Lauded as a “virtuoso player and superb soloist,” Judith Saxton is Trumpet Artist Faculty and Brass Coordinator at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and enjoys an international career as a versatile and sought-after orchestral, solo, chamber and liturgical performer and Conn-Selmer clinician. In 2010, she performed two concerts as principal with the St. Louis Symphony. This year, The NY Times favorably reviewed the Carnegie hall debut of the New York Women’s Ensemble where she plays principal. As a solo recitalist with piano and organ, this year she is also guest soloist with four PA universities bands and orchestras, and celebrates 15 years on Eastern Music Festival faculty.
For several seasons, she was principal and soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Chicago Chamber Orchestra and with Wichita and Key West/South Florida Symphonies concurrently. She performed frequently with the Chicago and Grant Park Symphonies and the CSO brass quintet and held full-time spots in seven Chicago orchestras. Chamber credits include the Southeast Chamber Brass, UNCSA Brass Quintet and Jazz Septet, Wichita Brass quintet, the Chicago Chamber Musicians, Sierra Brass (Japan tours), Musica Harmonica (Brazil tour), Tromba Mundi, Millar and Monarch Brass ensembles. Her most recent recording Contest and Concert Pieces for Trumpet was issued free to the 5,500 International Trumpet Guild (ITG) members in 2011. Others are with Crystal, Koss, Proto, Novitas, MSR and Moravian Music Foundation labels.
Ms. Saxton’s service includes the Fulbright Committee, ITG, National Trumpet Competition and the International Women’s Brass Conference. Degrees from Mansfield and Northwestern Universities meant teachers Vincent Cichowicz, Arnold Jacobs, William Scarlett, Susan Slaughter and Michael Galloway, She was a tenured Associate Professor at Wichita State University and taught previously for Lieksa Brass Week, Finland, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Illinois Wesleyan and Northeastern Illinois Universities. This is her 12th season with SVBF.