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Masahito Sugihara 325pxMasahito Sugihara is the associate professor of saxophone at Sam Houston State University. Mas has appeared as recitalist and clinician in Brazil, Canada, England, France, Luxembourg, Norway, Japan, Scotland, and United States. He is a member of Awea Duo (flute & saxophone) and Amethyst Saxophone Quartet, and has performed in the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chicago Lyric Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Dal Niente, Grant Park Orchestra, Houston Ballet, Houston Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Network for New Music, New York City Ballet, and Reading Symphony. As an avid arranger, Mas has transcribed a wide range of compositions for flute/sax duo, reed quartet, saxophone quartet, and larger saxophone ensembles. He earned the Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University as a student of Dr. Frederick L. Hemke. Previously, he was the assistant professor of saxophone at Morehead State University and has taught saxophone and chamber music in the Chicago area at Northwestern University, Roosevelt University and Trinity Christian College. Mas is a Conn-Selmer/Selmer Paris and D’Addario Performing Artist.

Nathan Nabb 325pxSaxophonist Nathan Nabb maintains an active and multifaceted concert schedule, with numerous performances in solo, chamber and orchestral settings throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. As an orchestral musician, Nathan performs with the St. Louis Symphony and the Houston Symphony, and has also performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, New World Symphony, IRIS Chamber Orchestra and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Recent orchestral highlights include concerto performances with St. Louis and Houston Symphonies, as well as European tours with both orchestras, featuring concerts at the BBC Proms, Berlin Musikfest, the Klara Festival and in some of the most vaunted concert spaces, including Royal Albert Hall, Salle Pleyel, Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus, Vienna Konzerthaus, and the Elbphilharmonie, among others.

Dr. Nabb makes regular appearances as a soloist and clinician. Recent invited solo recitals include performances across North America, and Asia. He was featured as concerto soloist at the Region IV North American Saxophone Alliance conference in 2015 and has performed solos at World Saxophone Congress, North American Saxophone Alliance, Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, as well as prominent schools of music and saxophone studios throughout the United States, France, Taiwan, Japan, Spain, Greece, Norway, Canada and China.  He can be heard on the BIS, Innova, Myrios Classics, Pentatone, Teal Creek, and AMP record labels.

Nathan is the soprano saxophonist in Oasis Quartet, an ensemble that enjoys an international performance agenda as recitalists, concerto soloists, and clinicians. Oasis Quartet has performed with numerous orchestras and bands in the United States, and given performances and clinics throughout the North America, Asia, and Europe.  Their self-titled album was released in 2009 and features the music of Glass, Gotkovsky and Escaich. As supporters of contemporary music, Oasis has been a part of numerous commissions and premieres in addition to performing staples of the repertoire and artistic adaptations from other chamber music genres.

Dr. Nabb holds teaching positions at Stephen F. Austin State University, where he is Professor of Saxophone and an Associate Director of the School of Music, and at Chongqing Normal University, where he is Distinguished Professor of Saxophone. Nathan’s students have won many competitions in solo and chamber music settings, and have been featured in performances and master classes at North American Saxophone Alliance regional and national conferences, as well as other venues around the United States.

Nathan received his Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees in saxophone performance from Northwestern University, where he studied with Dr. Frederick Hemke. His Bachelor of Music degree is from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he studied with Professor Debra Richtmeyer.

Nathan proudly endorses D’Addario and Selmer products and performs on D’Addario reeds and Selmer Paris Saxophones.

Dr Frederick HemkeSaxophone

Frederick L Hemke Saxophone Institute; Professor Emeritus, Northwestern University

Frederick L. Hemke has appeared as a recitalist and soloist with symphony orchestras and wind ensembles in the United States and around the world. He has presented master classes and lectures throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, the Scandinavian countries, and the Far East.

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Dr Gail LevinskySaxophone

Associate Professor of Music, Susquehanna University. Active soloist, adjudicator, clinician. Regional Director North American Saxophone Alliance.

Gail B. Levinsky has performed within the United States, Canada and Europe, and includes presentations at the North American Saxophone Alliance, World Saxophone Congress, British Saxophone Congress, United States Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, Festival of Women Composers, Southeast Composers League and the Indiana State Contemporary Music Festival.

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Dr John SampenAs one of America’s leading concert saxophonists, John Sampen is particularly recognized as a distinguished artist in contemporary literature. He has commissioned over 125 new works, including compositions by Adler, Babbitt, Bolcom, Cage, Rzewski, Rands and Shrude and has premiered saxophone versions of music by Lutosławski, Stockhausen and Tower.

In 1970, Sampen was recitalist and certificate winner at the prestigious International Geneva Concours in Switzerland. He has soloed with ensembles from all over the world, including the Nürnberg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Internazionale d’Italy, New Mexico Symphony and Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble.

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 Sean HurlburtSaxophone

Sean Hurlburt received his bachelors and masters degrees in saxophone performance at Northwestern University under the tutelage of Dr. Frederick L. Hemke. As co-founder of the Amethyst Quartet, he continually works to promote and legitimize saxophone quartet in the chamber music world.

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Sharon Peterson 143x150Piano

Pianist for the Chicago Symphony Chorus since auditioning as a North Park College, (now University,) student in 1978, Sharon R. Peterson continues as Accompanist for the CSC, the trombone studio at Northwestern University, and the saxophone studios at DePaul and Roosevelt Universities, as well as North Park University’s School of Music, and the North Shore Choral Society.

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Absolutely Cherished

“I absolutely cherished this experience. Every day seemed like a week in terms of volume of hard work and growth that I was able to achieve.

I’m at a much better place with myself as a player and person because of it. I would highly recommend this camp to anyone looking for such an experience. I was also extremely pleased with the musicianship of the other campers and it was so cool to watch everyone else’s growth. It was tremendous to be a part of it.” FLHSI Participant