International Saxophone Symposium

The Shepherd Saxophone Quartet and Shepherd Saxophone professor Jeremy Koch have been invited to play at the 35th International Saxophone Symposium January 20-21, 2012 at George Mason University Center for the Arts in Fairfax, VA. The quartet, comprised of Shepherd University music majors Jordan English, Lucas Hogan, Courtney Bullock and Ross Semler, will perform Saturday, January 21 at 4:30 p.m. with a program to include a world premiere composition by fellow Shepherd University music major Kaziah White. Mr. Koch will perform a recital on Saturday, January 21 at 2:30 p.m. The diverse program will include transcriptions of Maurice Ravel with reed ensemble as well as Van Halen guitar solos

Shepherd saxophone professor Jeremy P. Koch is an active saxophonist, chamber musician and teacher based in the Washington D. C. area. He has been a member of the USAF Band since 1998 where he has been a featured concert soloist on national tours as well as performed with diverse artists such as: Tony Bennett, Wynonna Judd, and Kool and the Gang. As a freelance saxophonist, he performs with The United States Air Force Saxophone Quartet, Reed5, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Prince William Symphony Orchestra, Serapis Ensemble, DC Syndicate and Great Noise Ensemble. Committed to teaching, he regularly presents clinics and recitals throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. In addition, he has presented saxophone clinics at numerous universities including The Universities of North Carolina, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana and North Dakota State University. He maintains a private studio in Northern Virginia and also teaches at Northern Virginia Community College

A proponent of new music, Mr. Koch has premiered solo and saxophone quartet works at numerous conferences of the World Saxophone Congress, North American Saxophone Alliance, International Saxophone Symposium and the American Composers Forum. He can be heard with AUR on America's Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax, Volume III performing John Howell Morrison's Light Possessing Darkness. Most recently he has formed a new music duo, Six Impossible Things, commissioning and encouraging young composers by introducing these works to the general public. He holds a Bachelor of Music Performance from Luther College in Decorah, IA, where he was a two-time concerto competition winner. He received a Master of Music Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he performed with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia da Camera, Prairie Ensemble, and Estilo Chicago.

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