Sunday, March 24, 2019

Hosted by John Nichol, Professor of Saxophone and the CMU Saxophone Studio.
Featuring Guest Artists H2/4 Duo and MSU Professor Joe Lulloff.

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Tentative Schedule:

​8:00 am  
Registration​ in the Lobby
​9:00 am  
Masterclass with H2/4 Duo​
​Jonathan Nichol & Jeffrey Loeffert
​11:00 am 
--Lunch on your own--
​12:00 pm 
Rehearsal - MI Saxophone Ensemble
​2:00 pm 
WAILS Performance
​3:00 pm 
Guest Artist Concert
H2/4 Duo
​4:30 pm 
CMU Saxophone Ensemble concert
Michigan Saxophone Ensemble concert

Tickets for the guest artist concert with H2/4 Duo are available through 
the Ticket Central Website or at the door (cash only). Tickets: $3 Student/Senior | $5 Adult

Guest Artists h2/4 Duo

The h2/4 Duo is comprised of founding members of the h2 quartet, Jeffrey Loeffert and Jonathan Nichol. h2 is dedicated to commissioning and performing compelling new works for saxophone quartet, and operates as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

The group is also in demand for appearances and residencies at summer music festivals both at home and abroad, including the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan and the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Italy. The h2 quartet also hosts the Great Plains Saxophone Workshop during the summer months. As members of the h2 quartet, the ensemble has released five critically-acclaimed recordings: Generations, Times & Spaces, Groove Machine, Hard Line, and Enrapture. The h2/4 Duo recently release its first full-length album, Neon Flicker. The members of the h2/4 Duo are Yamaha and Vandoren Performing Artists.

Jeffrey Loeffert serves as Associate Professor of Saxophone at Oklahoma State University. During the summer months, Loeffert teaches at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, the Great Plains Saxophone Workshop in Oklahoma, New Music on the Point in Vermont, and the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. A dedicated teacher, Loeffert recently received the Oklahoma State University College of Arts & Sciences Junior Faculty Award for Scholarly Excellence, the Wise-Diggs-Berry Award for Teaching Excellence, and the Friends of Music Distinguished Music Professor Award.

Jonathan Nichol is an active performing saxophonist who champions new music and has presented concerts throughout the United States, Bosnia, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, and Thailand. He has premiered pieces by renowned composers including Marc Mellits, Charles Ruggiero, Forrest Pierce, Paquito D'Rivera, Daniel Wohl, Marvin Lamb, Jeffrey Loeffert, Igor Karača, Tina Tallon, and Drew Baker. Jonathan was a solo-artist semi-finalist in the 2009 Concert Artist Guild Competition and a finalist with the award-winning h2 quartet in the 2012 Concert Artist Guild Competition. Jonathan is also an accomplished orchestral soloist, having performed concerti with the Central Michigan University Symphony Orchestra, Grand Valley State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma State University Wind Ensemble, University of Oklahoma Symphonic Band, University of Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra, Wichita State Symphony, and Wichita State University Symphonic Winds. Additionally, he has been prominently featured with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Flint Symphony, Lansing Symphony, Norman Philharmonic, Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, and the West Michigan Symphony.

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