Studio News


UT Saxophone Ensemble featured in Performance Showcase at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference.

Nathan Mertens and Gilbert Garza invited to semi-final round of the North American Saxophone Alliance Solo Competition. First UT students ever invited to participate in this competition.

Vermillion Quartet (Nathan Mertens, Gordon Gest, James Sterling, Gilbert Garza) invited to semi-final round of the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition.

UT Saxophone Ensemble gives featured performance at Texas Music Educators Association Conference.

Nathan Mertens (DMA) named Finalist for the prestigious Luce Fellowship.

Jack Roberts (BA – Composition) invited back as Drum Major of The Spirit of Atlanta.


Nathan Mertens, Gilbert Garza and Jamers Sterling all receive honorable mention at the MTNA Young Artist Competition.

Resurgence Quartet advances to Final Around of Coltman Competition.

Nathan Mertens (DMA) named one of 10 finalists in the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Young Artist Competition.

Charlie Chadwell (BM, ’15) accepts TA position at Oklahoma State University, and will begin his MM there in the fall.

Keri Wing (MM ’15) was invited to the Costa Rica Sax Fest Internacional, where she gave a master class at the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica and a recital at the Universidad Nacional Auditorium.

UT Saxophone Ensemble performed at the NASA Region 4 conference at the University of Oklahoma. View the performance here.


Nathan Mertens (DMA) winner of the BSOM Concerto Competition (Wind, Brass, Percussion division). Nathan will perform Henri Tomasi’s Concerto with orchestra in April.

Resurgence! Quartet (Nathan Mertens, Charlie Chadwell, Keri Wing, Gilbert Graza) wins Honorable Mention at the state MTNA Chamber Music Competition.

Nathan Mertens (DMA) wins alternate at the state MTNA Young Artist Competition.

Gilbert Garza (MM) invited to perform at TMEA as soloist with the Texas State University San Marcos Wind Ensemble.