Position: Assistant Professor
Office: RiverCenter 2912
Discipline: Woodwinds - Saxophone
Dr. Joseph Girard has been appointed Visiting Lecturer in Music—Saxophone, for the 2015-2016 academic year at the Schwob School of Music. Joe enjoys a rising career as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. His performances have taken him from Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Walt Disney Hall, Meyerson Symphony Center, Krannert Center, and Kravis Center all the way to St. Andrews, Paris, Versailles, Strasbourg, Montreux, Geneva, Thessaloniki, Beijing, Shanghai, and Osaka. Additionally, he has appeared at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Music From Angel Fire, and the Lake George Music Festival.
As an active chamber musician, and tenor saxophonist of the Donald Sinta Quartet (DSQ), he received First Prize at the 2013 Concert Artists Guild (CAG) Victor Elmaleh Competition in New York City. As a result, DSQ presented their Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall in November 2014 and is now professionally managed by CAG. DSQ also received the Alice Coleman Grand Prize at the 2013 Coleman Chamber Music Competition and First Place at the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition in 2012. DSQ can be heard on the premiere recording of William Bolcom’s Concerto Grosso for Saxophone Quartet and Band with the University of Michigan Symphony Band and conductor Michael Haithcock on the 2011 recording Artifacts. The group has been featured on WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase with Bob Sherman, in addition to their live performances being broadcast regularly on American Public Media’s Performance Today. DSQ is dedicated to community engagement and education and has presented clinics in Connecticut, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Texas, and for the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles.
Joe has been active in commissioning new music with the DSQ as well as with Houston Symphony violist, Jarita Ng. He has worked with David Biedenbender, William Bolcom, Paul Dooley, Daniel Knaggs, Kristen Kuster, and Roger Zare. In addition to expanding concert saxophone repertoire Joe is passionate about masterpieces written for winds and strings, regularly performing transcriptions by Bach, Barber, Bruch, Dvořák, Grieg, and Shostakovich.
Dr. Girard received his Doctorate from Michigan State University where he served as a teaching assistant to Joseph Lulloff and was awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship. He completed his Master and Bachelor of Music at the University of Michigan under the tutelage of Donald Sinta, serving as teaching assistant during his Master’s studies. Additionally, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and applies many of the concepts from the sciences to his teaching and performing. Joe is a Selmer Performing Artist and performs exclusively on Selmer Paris Saxophones.