New Millennium Saxophone Quartet
New Millennium Saxophone Quartet Residency
Sunday, October 7
6:30 p.m. - The Evolution of a Career in Music, Free & Open to the Public, Haddock Performance Hall
Monday, October 8
7:30 p.m. - New Millennium Saxophone Masterclass, Free & Open to the Public, Music Room 116
Tuesday, October 9
2:30 p.m. - University of Idaho Saxophone Studio Masterclass, Free & Open to the Public, Haddock Performance Hall
7:30 p.m. - New Millennium Saxophone Quartet Recital, $3-$5, Haddock Performance Hall
Wednesday, October 10
9:30-1:30 - Private Lessons with University of Idaho Saxophone Studio
5 p.m. - New Millennium Quartet Recital, Eastern Washington University
Thursday, October 11
2:30-5 p.m. - Record at WSU studio
8 p.m. - Bucer's Coffee House Pub with Palouse Jazz Project and Guests
During 2001-2003 Scotty Stepp was granted a Fulbright Fellowship and a Harriet Hale Wooley scholarship to study in Paris, France, under the direction of acclaimed saxophonist Jean-Yves Fourmeau. Stepp has performed throughout the United States, Europe and China.
Most notable are performances at the United States Embassy in Paris, France; selected performer at the German-American Fulbright Program’s 50th anniversary conference in Berlin, Germany; and performances in Greece, Cyprus and Italy. A proponent of new music, Stepp regularly commissions and performs compositions both as a soloist and member of the Solaire Quartet. He was recently selected as the Indiana representative to the Global Première Consortium Commissioning Project. Other saxophone experiences include first prize winner at the 1998 National Saxophone Competition of the North American Saxophone Alliance in Evanston, Illinois; semi-finalist at the 1998 2nd International Adolphe Sax Competition in Dinant, Belgium; finalist in the 1999 Crane Festival of NEWMUSIC competition in Potsdam, New York; and prize winner as a member of the Millennium Saxophone Quartet at the Fischoff 2000 National Chamber Music Competition. He performs with several local orchestras including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Vanessa Sielert is director of the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho. She has also served as associate professor of saxophone at the Lionel Hampton School of music, professor of saxophone on the faculties of Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle Pacific University and and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Sielert received a Bachelor of Music in music education and saxophone performance from the University of Idaho, a Master of Music in saxophone performance from Baylor University and a Doctor of Musical Arts in saxophone performance from the University of Illinois. She has studied saxophone with Robert Miller, Michael Jacobson and Debra Richtmeyer.
Sielert has performed with a wide range of performing groups including the Palouse Jazz Project, the Emerald City Jazz Orchestra, the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, the Federal Way Symphony, Orchestra Seattle and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. As a member of the Millennium Saxophone Quartet, she was a medal winner at the prestigious Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. She has performed as a soloist and quartet member at conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance and at meetings of the World Saxophone Congress in Minneapolis and Montreal.
In 2006, she founded the Free Range Saxophone Quartet. Their first CD, “Fireflies,” was released on Origin Classical Records in 2011. She can be heard on several other recent recordings, including “The Music of Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays, Vol. 2” with the Bob Curnow Big Band, “Come Rain or Come Shine” with the Emerald City Jazz Orchestra, “In Progress” with the Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra, “From There to Here” with the Vern Sielert Dektet and “America’s Tribute to Adolphe Sax, Vol XIII and XIV.” As an advocate of new music, she has commissioned numerous compositions for saxophone, including a concerto by composer Kenneth Fuchs premiered in 2013. In addition to her performance schedule, Sielert is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the northwest.
Equally at home as a jazz and classical saxophonist, Conn-Selmer Endorsing Artist Matt Olson is a scholar and performer in the areas of jazz and saxophone. He has performed with a number of renowned artists, including Randy Brecker, Kurt Elling, Benny Carter, Ken Peplowski, Kevin Mahogany, Chris Vadala, Doc Severinsen, Manhattan Transfer, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, Johnny Mathis, Wayne Newton, the Temptations, the Four Tops, children's entertainer Shari Lewis, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. His performances have taken him to the Montreal Jazz Festival as well as Chicago's Jazz Showcase and Orchestra Hall.
Olson has performed at numerous conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance and the World Saxophone Congress. He has also been a featured guest artist and clinician at Northwestern University, Arizona State University, the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, the University of Idaho, and high schools throughout the United States. His article on Jerry Bergonzi's approach to intervallic improvisation was published in Downbeat magazine, and his jazz compositions are published by Walrus Music. Olson's debut jazz recording, Vortex, was released in 2006. He is also a co-leader of the Unhinged Sextet, a collaborative jazz sextet dedicated to the recording of original compositions. The group features educators from a number of key music schools throughout the United States. Unhinged’s first recording, Clarity, released on OA2 Records in March 2015, has received worldwide radio airplay and numerous positive reviews. They will record their second project in 2016 and release it in early 2017.
Olson is active nationally as a clinician and adjudicator. He has presented clinics at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Jazz Education Network Conference. He previously served as instructor of saxophone for the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities and summer jazz instructor for the National High School Music Institute at Northwestern University. Olson also conducted one of two South Carolina Band Directors Association All-State Jazz Ensembles in 2005. He holds memberships in a variety of professional music societies, including the North American Saxophone Alliance, BMI, Pi Kappa Lambda, MENC, Music Teachers National Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Associate Professor of Saxophone Connie Frigo joined the UGA faculty in 2011 and is thrilled to call Athens home. She has worn many hats as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, columnist, and founder of numerous festivals. She thrives on interdisciplinary work that allows people to discover the common ground that exists between disciplines.
Highlights of Dr. Frigo’s career include six years with the premiere U.S. Navy Band, Washington, D.C., a position she won as a junior in college; seven years touring nationally as the baritone saxophonist with the New Century Saxophone Quartet; and faculty positions at the Universities of Tennessee, Maryland and Ithaca College. She is a Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands, where she studied with Dutch virtuoso Arno Bornkamp. She has been an invited guest artist at numerous universities across the country. She has served as Coordinator of Competitions and Program Chair for the North American Saxophone Alliance biennial conferences.
Frigo’s students have won concerto, young artist, and chamber music competitions at regional and national levels. At the U. of Tenn., she was voted Distinguished Teacher of the Year by the student body. At UGA, she is working with the Torrance Center for Creativity to measure the impact creativity can have on the learning and teaching of classical music.
Frigo is a Henri Selmer Paris artist and D’Addario artist. Her degrees are from Ithaca College (BM), U. of Illinois (MM), Conservatorium van Amsterdam and U. of South Carolina (DMA). Her teachers are Steven Mauk, Debra Richtmeyer, Arno Bornkmap and Clifford Leaman.