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The Jamaica Plain Saxophone Quartet

Formed in 2017, the JPSQ regularly performs for private events and in community and outreach concerts with a variety of programs that include classical music, pop and rock tunes, jazz standards, South American music, and contemporary classical. Made up of NEC alumni, JPSQ is comprised of Sean Mix, Andy Wilds, Scott Chamberlin, and David Stevens, and often incorporate other freelancing saxophonists into our various projects.

 


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Recognized in 2016 as the 3rd place Finalist for the American Prize in Instrumental Performance, Sean Mix has previously been named a semifinalist in the Londeix International Saxophone Competition (Bangkok, 2014) and the Dilson Florencio International Competition (Brasilia, 2015). Other recent highlights include a recital at the 17th World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France, and regular appearances throughout the United States.

Equally in demand as a chamber musician and ensemble player, Sean appears frequently with groups throughout the Northeast including Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Monadnock Music, Atlantic Symphony, Glens Falls Symphony, Matti Kovler Ensemble, New Thread Saxophone Quartet, Area 9 Quartet, and Chagall Performance Art Collaborative. An enthusiastic interpreter of new music, Sean has collaborated with composers including Thomas Oboe Lee, David Amram, Ken Ueno, Alex Mincek, Gunther Schuller, Christian Lauba, and many more. These partnerships have resulted in several commissions and numerous premieres of new works.

Sean studied at Boston University, the New England Conservatory of Music, and the University of Southern California. He is a member of the music faculty at the Wellesley Public Schools, where he enjoys working with young saxophone and clarinet students.

Sean is an Endorsing Artist for Conn-Selmer, Inc. and Selmer Paris saxophones.


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Andy Wilds is a saxophonist and music educator based in Boston, Massachusetts. He has performed with such acclaimed groups as the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the Round Top Festival Orchestra, and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble. Wilds can be heard on several recordings, including the most recent TexSax album, Over the Rainbow and Bach Again, the debut album from the Austin Saxophone Ensemble, Plunge, as well as the 2016 release from the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Wine-Dark Sea.

Andy earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Performance from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012, where he studied with Professor Harvey Pittel, serving as Teaching Assistant for the saxophone studio. In 2019, he earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the New England Conservatory, where he studied saxophone with Ken Radnofsky.


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Scott Chamberlin is an advocate for the saxophone in all music, new and old. He performs often in the Boston area with local orchestras, small ensembles and as a chamber and solo musician. In addition to traditional performance, educational outreach is very important to Scott. He has performed throughout New England and Europe. Scott recently completed a Masters of Music degree at the New England Conservatory, where he won the 2016 and 2018 concerto competitions. He is currently enrolled at NEC as a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree. In addition to a busy schedule as a performer and student, Scott teaches both saxophone and music theory.

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David Stevens is a Boston-based saxophonist and woodwind doubler, performing in classical, improvisational, jazz, and musical theatre. He is a educator with over 14 years of experience teaching saxophone, flute, clarinet, music theory and beginning piano. He is an arts administrator, with experience managing ensembles, producing and programming concerts, and working for composers. He is a writer, concert reviewer, theorist, arranger, archivist, and promoter of contemporary music.

 

 

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