ISSAC's competition will be judged by a panel of professional saxophonists who are among the most respected and renowned performers and educators from Asia, Canada, and the United States: Griffin Campbell (USA), Susan Fancher (USA), Connie Frigo (USA), Chien-Kwan Lin (Singapore), Patrick Meighan (USA), and Julia Nolan (Canada).
Griffin Campbell has appeared to critical acclaim as a performer throughout the United States and in Slovenia, China, Italy, Great Britain, and Japan. Conference performances include solo appearances at meetings of the World Saxophone Congress, North American Saxophone Alliance, the Society of Composers, Inc., the Percussive Arts Society, National Flute Association, the College Music Society, the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, and the International Computer Music Conference.
World premieres include concerti, chamber music, electro-acoustic works, and smaller pieces both in America and in Europe. His recordings can be found on the Capstone, Cat Crisis, Centaur, Electronic Music Foundation, Innova, SEAMUS, Vestige, and WorldWinds labels. He has conducted seminars and master classes in saxophone performance at universities, conservatories, and conferences throughout the United States and abroad, including in Italy at the Faenza International Saxophone Festival (2004, 2006), and in China at the Xian International Clarinet and Saxophone Festival (2005).
His musical explorations have included recitals, concerti, orchestral performance, group improvisation, free jazz, improvised movie scores, pop/rock, and big band section playing.
Dr. Campbell holds degrees from Michigan State University (PhD, MM; saxophone studies with James Forger) and Pfeiffer College (BA; saxophone studies with Donald Grant and Michael Price). He is the Regional Director for the Southeastern US and Puerto Rico and web-master for the North American Saxophone Alliance, and is Professor of Saxophone and Chair of the Instrumental Performance Division at the Louisiana State University School of Music, where he has been on faculty since 1984.
Griffin Campbell performs on Selmer saxophones and Vandoren mouthpieces and reeds.
Susan Fancher is known for her deep and poetic musical interpretations. Critics have called her "one of the reigning wonders of the saxophone" and praised her "sweet expressive tone." A much sought after performer of new music, she has inspired and premiered nearly 100 new works for saxophone.
Most recently, she has championed a new repertoire of concertos for soprano saxophone. The 2013-2014 season included the premiere of a concerto, based on Celtic themes, composed for her by David Kirkland Garner, with the Duke Wind Symphony under the direction of Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant. In April 2012, she premiered Mark Engebretson's Concerto for soprano saxophone and orchestra in Sala São Paulo under the baton of Ligia Amadio. Her May 2013 CD release "Of Erthe and Air: Susan Fancher and friends play music of Hilary Tann" (Arizona University Records CD 5014) features a live performance from 2009 of Tann's soprano saxophone concerto with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra. Two additional CD releases came out in the 2013-14 season: "Mosaic" (with Robert Meunier, James Romain and the Drake University Wind Ensemble, Mark Records 50781-MCD) and "Tikvah" (Burton Beerman's multimedia oratorio for saxophone quartet, voice, dance and video on Albany Records, TROY 1448).
Other recent concerto appearances include several performances of Michael Torke's Concerto for soprano saxophone in its new version with wind ensemble, commissioned by Susan Fancher and a consortium of wind ensembles, as well as Mark Engebretson's Duo Concertante together with saxophonist James Romain and the Drake University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Robert Meunier.
Susan Fancher's career has featured hundreds of concerts internationally both as a soloist and as the member of chamber music ensembles, including the Red Clay, Amherst, Vienna and Rollin' Phones saxophone quartets. She has appeared in many of the world's leading concert venues, performing in Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, the Amphitheater at the Chautauqua Institution, London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, Vienna's Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Filharmonia Hall in Warsaw, Orchestra Hall in Malmö, Sweden, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and at ISCM festivals in Albania and Bulgaria, the Gaida Festival in Lithuania, June in Buffalo, California State University at Sacramento's Festival of New American Music, the University of Richmond's Third Practice Festival, the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, Society of Composers, Inc. concerts, the New York Electroacoustic Music Festival, SEAMUS Festival, Southern Exposure new music series at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, Hörgänge and Wien Modern Festivals in Vienna, and on CBS Sunday Morning. Tours have taken her around the world to Albania, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Thailand and throughout the US.
Susan Fancher's discography lists over twenty CDs on Arizona University Records, Philips, New World, Lotus Records Salzburg, Parma, Extraplatte and Innova Records. She plays exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones and Vandoren mouthpieces, reeds and ligatures. She teaches saxophone. Susan Fancher is a regularly featured columnist for the Saxophone Journal (now Saxophone Today) and an artist clinician for the Selmer and Vandoren companies. She is on the faculties of Duke University and the New England Music Camp. Her teachers have included Frederick Hemke, Jean-Marie Londeix and Michael Grammatico.
Connie Frigo 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. She joined the faculty of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia in 2011 where she currently serves as Assistant Professor of Saxophone.
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 Tennessee, she was voted Distinguished Teacher of the Year by the student body. At the University of Georgia, she is working with the Torrance Center for Creativity to measure the impact creativity can have on the learning and teaching of classical music.
Connie 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.
Chien-Kwan Lin has appeared as soloist and guest artist with the United States Navy Band, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, the New World Symphony, the Portland (ME) Symphony, as well as the philharmonic and chamber orchestras of Boston, Rochester, Sichuan and Thailand.
Mr. Lin's performances have garnered excellent reviews by critics in New York and Boston. His critically-acclaimed Carnegie Hall recital prompted New York Concert Review to portray him as a performer "who has the passion and restraint and beautiful sense of line to take melody where it wants to go, fully and generously," while the Boston Globe has lauded him for "displaying chops," and has described his playing as "polished," "charismatic," and "appealing."
Recent appearances by Mr. Lin have included the World Saxophone Congress, North American Saxophone Alliance, Selmer Showroom (Paris), Steinway Hall (NYC), New England Saxophone Symposium, Texas Tech University International Saxophone Artists Series, U.S. Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, Saxorama Festival (Canada), Fromm Players of Harvard University, and the Formosa Chamber Music Society of New York. He has presented master classes across the U.S. and internationally, including the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP), National Taipei University for the Arts, Mahidol University (Thailand), as well as the Shenyang, Sichuan and Central (Beijing) Conservatories in China.
Mr. Lin's recording of Lei Liang's Memories of Xiaoxiang for Alto Saxophone & Tape (Mode Records) was selected among "Amazon.com: Best 20th/21st Century Classical of 2009," and his recording of David Liptak's Serenade for Alto Saxophone & String Orchestra, which John Pitcher of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle called "brilliantly recorded," is available on Bridge Records.
Since winning top prizes in Singapore's National Music Competition four consecutive times (violin category), Mr. Lin has enjoyed a multi-faceted career. He won a Best Conductor Award at Singapore's National Band Leaders Festival, and also worked for several years as a jazz violinist. In addition, he has appeared as orchestral violinist with the New Hampshire Symphony, the Indian Hill Symphony, and the Hannover (NH) Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Lin is currently Associate Professor of Saxophone at the Eastman School of Music, where members of his studio have been frequent prizewinners at some of the nation's most prestigious competitions. He is the founder and director of the Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP), as well as the recipient of the 2012-2013 Eisenhart Award for Excellence in Teaching. Mr. Lin is an artist and clinician for Selmer and Vandoren companies, and performs exclusively on these products. He holds degrees from the New England Conservatory (BM, MM) and Eastman (Performer's Certificate, DMA). His teachers have included Ken Radnofsky and Ramon Ricker.
Patrick Meighan serves as the Albert N. Tipton Professor of Music at the Florida State University College of Music, where he was appointed as the first artist-teacher of saxophone in 1974.
He has concertized as a soloist and ensemble recitalist throughout the continental United States, Australia, Canada, China, Europe, and South America, and has appeared in music festivals and on radio and television in Albania, Colombia, Croatia, Germany, Japan, Kosovo, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Switzerland.
Described in Musical America as "...most exceptional, with an otherworldly tone and fluid technique..." Professor Meighan has been the recipient of a 1988 Partners of the Americas Recital Grant to Colombia; a 1992 Fulbright Grant to Australia; a bronze medal at The 1993 International Chamber Music Competition and Festa in Osaka, Japan; and a 2003 U.S. Government Grant for concerts and classes at the 4th International Chamber Music Festival in Pristina, Kosovo.
He holds degrees from Baldwin-Wallace College and The University of Michigan. His teachers have been Samuel Pattie, Galan Kral, Larry Teal, and pioneering classical saxophonist Sigurd Raschèr.
Students of Professor Meighan have won national and international solo and chamber music competitions - including first place in the 1999 and 2007 MTNA Young Artist Chamber Music Competitions - and hold positions on music faculties in the United States and abroad. Three former students are currently members of the internationally renowned Raschèr Saxophone Quartet. On April 25, 2009 the "Mana Quartet" from FSU became the first saxophone quartet to win the grand prize at the 63rd Annual Coleman International Chamber Ensemble Competition.
Julia Nolan maintains an active performing schedule committed to promoting new works for the saxophone and has commissioned works by Canadian composers Stephen Chatman, Neal Currie, Keith Hamel, Jacquie Leggatt, Hope Lee,Alan Matheson, Alain Mayrand, Robert Pritchard, Nicolas Scherzinger, and Fred Stride.
In 1991, the CBC commissioned Fred Stride to write a concerto for Julia Nolan, which was recorded in the CBC studio for a national broadcast premiere. In 2005, Julia Nolan premiered a second CBC commissioned Concerto, this one by Canadian Ian McDougall with the CBC Vancouver Orchestra conducted by Alain Trudel. The McDougall Concerto was programmed in 2006 with the Kamloops Symphony and is being considered for performances with other orchestras.
Julia Nolan has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera Association, and the Vancouver New Music Society and has given recitals in Canada, Europe, and the US. In 2006, she premiered two commissioned works by Canadian composers Stephen Chatman and Robert Pritchard at the World Saxophone Congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
In 2003, she was a featured soloist with orchestra at the World Saxophone Congress in Minneapolis, MN. Julia Nolan is a member of Alan Matheson's many jazz groups and is featured on his recently released CD Intrada and has performed with the Festival Vancouver Jazz Orchestra backing up Phil Woods, Bud Shank, Campbell Ryga, and Clark Terry. Julia Nolan premieredConcertino (written for her) by Charles Stolte in February 2009 and performed Fred Stride's wind ensemble version of his concerto in January (UBC) and in February (UVIC) 2009.
Julia Nolan is a PhD Candidate in Curriculum and Pedagogy through the Faculty of Education at UBC. Her thesis Artistry through Pedagogy: Conversations with artist-teachers Frederick Hemke, Eugene Rousseau, and Donald Sinta is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).