Instructor of Music

Sumner Truax joined the faculty of the Lawrence University Saxophone Studio in the fall of 2015. A virtuoso performer and a masterful teacher, Mr. Truax is committed to performing the music of our time.  A frequent collaborator with composers, Mr. Truax has brought to life new works for solo saxophone and saxophone quartet.  He has worked closely with French composer Christian Lauba, a collaboration that resulted in the concert etude entitled "Bebop," a work dedicated to, and premiered by, Sumner Truax. As alto saxophonist with the Lux Quartet, Mr. Truax has commissioned and premiered several works by young composers.

A versatile classical and jazz musician, Mr. Truax has performed with the Lux and East End saxophone quartets, the Eastman Saxophone Project, Love Constellation and the Stars, Fatbook, and various large and small jazz ensembles. Twice a winner of Wisconsin Public Radio's Neale-Silva Young Artist Competition, Mr. Truax has performed live on two concerts on WPR.  With the Lux Quartet, he was a winner of the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition and a Downbeat Student Music Award.

Mr. Truax earned his Master of Music degree in saxophone performance and literature and a certificate in Arts Leadership at the Eastman School of Music. At Eastman, he served as a teaching assistant to Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin. Mr. Truax also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in saxophone performance and instrumental/general music education from Lawrence University. He has also served as a program advisor at the New York Jazz Academy and maintains a private studio of saxophone, flute, and clarinet students.

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