Christopher Creviston, Soprano Saxophone
Soprano saxophonist Christopher Creviston is internationally known as a player and teacher. As a classical musician he has toured and recorded with the Detroit Symphony, and has appeared as featured soloist with several orchestras including his professional concerto debut playing Villa-Lobos’ "Fantasia" with the National Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Creviston has played in Carnegie Hall as a recital soloist and with the Detroit Symphony, at Prince’s birthday party at Paisley Park, and live on BET’s "BET on Jazz".
Christopher was selected as winner of the North American Saxophone Alliance’s Classical Competition, a finalist in the New York Concert Artist's Guild, finalist in the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, and has won numerous other competitions. He has appeared in concert with jazz artists Jon Faddis, Bobby Shew, Bunky Green, Jim Snidero, Bob Mintzer, Steve Houghton, Vinny DiMartino, Dave Liebman and Marvin Stamm, pop stars Crystal Gayle, Maureen McGovern, Billy Porter, Ben Vereen and Kim Sozzi, and comedy legend Bob Hope.
Christopher received both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Saxophone form Michigan State University, studying with James Forger, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Michigan, where he was a student of Donald Sinta. Now based in Tempe, AZ, Creviston is currently Professor of Saxophone at Arizona State University.
Joseph Lulloff, Alto Saxophone
Alto saxophonist Joseph Lulloff is in demand as a soloist and clinician throughout the United States and abroad. He has been featured as guest soloist with the Cleveland, Minnesota, and Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestras, the US Navy Band, the Dallas Wind Symphony, the Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Polizeiorchester Bayern, and many other university groups, orchestras, and wind bands in the United States and abroad. He has enjoyed working under many leading conductors as principle saxophonist in the Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras. Recordings of him can be found on Albany, Arabesque, AUR, Blue Griffin, Channel Classics, RCA, and White Pine. At MSU, his students have won several notable competitions, including the Gold Medal Prize in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and first prizes in the Coleman, Carmel, Coltman, NASA, Plowman, and MTNA Competitions. During the summer months, Prof. Lulloff serves on the artist-teaching faculty at the Brevard Music Center as well as at the Great Plains Saxophone Workshop at the University of Oklahoma. A recipient of the Concert Artist Guild and Pro Musicis Awards and the Michigan State University Beal Distinguished Faculty Award and Withrow Excellence in Teaching Awards, he currently holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Saxophone at Michigan State University.
David Stambler, Tenor Saxophone
Tenor saxophonist and arranger David B. Stambler has established himself as a much sought-after musician throughout the United States, performing both jazz and classical music. He has performed with many orchestras including the Baltimore, National and Richmond Symphonies, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Bay Atlantic Symphony, and the National Gallery Orchestra. He has accompanied many of the top entertainers in the world today, - Bobby McFerrin, Louie Bellson, Aaron Neville, Smokey Robinson, Rosemary Clooney, and many others - and has appeared at jazz festivals throughout the Mid- Atlantic region.
David has commissioned and/or premiered many compositions for the saxophone, including Five Portraits by Jonathan Leshnoff, November by Elam Sprenkle, premiered with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra; Dos Movimientos by Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, premiered with the Bay Atlantic Symphony (NJ); Suite for Alto Saxophone by Mark Lanz Weiser, the Concerto for Saxophone by 2002 Aaron Copland Award winner James Grant, and Still the Fire for Alto Saxophone, Cello, and Piano by John Anthony Lennon.
David studied clarinet at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and then received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Saxophone from the University of Michigan, where he was a student of Donald Sinta. He holds a Master of Music degree from the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland. He served as Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at Towson University in Maryland, and is now Professor of Saxophone at Penn State University.
Henning Schroeder, Baritone Saxophone
Saxophonist Henning Schröder has performed at major venues and festivals throughout Europe, Southeast Asia and the United States, both as a soloist and in groups as diverse as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Max Raabe & Palast Orchester, and Opus21. As baritone saxophonist of the acclaimed Capitol Quartet and with his duo partner, pianist Yu-Lien The, Henning explores both the standard and contemporary repertoire of his instrument, constantly seeking to expand it in collaboration with composers. Henning is frequently featured as a soloist, chamber musician, lecturer or composer at national and international conferences in Europe and the United States, most recently the 2015 World Saxophone Congress “SaxOpen” in Strassbourg, France, the 2016 Biennial Conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance in Texas and the 2017 International Saxophone Symposium of the US Navy Band.
Beginning with his tenure at the University of Pelita Harapan in Indonesia, Henning has developed a research interest in ethnomusicology, particularly focusing on the use of the saxophone in diverse music systems. His contributions to the 2014 book “Saxophon – Ein Instrument und sein Erfinder” reflect his broad interest in the history and diversification of the instrument. Moreover, he has devoted himself to the development and promotion of extended techniques, as they are frequently found in the modern repertoire of the instrument, such as circular breathing or slap tonguing. Through lectures and presentations as well as the composition of etudes, Henning attempts to convince both performers and audiences of the saxophone's countless colors and effects.
A dedicated pedagogue, Henning serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Ohio Northern University, where he teaches saxophone, chamber music, music theory and music history. His degrees in saxophone performance and saxophone pedagogy include the terminal Konzertexamen from the University of Arts Berlin as well as a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois, where he worked with Johannes Ernst and Debra Richtmeyer, respectively. Additional mentors include Trent Kynaston and Chip McNeill.
Banner photo by Afrodita Ellerman