Gwenn OKeeffe
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Gwenn OKeeffe

Gwenn O.

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About Gwenn O.

I've been playing the saxophone for 40 years! I come from a very musical family. My grandfather and father are both musicians and there was always something musical happening in our home with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra members just hanging out playing quartets with my dad and grandpa. I was hooked on music since then. It was really cool!

I loved playing in the concert band just for fun but also for the thrill of trying to audition for district and All State. I was lucky enough to get into those groups. My teachers taught me, though, that the real prize was learning to tackle the piece of music so when I didn't make the cut, which did happen sometimes, I learned that was ok. We just moved to the next musical moment on my journey.

I was a music major in college and my mentor was Bill Barron. Look him up. He was a fantastic tenor saxophone player. He played with some great jazz folks. We were able to play in NYC in jazz clubs. I didn't want to be labelled as a jazz saxophone player so I also played classical saxophone and played the Alexander Glazunov concerto for my music major. During those years, I learned to write music, too, and still do - on music paper and online. It's really fun and I love helping people do that when they are interested.

Since college, I keep playing in as many ways as possible. I play in concert bands and with teachers. I also teach people of all ages in the saxophone sections where I play and when they need help in my own kids schools. It's a passion I have so deeply I love to pass it on.

My teaching philosophy is simple: fun first. I find ways to help people learn in whatever way works for that person. Music comes in so many forms we would work together to make it what you want to be. I want you to enjoy music the way I did watching my dad and grandpa play in my living room so many years ago. If I can do that, I know I've done something right.

Give me a call and we can get started!

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Education

Medicine
Jul 1988 - May 1992

Tufts University School of Medicine

BA with Honors in Music
Sep 1984 - May 1988

Wesleyan University

Eastman Summer Saxophone Workshop
Jul 1986 - Jul 1986

Eastman School of Music

Languages

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

American Academy of Pediatrics
Jul 1988
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 64,000 pediatricians committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.
Phi Beta Kappa
May 1988
The Phi Beta Kappa Society celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.

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