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Developing Large Ensemble Skills Through Chamber Music

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  • Chamber music provides students with increased insight into performance in large ensembles and serves as an effective approach to instilling and reinforcing musical concepts, critical thinking and technical skills. As the former saxophone section for the Michigan State University Wind Symphony, the h2 quartet provides models for the development of large ensemble skills within a chamber setting.
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  • 12/17/2014 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
  • Meeting Room W185
  • Jeffrey Loeffert is the Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Music Theory at Oklahoma State University. As a founding member of the h2 quartet, Loeffert has won numerous chamber music prizes including First Place – Gold Medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and First Place at the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition. Loeffert graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Music double major in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Studies. A Frank Huntington Beebe scholar, Loeffert studied in Paris at the CRR – Cergy-Pontoise and the CRR – Boulogne-Billancourt. Loeffert completed graduate studies at Michigan State University (MSU) as the recipient of a University Distinguished Fellowship. He received a Master of Music degree in Saxophone Performance and a Master of Music degree in Music Theory Pedagogy. At MSU, he was awarded the Paul Harder Award for music theory and composition. Loeffert received his DMA degree from MSU.
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  • Jonathan Nichol
  • Jonathan Nichol is the Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Oklahoma. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree and Master of Music degree from Michigan State University (MSU), and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Michigan University. Nichol's primary teachers have been John Nichol, Joseph Lulloff, Rob Smith, Diego Rivera, and Rodney Whitaker. Nichol was a semi-finalist in the 2009 International Concert Artist Guild Competition and a finalist in the 2012 International Concert Artist Guild Competition with h2 quartet. Nichol has also recorded with Billband, a New York based mixed-chamber group dedicated to realizing Grand Valley State University Professor Bill Ryan's compositions. Sparkle, from Billband's album Towards Daybreak (Innova 841) was selected by NPR music as one of the Best 50 Songs of 2013. Jonathan Nichol is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a Vandoren Performing Artist.
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  • Geoffrey Deibel
  • A Washington, D.C. native, Geoffrey Deibel maintains a multi-faceted career as performer, teacher, and researcher. Deibel has appeared at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt, the International Iannis Xenakis Festival in Athens, Greece, and World Saxophone Congresses in the UK, Europe, and Thailand. He holds degrees in history and music from Northwestern University, and a doctoral degree from Michigan State University. His principal teachers have included Joseph Lulloff, Frederick Hemke, Leo Saguiguit, and Reginald Jackson. He has held teaching positions at Grand Valley State University, Alma College, and the University of Florida. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at Wichita State University. Geoff is a Selmer and Vandoren performing artist.
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  • Kimberly Goddard Loeffert
  • Dr. Kimberly Goddard Loeffert is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory at Oklahoma State University. Loeffert has taught music theory, saxophone, and chamber music at Michigan State University and music theory and aural skills at Florida State University where she is a PhD Candidate in Music Theory. Loeffert earned a DMA and MM in Saxophone Performance, as well as an MM in Music Theory Pedagogy from Michigan State University. She holds a BM in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Studies from Northwestern University. Her primary saxophone teachers have included Joe Lulloff, Dr. Frederick Hemke, and Dr. Joseph Wytko. Loeffert is a Vandoren Performing Artist.