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

Daniel Vasey, Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance with a Jazz Emphasis and Minor in Mathematics

Daniel Vasey is a senior from Vancouver, Washington in the Bachelor of Music degree program, majoring in Saxophone Performance with a Jazz Emphasis and a 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 Jacob TV's Buku:

https://soundcloud.com/daniel-vasey/buku

Slipstream

Slipstream is a mixed-instrument chamber ensemble of the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, comprising saxophonist Joe Connor, guitarist Ilan Blanck, percussionist Dan Reifsteck, and pianist Matt Bair. Committed to the development of a repertoire for this instrumental combination, Slipstream commissions new works, performs actively, and records pieces composed for the ensemble.  In its first year, Slipstream commissioned and premiered three new pieces by composers John Mayrose, David Werfelmann, and J. P. Mertz.  

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

Jason Koth is a junior 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

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.

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

Sam Pratt is a junior 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:

http://picosong.com/PWQN/

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