Dr. David Nabb
UNK Department of Music and Performing Arts, 308.865.8606
UNK– “Saxophone Madness,” a clinic for junior and senior high school saxophonists and their teachers along with a 5 p.m. performance by guest clinician Dr. Anna Marie Wytko, is set for Tuesday, April 20, at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
Dr. Wytko, a member of the Kansas State University, faculty, teaches saxophone, chamber music and music theory. She has performed throughout the United States and in England, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Canada and Mexico. Recently, she performed Karel Husa’s “Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Concert Band” with the Kansas State University symphony band and was orchestral saxophonist with the Minnesota Orchestra at the Musicfest Festival Orchestra in Arizona.
There is no charge to attend “Saxophone Madness,” which will take place from 3-6 p.m. in the Unk Fine Arts Recital Hall. The entire event is free and open to the public, in addition to junior and senior high school saxophonists and their teachers. Registration is available through Dr. David Nabb, UNK music and performing arts professor, by contacting him at 308.865.8606 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 5 p.m. performance will feature Dr. Wytko, along with Dr. Nabb and Saxothology, the UNK saxophone quartet.
Dr. Wytko is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota (BM, saxophone), where she also earned her master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees. A student of Dr. Eugene Rousseau and recipient of the prestigious Berneking Fellowship, she served as saxophone instructor (elective studio instruction) and assistant to Dr. Rousseau while at the University of Minnesota. In addition, Dr. Wytko is also a member of the faculty for the Eugene Rousseau Saxophone Workshop at Shell Lake Arts Center in Shell Lake, Wis.
Last year, Dr. Wytko presented composer Libby Larsen’s “Bid Call for Alto Saxophone and Cello” as one of only three saxophonists invited to perform at the international event honoring the composer. As a guest soloist with the Kansas State University Symphony Orchestra, she presented the world premiere performance of Craig Weston’s “Elegy and Dance,” a work dedicated to her.
In 2004, Dr. Wytko presented the world premier performance of Greg Steinke’s “Expressions II– On the Paintings of Wassily Kandinsky,” a work written for, and dedicated to, Dr. Wytko and her father, saxophonist Joseph Wytko.
Dr. Wytko is currently working on recording sessions with internationally known saxophonist Dr. Eugene Rousseau, preparing for a solo CD of music for saxophone and composing work with composer Libby Larsen for new saxophone work.
In the fall, she will be a guest artist in residence at the “Best of the West” music festival in Junction, Colo., where she will perform composer John Mackey’s “Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Band” with the Mesa State College Wind Symphony.