School of Music
Visiting Assistant Professor, Saxophone
(In Progress) D.M.A., Saxophone Performance, University of South Carolina
M.M., Saxophone Performance, Ithaca College, 2004
B.M., Music Theory, Furman University, 2002
Saxophonist Ian Jeffress is instructor of saxophone at Western Carolina University, where he teaches applied saxophone and coaches saxophone chamber ensembles, as well as teaching courses in music theory.
Additionally, Mr. Jeffress is the alto saxophonist of the award-winning Assembly Quartet, and serves as saxophonist with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. He has been a finalist in the MTNA Young Artist competition and a semifinalist in the Fischoff Chamber Music competition, and has performed at venues including the World Saxophone Congress, the International Saxophone Symposium, and numerous meetings of the North American Saxophone Alliance, in addition to giving recitals and clinics throughout the United States. As a teacher dedicated to providing outstanding early training in addition to collegiate study, Jeffress is a co-founder and faculty member of the Carolina Saxophone Camp, and maintains a private studio of secondary school saxophonists in the Asheville area.
Prior to his appointment at Western Carolina, Jeffress served on the faculties of Allen University and the Palmetto Center for the Arts, and served as a graduate teaching assistant at both USC and Ithaca College. His principal teachers have included Clifford Leaman and Steven Mauk, and he has participated in masterclasses with renowned saxophonists including Arno Bornkamp, Aleksey Volkov, and the Zagreb Saxophone Quartet.
Jeffress is a dedicated proponent of the music of our time: his doctoral research focuses on the application of narrative theory to post-tonal music, and he has been consistently involved in commissioning and premiering new music for the instrument, including works by James Matheson, Lewis Spratlan, Jacob ter Veldhuis, and Shawn Allison. Recent projects include world premieres of works by Simon Fink and WCU faculty member Mario Gaetano, and commissions of works by David Maslanka, Shih-Hui Chen, and Girard Kratz to be premiered during the 2012-2013 season.