Alastair Wright

Alastair W.

Kansas City, MO
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Lesson Details

Music Performance

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As an accomplished and frequent performer, I have much experience in preparing for a variety of performance situations from formal recitals, auditions to informal parties. I am able to coach individuals and groups in all aspects that go in to performance, such as stage presence, talking in public and writing program notes, as well as the music itself.
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About

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Alastair delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2009

"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've been teaching saxophone and clarinet privately for 10 years. I currently serve on faculty at the University of Central Missouri as Instructor of Saxophone, and teach saxophone and clarinet at the Kansas City School of Music. 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). I am currently completing my Doctorate in Music Performance at the University of Missouri Kansas City.

I love working with students of all ages, whether you have goals of making all-state, entering into college music programs, or are simply learning for fun! Past high school students have had successes at district and state-level competitions, and have secured places in several college music programs.

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Experience

Saxophone/Clarinet Teacher
May 2018 - Present
Kansas City School of Music

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

Faculty
Jun 2017 - Present
Kansas City Saxophone Workshop

Saxophone faculty at the annual Kansas City Saxophone Workshop.

Instructor of Saxophone
Jul 2016 - Present
University of Central Missouri

Visiting Clinician
Jan 2016 - Present
Blue Valley Southwest High School

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

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2015 - Present
University of Missouri-Kansas City

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

Private studio teacher
Sep 2009 - Present
Self

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

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 - Present
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.

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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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Photos & Videos

Performing with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Prince Mahidol Hall, July 2017.

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Conn Selmer endorsing artist.

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Alastair plays Tomasi's Concerto for Alto Saxophone with the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra
Trio Dionysus showreel. Alastair, left.
Cooper: Four Impromptus, Mvt. II.
Alastair Wright (left, soprano sax) with Dasch Quartet playing David Biedenbender's "you've been talking in your sleep."
Alastair playing Soprano with Trio Dionysus. Mvt. II from Anton Arensky's Trio in D Minor
Performing with Trio Dionysus (soprano saxophone, left) at Arizona State University.

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Coaching quartets at the Kansas City Saxophone Day

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4 Reviews

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Samantha Jun 16, 2018
Saxophone · In studio

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

Charles Jul 27, 2017
Saxophone · Online

Very much looking forward to the next lesson. He's perfect for the adult learner.

Matthew K. May 14, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Overall, Alastair does a great job teaching. Stay tuned.....

Matthew May 14, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

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.

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