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Andy Wen

Dr. Andy Wen

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-three 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 three concertos that were written for him: 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 recently released a CD, Apparitions, 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, 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.

In the GMTA Newsletter, John Mitchum states:

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.

Highlights for the 2012-13 season include:

  • Arkansas Saxophone Quartet concerts: ASU-Beebe, October 29, 2012; UCA, November 8, 2012; UALR, November 11, 2012; and OBU (November 12, 2012).
  • February 26, 2013:  Solo recital at UALR, will premiere Pulled, for Flute, Saxophone and Piano, by L.A. Logrande and the piano version of Concertino, by Sy Brandon.
  • February 28, 2013:  Solo recital and master class at Hendrix College, will premiere moduli mundi, by Karen Griebling.
  • March 12, 2013:  will premiere a composition for Saxophone Quartet and Band, composed for the Arkansas Saxophone Quartet and the University of Central Arkansas Wind Ensemble.
  • April 12-14, 2013: solo and quartet performance at the NASA Region 4 conference at Texas Christian University.
  • May 12, 2013: Solo with the UALR/Community orchestra.

Little Rock Wind Symphony Concerts: October 11, 2012; December 6, 2012; February 21, 2013; and April 18, 2013.

Andy has premiered over twenty-five 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 Keckley, Christian Lauba, L. A. Logrande, Kevin McKinney, Robert Newell, 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.

Updated 9.25.2012