Lauded as a “virtuoso player and superb soloist,” Judith Saxton enjoys a multi-faceted career as an international soloist, chamber and orchestral musician and educator. As University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Artist Faculty and Brass/Percussion Chair, she concertizes nationally with her colleagues Timothy Olsen, organ, and Allison Gagnon, piano with whom she recorded her acclaimed solo cd Contest and Concert Pieces for Trumpet. As principal, she leads the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, VA’s Blue Ridge Music Festival, New York Women’s Ensemble, Southeast Chamber Brass and UNCSA brass quintet. She is also on Eastern Music Festival (EMF) faculty with whom she records annually under Gerard Schwarz’s leadership. She performs regularly with the North Carolina, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Roanoke and Maryland symphonies and an array of chamber organizations on the eastern seaboard. A keen advocate of new music, she continues to premiere new works around the world. She offers master classes at conservatories, festivals and conferences around the globe as a Conn-Selmer clinician.
A former principal trumpet and soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Chicago Chamber Orchestra and Wichita, Illinois, South Bend, Illinois Chamber, Key West/South Florida Symphonies, she was recently guest principal for St. Louis Symphony and was extra with Chicago Symphony Orchestra and brass quintet. Known for her recording sessions, jazz combos and studio work from Chicago to Hong Kong, she is an ardent advocate and soloist of new works.
Her chamber playing is featured on Crystal, Koss, Proto, Novitas, Moravian Music Foundation and MSR Classics labels. Previously, she was tenured Associate Professor at Wichita State University.
A graduate of Mansfield (PA) and Northwestern Universities, her most influential teachers were Vincent Cichowicz, Arnold Jacobs, William Scarlett, Susan Slaughter and Michael Galloway. She is currently a trainee in the North Carolina Teacher Training Program of Chesapeake Bay Alexander Studies. uncsatrumpet.com