Joseph Connor, Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance and Instrumental Music Education

Joe Connor is a senior studying in the Saxophone Performance and Instrumental Music Education programs.  Winner of the 2014 Lawrence Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, Joe performed Jacob ter Veldhuis' Tallahatchie Concerto with the LSO in March, 2014.  Joe frequently performs with marimbist Greg Riss, and as winners of the 2013 Neale-Silva Young Artist's competition at Wisconsin Public Radio, the duo performed on a recital broadcast live on WPR in April, 2013.   Joe was awarded First Prize in the 2012 Miroslav Pansky Memorial Concerto Competition of the Green Bay Civic Symphony and Second Prize in the 2011-12 Lakeshore Wind Ensemble’s Young Artist Competition, and he performed as concerto soloist with both of these ensembles.  Joe studied at the 2014 American Saxophone Academy in Rochester, New York; the 2013 European University for Saxophone in Gap, France with Claude Delangle, Arno Bornkamp, and Vincent David; the 2012 International Saxophone Masterclass in Laubach, Germany; and the 2012 Eastman Summer Saxophone Institute in Rochester, New York. 

Watch Joe Connor perform Jacob TV's Tallahatchie Concerto with the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra:

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To hear Joe Connor's solo and chamber music performances, visit his soundcloud at:  

https://soundcloud.com/joseph-r-connor

Colin Parsons, Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance and Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry

Colin Parsons is a senior from Park Forest, Illinois pursuing both a Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry.  At Lawrence, Colin has studied under the tutelage of Steven Jordheim, Sara Kind, and Jesse Dochnahl.  As a member of the saxophone section of the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble, Colin performed at UNC Greensboro in 2014 for the National CBDNA conference.  Currently the baritone saxophonist in the Lawrence University Saxophone Quartet, Colin enjoys performing in the community for a wide variety of audiences, including recent performances for community organizations and schools as part of Lawrence's residency program with the Decoda chamber ensemble.

In addition to his music study and performance activity, Colin is completing a degree in biochemistry. He has spent a summer doing research relating to the mechanisms of Angiogenin under his advisor Kim Dickson and spent the summer of 2014 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota doing research with Lawrence alumnus, Jim Thompson (’89), focusing on targeted drug discovery and X-ray crystallography of the human enzyme Dihydrolipoamide Dehydrogenase.

Michael Ruth, Bachelor of Music in Instrumental and General Music Education

Michael Ruth is a junior from Darien, Illinois and is enrolled in the Bachelor of Music program with a major in instrumental and general music education, studying saxophone with Professors Steven Jordheim and José Encarnación. Michael has performed as lead alto and section leader of the Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble in addition to performing with the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, saxophone quartet, jazz combo, and a student-run hip-hop group. He has performed with jazz musicians Jeff Rupert, Dennis Deblasio, Ron Carter, and Alan Ferber.  Michael has served as the band representative to Lawrence’s chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and is also a member of the Athletic Conservatory Engagement Committee.

Watch Michael Ruth (alto saxophone) and Sam Pratt (tenor saxophone) perform Alan Ferber’s Union Blues with the Lawrence University Jazz Combo and guest trombonist and composer Alan Ferber:

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Jason Koth, Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance and Music Composition

Jason Koth is a sophomore in the Bachelor of Music degree program in Saxophone Performance and Music Composition, studying saxophone with Steven Jordheim and Sara Kind, and composition with Joanne Metcalf and Asha Srinivasan.  Originally from Homer Glen, Illinois, Jason has studied saxophone with David Babich and widely-recognized new music proponent Ryan Muncy.  As a senior in high school, Jason was awarded the first chair in the Illinois Music Educators Association all-state wind ensemble, and performed Robert Muczynski's Concerto for Alto Saxophone with the Providence Catholic High School Symphonic Winds.  At Lawrence, Jason has performed with the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble and a saxophone quartet. Jason’s areas of interest include electronic and electro-acoustic music, which led him to an assistantship in the Lawrence University Electronic Music Studio under the direction of professor and composer Asha Srinivasan.  A multi-instrumentalist, Jason frequently writes and records alternative and ambient music that utilizes the saxophone in non-traditional idioms.

Listen to Jason Koth's ambient compositions with saxophone at his soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/jkoth-music

Anna Buchholz, Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance and Bachelor of Arts in English

Anna Buchholz is a fifth-year student from Afton, Minnesota pursuing both a Bachelor of Music  degree in Saxophone Performance and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with interests in both classical and jazz saxophone and arts administration. At Lawrence, Anna has studied under the direction of Steven Jordheim, Sara Kind, Jesse Dochnahl, and José Encarnación.  Anna has performed with the Lawrence University Wind Ensemble, traveling to Greensboro, North Carolina as part of the 2014 CBDNA conference, and the Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Fred Sturm, participating in the concert premiere of the “Radiohead Jazz Project” among other compositional projects. At  Lawrence, Anna has also performed in a variety of chamber ensembles including saxophone quartet, woodwind duo, and saxophone/vibraphone duo. Additionally, she has enjoyed participating in the Honor Council, CORE freshmen mentor program, and Mortar Board, and writing for the campus newspaper, "The Lawrentian." After completing an internship at Carnegie Hall at the Weill Music Institute in Community Programs, Anna hopes to pursue a career in art administration.

Listen to Anna Buchholz perform as alto saxophonist in the Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble's recording of Fred Sturm's Lambeau Leap:


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Sam Pratt, Bachelor of Arts with Majors in Music and Mathematics

Sam Pratt is a sophomore from San Diego, California, and enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts degree program with majors in Music and Mathematics. Sam is an avid jazz player, performing on tenor saxophone with the Lawrence University Jazz Band and Jazz Combo and studying with jazz saxophone professor José Encarnación. Sam also plays bass clarinet with the Improvisation Group of Lawrence University (IGLU) and has performed on saxophone with the Symphonic Band.  In addition to his pursuits in music and mathematics, Sam works as a writing tutor in the Center for Teaching and on the Conservatory Tech Crew.

Listen to Sam Pratt perform as lead tenor saxophone with the Lawrence University Jazz Band in a concert performance of Patty Darling's Vortex:

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Daniel Vasey, Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance and Minor in Mathematics

Daniel Vasey is a junior from Vancouver, Washington in the Bachelor of Music degree program with a major in Saxophone Performance and minor in Mathematics. Daniel performs with the Lawrence University Saxophone Quartet, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, and Jazz Combos.  He was the winner of the 2010 Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Award, a finalist in the Portland Metro Arts competition in 2011, and was awarded first prize for Washington State in the VSA international soloist competition where he performed at conventions in Seattle. As a composer, Daniel has written and arranged tunes for a student-organized hip-hop group, and he is exploring writing in various styles and idioms. Daniel has studied with Steven Jordheim, Sara Kind, Jesse Dochnahl, and José Encarnación. While in Vancouver, he has studied with John Nastos and Kim Reece.

Listen to Daniel Vasey perform Astor Piazzolla's Tango-etude No. 3:

https://soundcloud.com/daniel-vasey/tango-etude-no-3

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