Alastair Wright
Eau Claire, WI
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Alastair Wright

Alastair W.

Eau Claire, WI
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Professional saxophonist trained at top conservatories and colleges in the US and UK. Experienced in teaching all levels and ages, from beginner through college students. Students have won district and state competitions and have earned places in college programs. I am currently teaching saxophone at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where I teach music education and performance majors, as well as non-music majors.

About Alastair W.

"Wright’s playing was tremendously technical and high-flying. So high-flying in fact, that when he reached for some of his highest altissimo notes my eyebrows shot up in sympathetic awe." - KC Metropolis Review, 5/29/18.

I currently serve on faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, having previously taught saxophone at the University of Central Missouri. I am a Conn-Selmer endorsing artist. I hold music performance degrees from the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music (Bachelors), UK, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Masters) and the University of Missouri Kansas City (Doctorate).

Through teaching students of all levels from beginner through to graduate performance majors, I have learned to adapt my teaching to suit every individual. I believe in addressing not just instrumental technique, but the broader issues musicality and performance, too. I believe that the study of music should above all be enjoyable and this is important to me in my lessons, while still maintaining a certain discipline required to really get the most out of the study of instrumental music.

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Samantha
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Alastair has been a very patient and supportive teacher and has helped my daughter grow her interest in playing the saxophone.

Posted Jun 16, 2018
Charles
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Very much looking forward to the next lesson. He's perfect for the adult learner.

Posted Jul 27, 2017
Matthew K.
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Overall, Alastair does a great job teaching. Stay tuned.....

Posted May 14, 2016
Matthew
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Alastair has a wealth of experience and knowledge about the saxophone. He's very patient and understanding and only wants you to get better. I hope to be learning under him as well as working with him for years to come.

Posted May 14, 2016

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Experience

Faculty
Jul 2019 - Present

Shell Lake Arts Center

Summer instruction at the Eugene Rousseau Saxophone Workshop at Shell Lake Arts Center

Lecturer of Saxohpone
Aug 2018 - Present

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Faculty
Jun 2017 - Present

Kansas City Saxophone Workshop

Saxophone faculty at the annual Kansas City Saxophone Workshop.

Visiting Clinician
Jan 2016 - Present

Blue Valley Southwest High School

Weekly saxophone classes developing fundamental technique, musicianship and ensemble competition preparation.

Private studio teacher
Sep 2009 - Present

Self

Maintaining a studio of clarinet, saxophone and music theory students from ages 8-39.

Saxophone/Clarinet Teacher
May 2018 - Aug 2018

Kansas City School of Music

Private clarinet and saxophone lessons at the Kansas City School of Music.

Instructor of Saxophone
Jul 2016 - May 2018

University of Central Missouri

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2015 - May 2018

University of Missouri-Kansas City

Teaching supplemental lessons to undergraduate and graduate students, including open studio classes and chamber music coachings.

Teaching Assistant
Aug 2014 - May 2015

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Supplemental weekly lessons to high school and undergraduate students, including occasional master classes, chamber music coachings and community outreach.

Visiting Clarinet and Saxophone Teacher
Sep 2012 - Jul 2013

Hallfield School

Maintaining a private studio of clarinet and saxophone students ages 8-11. National exam preparation, performance and competition preparation, chamber music coaching and wind band directing. Aural skills and theory also taught.

Education

Doctor of Music Performance
Aug 2015 - Aug 2018

University of Missouri Kansas City

Master of Music Performance
Aug 2013 - May 2015

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Bachelor of Music Performance with Honors
Sep 2009 - Jun 2013

Birmingham Conservatoire of Music (United Kingdom)

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Music medals Teacher-Assessor
Sep 2012

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

Certification in preparation for and assessment of ABRSM music medal exams.
Diploma in Saxophone Performance
Jun 2009

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

Awards

Finalist
Jul 2017

Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition, Thailand

Finalist, Coltman Chamber Music Competition
Jan 2016

Coltman Chamber Music Competition

First and Second Prizes, Enkor International Chamber Music Competition
Jan 2015

Enkor International Chamber Music Competitoin

Winner, North Carolina Music Teachers National Assocation Woodwind Chamber Music Competition
Nov 2014

NCMTNA

Winner, UNCSA Concerto Competition
Oct 2014

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Winner, North American Saxophone Alliance National Quartet Competition
Mar 2014

North American Saxophone Alliance 2014

4th Prize, solo, 11th International Music Festival of Padova, Italy
Jul 2013

11th International Music Festival of Padova

Affiliations

Chamber Music America
Sep 2017
Chamber Music America (CMA) is an American non-profit organization that provides small ensemble professionals with access to a variety of professional development, networking, and funding resources. CMA's regular initiatives include grants, awards, and commissioning programs for ensembles and presenters, a national conference held annually in New York City, and the publication of Chamber Music magazine.
North American Saxophone Alliance
Sep 2013
The North American Saxophone Alliance is an organization made up of individuals who share a common interest in the saxophone. Members include professional performers, university professors, public school teachers, students of all levels, and others who have an interest in the saxophone. In addition to the Alliance's emphasis on disseminating information concerning the saxophone, the organization also works to provide opportunities for its members to make music, fostering fellowship among saxophone enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds.

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