2017 – 2018

Nathan Nabb

Saxophonist Nathan Nabb maintains a vibrant and diverse international schedule as a performer, clinician and teacher. A regular performer with the St. Louis and Houston Symphonies, he has worked with renowned conductors Michael Tilson-Thomas, David Robertson, Hans Graf, Marin Alsop, Michael Stern, and Keith Lockhart. His solo and chamber recordings on the Amp, BIS, and Innova labels have clearly positioned Nathan as a bold champion of new music, featuring acclaimed performances of composers ranging from Luciano Berio and Milton Babbitt to Philip Glass and Mari Takano.

In addition to other engagements with the Minnesota Orchestra, New World Symphony, and IRIS Chamber Orchestra, Nathan performed in the second major staging of John Adams’ Nixon in China in 2004. As a chamber musician, Dr. Nabb is the soprano chair of the Oasis Quartet whose debut recording was released in the spring of 2011 on Innova Recordings. His solo CD, Tangled Loops, was released in 2009 on AMP Recordings.

Nathan was a finalist at the Coleman International Chamber Music Competition and a three-time semifinalist at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, winning the silver medal in 2001. His current activities span the United States, Europe, and Asia, and his career is featured in the March/April 2010 issue of the “Saxophone Journal.”

Dr. Nabb currently serves as Associate Professor of Saxophone at Stephen F. Austin State University where he teaches saxophone and chamber music. Prior to moving to Texas, he taught at Morehead State University in Kentucky. Dr. Nabb’s students have won many competitions both 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 local and regional clinics.

Nathan received his Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees in saxophone performance from Northwestern University, where he studied with Dr. Frederick Hemke and was a two-time winner of the Northwestern University Chamber Music competition. His bachelor’s degree is from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he studied with Professor Debra Richtmeyer.

Nathan proudly endorses Vandoren and Selmer products and performs on Vandoren mouthpieces, ligatures and reeds and Selmer Paris Saxophones exclusively.

 


 

David Wegehaupt, Splinter Reeds

David Wegehaupt is a musician/saxophonist/improviser/teacher/human committed to the performance and promotion of contemporary music. He loves making and listening to sounds of many sorts and collaborates regularly with composers and musicians whose ideas and organizations of sound he finds to be particularly satisfying. So far, he’s played over fifty world premieres, many North American premieres, and countless household premieres. He now lives in Buffalo, New York after living in San Francisco, Phoenix, and Chicago over the last decade.

As a soloist and with the chamber groups he has co-founded (Anubis Quartet, Splinter Reeds, and Athletics), David has played recitals throughout the United States, in Mexico, Canada, Belgium, Greece, Germany, France, Italy, and Thailand. Since moving to Buffalo in August 2015, David has been involved with Wooden Cities and null point. He has appeared as a guest saxophonist with some pretty stellar groups, including the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Ensemble Dal Niente, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and Prism Saxophone Quartet.

David is lucky to have studied with three of the greatest saxophone teachers around while pursuing music degrees:

  • Dr. John Sampen (Bachelor of Music, 2007 – Bowling Green State University)
  • Jean-Michel Goury (Fulbright studies in France)
  • Dr. Timothy McAllister (Master of Music 2010 – Arizona State University)

In his life so far, besides playing music and teaching saxophone lessons, David has worked on the curatorial team at a really cool museum, as a recording engineer, owned a dog running business, and worked at music venues doing stage manager-ish things.

Outside of music, David enjoys reading, running, nature, meditation and wobbly beginner yoga, various sports, eating, drinking, and many other normal-ish activities/things.