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Lucas Hopkins 

Lucas is quickly becoming known as a prominent soloist, chamber musician and educator comfortable in a variety of styles including classical, contemporary, jazz, and pop.

 

An active performer, Lucas regularly performs across the country and abroad for various concert series and educational events as the bass saxophonist in The Moanin’ Frogs saxophone sextet, has given solo recitals and master classes at various universities, performed concertos, and performs as a jazz musician. Additionally, Lucas has performed with various orchestras including the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas, with the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra under Marin Alsop.

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As an educator, Lucas regularly teaches beginning through college level saxophonists, and maintains a large private studio, Lucas is currently a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Colorado, and his teachers include: Timothy McAllister, Eugene Rousseau, Tom Myer, and Andrew Bishop. Lucas is a D’Addario Woodwinds Performing Artist.

Gabriel Piqué

Gabriel Piqué is the current Assistant Professor of Saxophone & Jazz Studies at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, OH.

Gabriel Piqué holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Georgia and is currently a DMA candidate at the University of Illinois.

He is the recipient of Eastman’s prestigious performer's certificate and in 2016 he was named first prize winner of the NASA Solo Competition. He is the baritone saxophonist of the award-winning Fuego Quartet, which was the gold medal winner of the 2017 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the 2017 Plowman Chamber Music Competition. Piqué also plays alto in the critically acclaimed touring saxophone sextet, The Moanin’ Frogs. Piqué has studied jazz saxophone with Dave D’Angelo of the Buddy Rich Orchestra and Ron Bridgewater of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. His primary teachers have included Debra Richtmeyer, Chien-Kwan Lin and Connie Frigo.

Jeff Siegfried

Jeff Siegfried combines a “rich, vibrant tone” (South Florida Classical Review) with “beautiful and delicate playing” (Michael Tilson Thomas) to deliver “showstopper performances” (Peninsula Reviews). 

Siegfried serves as Assistant Professor of Saxophone at West Virginia University. He is a member of The Moanin’ Frogs and the Estrella Consort and has collaborated with casalQuartet and the Fonema Consort.

Siegfried received first prize at the Luminarts Competition and the Frances Walton Competition and was runner up in the Carmel Music Society Competition and the NASA Quartet Competition. He is the recipient of the 2016 Hans Schaueble Award.  

Siegfried has appeared as a soloist with the University of Portland Wind Ensemble, the Oregon State University Wind Ensemble, the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” and the Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble. He has also appeared with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, and the Spoleto Festival, USA.

Edward Goodman

Edward Goodman is the Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music. Edward serves regularly as principle saxophonist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and has performed in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Music Academy of the West Orchestra, New World Symphony, and notable ensembles such as PRISM and the Donald Sinta Quartet. Goodman serves as Soprano Chair and a founding member of The Moanin’ Frogs. 

Edward has been invited as a guest artist across the country and internationally, such as Michigan State University, University of Nevada Las Vegas, New Mexico State University, University of Oklahoma, and Conservatoire à rayonnement départemental d'Aulnay sous Bois, France.

Edward has served on the faculty of Interlochen Center of the Arts. He holds degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan where his primary teachers were Joseph Lulloff, Diego Rivera, Donald Sinta, Andrew Bishop, and Timothy McAllister.

Jonathan Hulting-Cohen

Classical saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen’s performances as soloist and chamber musician have been considered “impressive” with “exceptional facility” (Schenectady Daily Gazette), and “fun to watch” (Oregon Arts Watch). He made his concerto debut with the Philadelphia Classical Symphony in 2011, since performing concerti with the Adrian Symphony Orchestra (MI) and Sequoia Symphony Orchestra (CA) and giving recitals nationally and internationally. He has commissioned over 40 works for the saxophone. He has performed at Chamber Music Northwest and at Carnegie Hall’s 21st Century Ensemble. He is co-founder of The Moanin’ Frogs saxophone sextet, and the saxophone and harp duo Admiral Launch, whose debut records appeared on Teal Creek and Albany. Jonathan trained at the University of Michigan under Donald Sinta and is currently Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is a Conn-Selmer and D’Addario Woodwinds Artist, performing exclusively on their equipment and aiding in their design.

Andy Hall

Andy Hall is a saxophonist and teacher specializing in original chamber ensembles and early-development saxophone pedagogy. As founder of the sensational new music ensemble, Latitude 49, Andy has held residencies at Princeton University, Baylor University, University of Michigan, Suny Fredonia, and more.  Latitude 49 has performed around the country collaborating with composers Marc Mellits, Viet Cuong, Shulamit Ran, Christopher Cerrone, and Gabriela Smith, to name a few. He has competed and placed in numerous competitions, winning first place in the 2009 NFMC Biennial Competition, 1st Place Wind Division in the International MPRIZE Chamber Arts Competition, and was a 2009 Presser Scholar.Andy has performed as soloist with the University of Michigan Symphony Band, Air Force Band of the West, Texas A&M Wind Symphony, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, UMass Amherst Wind Ensemble, Interlochen's World Youth Orchestra, Triangle Wind Ensemble, and was a featured artist on National Public Radio’s “From the Top”. He holds a MM from the University of Michigan and a BM from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in saxophone performance. Andy has taught the saxophone in group and private settings for fifteen years and has an award-winning private studio based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.