Dr. Rami El-Farrah is a concert saxophonist best known for his work as a soloist and member of the Zenith Quintet, Bel Cuore Quartet and the Austin Saxophone Ensemble. As an award-winning soloist and chamber musician, Dr. El-Farrah has performed across the United States and throughout Europe. Dr. El-Farrah and has been featured on several musical albums, including albums with Bel Cuore Quartet and Austin Saxophone Ensemble. In addition to concertizing Dr. El-Farrah teaches saxophone & Jazz History at UT San Antonio, where he also leads the university’s saxophone ensemble. He is the author of Dynamic Duos for Saxophone, a best-selling series of duet books with live play-alongs, and owner of MusePub an arrangement and publishing company.
Soprano Saxophone -- Board Member
Djamel Mami is an exciting and versatile solo, chamber, and orchestral performer, and maintains a large private studio as a saxophone teacher.
As a performer he has traveled around the world, playing in Southeast Asia, across Europe, and extensively around the United States and Canada as a soloist, chamber performer and as part of larger groups. As a teacher, he has over 20 years of experience and currently maintains a studio of 50 students in the Austin area.
Outside of music, his interests include camping, reading, skiing, rock climbing, and lazy Sundays.
Trained in both Australia and the US, Texas based saxophonist Jessica Voigt-Page has been described by her colleagues as a “tour de force”. Inspired by the careers and lifestyles of colleagues both in and outside of music, Jessica has dedicated the latest part of her career to exploring ways in which young musicians can establish themselves in the world around them, and can maximise their impact while leading fulfilling, sustainable lives. This exploration has led Jessica to hold, create and experience a wide range of opportunities, and to pursue unique paths throughout her career.
Jessica serves on faculty at Baylor University where she teaches applied saxophone, chamber music, and saxophone methods, and music entrepreneurship.
Jessica is serving as President-elect of the North American Saxophone Alliance, is the Founder/Director of Saxophone Academy Austin and serves as a mentor for a number of young women in the field. She is a Yamaha Performing Artist, D'Addario Woodwinds Artist, Key Leaves Artist, and Beaumont Music Artist.
In 2005, Kevin earned his bachelor's degree in music performance with emphasis in classical saxophone from The University of Texas at Austin. There, he studied privately with world-renowned saxophonist and teacher, Harvey Pittel. While at UT, Kevin performed with the UT Symphony Band, the UT Wind Ensemble, Tex Sax, and the UT Jazz Ensemble. For the last 14 years, he has played in several rock, jazz, and funk influenced bands in Austin, such as Navin's Thermos, About:Blank, and Price Hill. Kevin has been teaching private lessons at schools in Austin, Leander, and Round Rock ISD since 2003. He lives with his wife, Sarah, their twin sons, and their dog, Mattie, in Round Rock.
Dustin Hunter is an active performer and music educator. Hunter regularly freelances playing all styles of music; contemporary classical, jazz, funk, latin, and show music. He works with many high school and middle school students teaching private lessons, marching band camps, and giving masterclasses. In 2012, Hunter was featured as a soloist with the Louisiana State University Wind Ensemble performing William Bolcom’s Concerto Grosso for Saxophone Quartet. Other noteworthy performance include performances with the Cool Winter Nights and Hot Jazz Big Band where he covered Jimmy Hamilton’s part in Duke Ellington’s arrangement of the Nutcracker Suite and a performance at the North American Saxophone Alliance Regional Conference in 2012. Hunter holds a Bachelor’s of Music Performance degree from Louisiana State University and a Master’s of Music from the University of New Mexico. His teachers include Dr. Sheri Oyan, Glen Kostur, Dr. Eric Lau, and Dr. Griffin Campbell.
Hailing from Lincoln, Nebraska, Liz Love is an active classical and jazz saxophonist and music educator. She is currently in her third year as Head Band Director at Grisham Middle School, where the Honors Band was selected to perform at The Midwest Clinic in December of 2019!
Ms. Love is a founding member of the Austin Saxophone Ensemble and ASEYouth. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her Master’s Degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. She counts Harvey Pittel, Paul Haar, Jerry Junkin, Jeff Hellmer, and Carolyn Barber as her principal mentors.
Alto Saxophone -- Board Member
Elizabeth Rosinbum maintains a multi-dimensional career as an educator, performer, clinician, and speaker. She is Adjunct Faculty in Fine Arts at Concordia University and maintains a select private studio. The first ever saxophonist to be hired as a D'Addario Woodwinds Method clinician, Elizabeth has given hundreds of educational masterclasses and supervises other clinicians.
Elizabeth has commissioned and premiered works for saxophone throughout the United States and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. A gifted speaker, she has lectured at several universities on woodwind pedagogy, entrepreneurship, performance psychology, and career strategies and business skills.
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Originally from Lexington, Texas Crystal teaches applied saxophone and is a composer. In 2018, Crystal’s saxophone quartet Code Seis was premiered the Les Bois Quartet at Texas State University. She has performed as a guest soloist with the Banda de Conciertos de San Jose in Costa Rica, and as part of the Topeka and Round Rock Symphony Orchestras.
Crystal also practices martial arts and volunteers as an assistant instructor at Austin Kung Fu & Tai Chi. Crystal and husband Chris are Austin “foodies” and have a small zoo of rescued pets: Jaco, Bebe, Miles and Kyoshi.
Tenor Saxophone -- Financial Director -- Board Member
Ben Kessler is an active saxophonist and music educator in Austin. He plays with the Vintage 15 Big Band and has also performed with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, and Round Top Festival Orchestra. A recording artist, Ben can be heard on the Naxos, University Records, and Hollywood Records labels.
An avid proponent of contemporary chamber and large ensemble music, Ben has commissioned, premiered, and recorded new works by Dan Welcher, Donald Grantham, Cater Pann, John Makey, Kevin Puts, Steve Bryant, John Mills, Jack Wilds, Chris Ozley, Michael Mikulka, and David Adams. He can also be seen and heard in the 2009 film Bandslam. Passionate about music and saxophone education, Ben has a large private studio, regularly presents master classes and coaches student chamber ensembles, and was formerly a Lecturer of Saxophone at Texas A&M University- Kingsville.
Ben completed his Master’s degree and other degrees in Saxophone Performance at the University of Texas - Austin where he studied under Harvey Pittel and served as the studio Teaching Assistant. His other teachers include John Mills and Ron Jones.
Chris Padilla is an acclaimed saxophonist and music educator with a breadth of experience performing as a soloist, chamber musician, and ensemble member. He has brought his playing to audiences both nationally and internationally. Chris has been recognized by numerous international competitions, most recently being named a Finalist in the 2018 Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra Instrumental Competition. He is a founding member and bari player for MODUS, an emerging saxophone quartet dedicated to bringing the highest quality performances of new music to a diverse audience.
Chris received his Masters of Music from the University of Texas, studying with Stephen Page, and his bachelors from the University of North Texas studying with Eric Nestler. Currently, Chris fills his days with teaching saxophonists of all ages, hiking throughout Austin’s parks, and playing with his pup Lucy.
Baritone Saxophone -- Executive Director -- Board Member
Sunil Gadgil is an active soloist, chamber musician, and teacher devoted to exploring the magic of music and learning with an ever-expanding community of saxophonists. He has been lauded as a “virtuosic” and “effortless” player and frequently appears on stage and records as a member of the Zenith Quintet, the Bel Cuore Quartet, the Austin Saxophone Ensemble, and REVEL Classical Band. He serves as instructor of saxophone at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, executive director of the Austin Saxophone Ensemble, co-director of ASEYouth, and director of Sax Pro Workshops. Dr. Gadgil is a Vandoren Paris and Selmer Paris artist.
Baritone Saxophone -- Internal Affairs Director -- Board Member
Billy McPhail is a versatile saxophonist who has performed in numerous settings, playing a wide variety of music. He has performed as a member and soloist with many distinguished ensembles to include the San Antonio Symphony, the Austin Symphony, the University of Texas and Victoria College Wind Ensembles.
Billy is an active as a chamber musician as a member of The ELISION Saxophone, founding member of the Austin Saxophone Ensemble, the BAMF saxophone quartet, and has performed with many other ensembles. Billy can be heard on ELISION Saxophone Quartet’s debut recording, “LIVE, Through the Years” and Austin Saxophone Ensemble’s album “Plunge." He also performs with The Nash Hernandez Orchestra.
An avid music arranger, Billy has arranged and published many works for saxophone solo and ensembles. He has served as saxophone instructor for Temple College as well as the Leander, Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, Pflugerville, Lake Travis, Victoria, and Bloomington school districts. He maintains a distinguished studio of private students, and frequently leads master classes and adjudicates for schools across Texas.
Bass Saxophone -- Board Member
Michael Hertel regularly performs throughout Central Texas with ensembles such as The San Antonio Symphony, The Austin Saxophone Ensemble, The Austin Symphony, Bel Cuore Quartet, Zenith Quintet, and Wasabi Big Band. His playing can be heard on Austing Saxophone Ensemble’s debut album Plunge and on the Bel Cuore Quartet album Splashing the Canvas.
Michael lives in Austin with his quilter wife Kim, toddler daughter Zoe, and snuggler dogs Kevin and Lola. When not playing, Michael enjoys running and sampling and brewing local specialty coffees.