Dr. Andy Wen
Andy Wen is an Associate Professor of Saxophone, Clarinet and Theory at the University of Arkansas Little Rock. He is a founding member of the Arkansas Saxophone Quartet and plays Principle Alto Saxophone in the Little Rock Wind Symphony. He has performed in twenty-five states, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Japan, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and Thailand. His performances include concertos with bands and orchestras, solo recitals, and chamber concerts. He has premiered four concertos that were written for him: Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Wind Ensemble, by Neil Flory, with the University of Central Arkansas Wind Ensemble under the direction of Ricky Brooks; moduli mundi, by Karen Griebling, with the Little Rock Wind Symphony under the direction of Karen Fannin; Concertino for alto saxophone and band, by Sy Brandon, with the Sam Houston State University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Brian Gibbs, at the Region IV North American Saxophone Alliance Conference; An Appeal Amid the Razing for alto saxophone and band, by L. A. Logrande, with the University of Arkansas Monticello Symphonic Band, under the direction of Martin Reynolds, at the American School Band Directors Association National Convention. He has recorded two CDs, Apparitions and Apparitions 2, through Emeritus Recordings.
He presented the first saxophone recital in the National Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1992. He has performed at conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA), World Saxophone Congress, Association de Saxophone de France (AsSaFra), Southeast Composers League, Hawaii International Conference of Arts and Humanities, American School Band Directors Association, Etats Generaux Mondiaux du Saxophone, United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, Arkansas Bandmasters Association, Georgia Music Teachers Association (GMTA), Ohio Music Teachers Association, Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association, and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) where he was the 1990 MTNA National Collegiate Artist Competition winner. KEDT in Texas, WOUB in Ohio, and KUAR in Arkansas have broadcast his performances on television and radio.
His performances have been described as follows:
He touched all bases in a professional saxophone performance: long lyrical passages filled with beautiful resonant tone; control of phrasal entrances and exits with eloquent finesse at all dynamic levels; articulations and bravura passages that were exciting and convincing; and a general subordination of technique to the point of speaking freely and musically through the instrument.
–John Mitchum, GMTA Newsletter
Andy exhibits a mastery of some of the most difficult and dynamic works in the saxophone literature. [He] displays a formidable technique, mature, sensitive musicianship, and a deep understanding of twentieth-century musical language and aesthetics.
–Dr. Jonathan Helton, Saxophone Professor, University of Florida
His playing [is] musical, exciting and exact. The repertoire he selects to present is some of the most demanding literature for the instrument.
–Dr. Willie Morris III, Saxophone Professor, University of Dayton
Dr. Wen displays an even tone across all registers, pleasant vibrato, nimble articulation, and sensitive ensemble work.
–Dr. Matt James, Saxophone Professor, Ohio University
Dr. Wen is a dynamic performer who chooses challenging repertoire that pushes the envelop of saxophone technique. His performances are always exciting and inspiring.
–Dr. Jackie Lamar, Saxophone Professor, Univ. of Central Arkansas
Highlights for the 2015-16 season include:
- Solo Recital at the Eugene Rousseau Celebration, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, October 2-3, 2015.
- Society of Composers Conference at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, November 12-14, 2015.
- Master Class at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, November 12, 2015.
- Master Class and Recital at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, November 13, 2015.
- Master Class and Recital at the University of Southern Georgia, Statesboro, GA, November 16, 2015.
- Quartet Concert at the United States Navy Band International Saxophone Symposium, January 2016.
- Solo performance and Quartet Concert at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, Texas Tech University, March 10-13, 2016.
- Little Rock Wind Symphony Concerts: October 15, 2015; December 10, 2015; February 25, 2016; April 21, 2016; May 14, 2015; June 5, 1016; and June 11, 2015.
- Performing both solo recital and quartet concert at the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France, July 9-14, 2015.
Andy has premiered over thirty solo and chamber compositions including those by David Baker, Larry Bell, Robert Boury, Sy Brandon, James Chaudoir, Neil Flory, Fred Fox, Michel Fuste-Lambezat, Karen Griebling, John Harbison, David Kechley, Christian Lauba, L. A. Logrande, Kevin McKinney, Robert Newell, Josh Reed, Allyn Reilly and many others. Most of these works were written for him.
Andy has taught master classes across the United States, China and Taiwan. He has been published multiple times in the Saxophone Symposium, official journal of NASA, and was a featured Guest Artist in the Saxophone Journal. He is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and was a finalist for the Alpha Chi “Teacher of the Year Award” at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Several of his students are currently teaching saxophone at universities. He previously taught at Del Mar College where he was Department Chair; Millersville University; the University of Arkansas Monticello; and was a two-term Treasurer of NASA.
Andy Wen received his DMA from the University of Georgia, studying saxophone with Kenneth Fischer and clarinet with Theodore Jahn; MM from Indiana University, studying saxophone with Eugene Rousseau and clarinet with Earl Bates; BM from Ohio University, studying saxophone with Allyn Reilly and clarinet with David Godshall; Medaille d’Argent at the Conservatoire National de Region de Bordeaux, France, studying with Jean-Marie Londeix.
Andy Wen is a Conn-Selmer Clinician and plays Selmer (Paris) saxophones exclusively.