Dr. Andy Wen
Andy Wen is an Associate Professor of Saxophone and Clarinet 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 and eleven countries on three continents. His performances include concertos with bands and orchestras, solo recitals, and chamber concerts. He will premiere his fifth concerto on February 23, 2017 with the Little Rock Wind Symphony with the three movement Concerto composed by Neil Flory. The other four concertos that were written for him are: Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Wind Ensemble, by Neil Flory, with the University of Central Arkansas Wind Ensemble; moduli mundi, by Karen Griebling, with the Little Rock Wind Symphony; Concertino for alto saxophone and band, by Sy Brandon, with the Sam Houston State University Wind Ensemble 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, 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, Ohio, and Pennsylvania Music Teachers Associations; and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) where he was the 1990 MTNA National Collegiate Artist Competition winner. KEDT, WOUB, and KUAR have broadcast his performances on television and radio.
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.
Wen received his DMA from the University of Georgia, studying saxophone with Kenneth Fischer, clarinet with Theodore Jahn; MM from Indiana University, studying saxophone with Eugene Rousseau, clarinet with Earl Bates; BM from Ohio University, studying saxophone with Allyn Reilly, 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.