enjoys a multi-faceted career as an international soloist, chamber and orchestral musician and educator and has been lauded as a “virtuoso player and superb soloist”. In addition to her performing and teaching, she offers Alexander Technique lessons and group seminars for a variety of populations globally.
She is on Eastern Music Festival (EMF) faculty with whom she records annually under Gerard Schwarz’s leadership. She performs regularly with the North Carolina, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Roanoke symphonies and an array of chamber organizations on the eastern seaboard. A keen advocate of new music, she continues to ardently promote, co-commission and premiere new works around the world. She regularly offers master classes at conservatories, festivals and conferences around the globe as a Conn-Selmer clinician. Recently she was guest faculty for the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and Central Conservatory in Beijing and offered master classes to Shanghai Conservatory and Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brasil students. She is a sought-after soloist for many orchestras and bands in the US and abroad.
Ms. Saxton concertizes nationally with her UNCSA colleagues Timothy Olsen, organ, and Allison Gagnon, piano with whom she recorded her acclaimed solo CD Contest and Concert Pieces for Trumpet
– issued worldwide by the International Trumpet Guild. As principal, she leads the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival and was principal solo cornet for the North Carolina Brass Band and featured soloist on their 2014 debut CD First in Flight
. Their second CD: Christmas Wrapped in Brass
is released in August, 2016.
Previously Ms. Saxton was guest principal for the St. Louis Symphony, and an extra for Milwaukee, Grant Park, Sydney (Australia) and Harrisburg Symphonies. She was principal with the New York Women’s Ensemble, Artist Faculty for Lieksa Brass Week, Finland, and she was University of North Carolina School of the Arts Trumpet Artist/Faculty and served as the Brass/Percussion Chair during her 10-year tenure. She was Associate Professor at Wichita State University and taught previously at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Illinois Wesleyan and Northeastern Illinois Universities.
For several seasons, she was Principal and Soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Illinois, South Bend, Illinois Chamber, Wichita and Key West/South Florida Symphonies. She was also an extra and substitute with the Chicago Symphony and brass quintet and in demand for numerous shows, commercials, recording sessions, big bands and combos. Chamber credits include Southeast Chamber Brass, Wichita Brass Quintet, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Sierra Brass (Japan tours), Musica Harmonica (Brazil tour), Tromba Mundi, Millar and Monarch Brass ensembles. She has written and recorded for Vincent Cichowicz Long Tone Studies
and Flow Studies Volumes 1 and 2
. Other recordings are with Crystal, Koss, Proto, Novitas, MSR Classics and Moravian Music Foundation labels.
Ms. Saxton holds board memberships with EMF, ITG and served several terms for the National Trumpet Competition, International Women’s Brass Conference and Fulbright National Screening Committee. A graduate of Mansfield (PA) and Northwestern Universities, Saxton’s most influential teachers were Vincent Cichowicz, Arnold Jacobs, William Scarlett, Susan Slaughter and Michael Galloway.
She is a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique, (ATI) and incorporates these helpful principles into her university and festival presentations. Observation, awareness and ease of movement are integral to her trumpet playing and teaching; she aims to embody these precepts in all her interactions.
Her students can be found performing and teaching around the globe.