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about our guest artists
Hannah Gruber is assistant professor of keyboard at the Crane School of Music, SUNY
Potsdam. She received her B.Mus. in piano performance and music education with a piano
pedagogy concentration from Crane while studying with Eugenia Tsarov. A researcher
and presenter on the effects of music on children with autism, she holds an M.M. in piano
performance and an M.MuED in early childhood/elementary music education from the
University of South Carolina where she studied piano with Scott Price. She is presently the
New York MTNA collegiate chair and assistant director of the Southeastern Piano Festival.
As a soloist, she won the Crane Annual Concerto Competition and was a finalist in the
Arthur Fraser Piano Competition. An avid performer of contemporary music, Gruber has
premiered many compositions, including works by Whitney Ashe, Cameron Britt, David
Heinick, Timothy Sullivan, Brian Vlasak and Mark Weiser. Most notably, in 2007, she
premiered Stacy Garrop's Pieces of Sanity at Carnegie Hall with saxophonist Christopher
Creviston. As an accompanist, she has performed in festivals and competitions throughout the
United States, including the Music Teachers National Association Solo Competition, North
American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Biennial Conferences, NASA Solo Competition,
Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, Potsdam Single Reed Summit, Crane Saxophone
Chamber Music Festival, Dutchess County Saxophone Day and the Southeastern Piano
Festival. She has collaborated with various artists, including Christopher Creviston, Geoff
Diebel, Ineo Quartet, Joe Lulloff, Jeffrey Loeffert, Timothy McAllister, David Pittman-
Jennings, Oskar Ruiz, David Stambler, James Umble, and members of the United States
Robert Young joined the faculty of Wichita State University in the Fall of 2010. As assistant
professor of saxophone and jazz, Young teaches applied saxophone, improvisation courses,
and also directs the jazz ensembles. Young received a bachelor of music degree from the
University of South Carolina in 2006 where he studied with Clifford Leaman. He received
his master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees from the University of Michigan in
2008 and 2010. There he studied with internationally acclaimed saxophonist and pedagogue,
Donald Sinta. Young studied jazz saxophone with Andrew Bishop and was a recipient of the
prestigious Lawrence Teal Fellowship. Young has received numerous awards of regional,
national, and international acclaim including; semi-finalist of the 2009 Concert Artists
Guild International Competition (NYC), silver medalist at the Fischoff National Chamber
Music Competition, 3rd prize winner in the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet
Competition, 1st prize of the Society of Musical Arts Competition, winner of Tuesday
Musicale of Detroit Competition, I st prize in the Josic Etta Daley Young Artist Competition,
3rd prize in the 2005 MTNA National Collegiate Young Artist Competition, 1st prize in the
2002 MTNA National Woodwind Competition, winner of the USC Young Artist Concerto
Competition, and a finalist in the University of Michigan Concerto Competition. In addition
to his achievements as a soloist, he has performed with the Detroit Chamber Winds and
Strings and with the Charleston, University of Michigan, and Plymouth symphony orchestras.
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