawrence University, where he studied with Steven Jordheim, Sara Kind, and José Encarnación. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Music degree in saxophone performance and literature, as well as an Arts Leadership certificate at the Eastman School of Music where he serves as a teaching assistant to Chien-Kwan Lin.
Watch Sumner Truax and Jenny Larsen perform Baljinder Sekhon's Gradient for alto saxophone and prepared piano: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6JnjK4V9Xk
For more information on Sumner Truax, his performances, and his activities, visit his website at: www.sumnertruax.com