Nicki Roman is the most recent first prize winner of the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Solo Competition. She has been a prize winner at the Music Teacher’s National Association Young Artist Solo Competition, William C. Byrd International Competition, and is the first saxophonist to be the recipient of the International Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship. Her research on the music of Bruno Mantovani has been presented at national and international conferences, including the most recent World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia.
Along with being a highly active solo and chamber musician, Nicki’s dedication to music education is at the forefront of her musical career. Nicki has held the coveted position of saxophone teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Illinois, where she taught saxophone methods courses, coached chamber music and taught applied saxophone. She has also served on the faculty at the Eastman Summer Saxophone Institute (ESSI), the Illinois Summer Youth Music Camps (ISYM) and the Young Saxophonist’s Institute (YSI). Her students have gone on to win prestigious competitions and awards such as the the Music Teacher’s National Association Chamber Competition, 198th Army Band Chamber Competition, Thomas J. Smith Scholarship Competition and the John Phillip Sousa Award. During past summers, she has served on staff at the Interlochen Arts Camp and the Brevard Music Center. She previously taught applied saxophone at the Eastman Community Music School, where she maintained an active private studio based in Rochester, NY.
Dr. Roman is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Jazz at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. At UWM, she teaches applied saxophone, coaches chamber music, and is the director of the UWM Jazz Ensemble. She recently earned her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the Eastman School of Music. At Eastman, she received a certificate in college music teach-ing and a minor in instrumental pedagogy. In addition, she is a recipient of the prestigious Eastman Performer’s Certificate and is the former Assistant Director of the Eastman Saxophone Project. She holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Florida. Her former teachers have included Chien-Kwan Lin, Debra Richtmeyer, Doug O'Connor, Vincent David, Joe Lulloff and Bunky Green.
Erik Elmgren is a concert saxophonist, chamber musician, and educator dedicated to representing the flexibility of the instrument in compositions ranging from transcriptions to contemporary works. As part of his interest in citizen artistry in classical music, he seeks to share music with audiences of all types from concert halls to community centers. Currently, Erik is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Saxophone Performance and Literature as well as a certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership at the University of Georgia, where he also serves as a teaching assistant in the saxophone studio and UGA’s Arts Career and Entrepreneurship Space. The Graduate School also selected him for UGA’s 2018-2019 Emerging Leaders Program.
Erik maintains an active schedule as a soloist and chamber musician. He has received prizes in the MTNA National Young Artist Competition, the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition, and has won the University of Illinois Concerto Competition. He also was a Finalist in the North American Saxophone Alliance Soloist Competition in 2016 and a two-time semifinalist at the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition held in 2012 and 2014.
He holds a Masters Degree in Saxophone Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where he was also a saxophone teaching assistant and maintained an active performing schedule with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and the Eastman Saxophone Project, which is the first conductor-less saxophone ensemble in the United States to perform entirely from memory. In the summer of 2016, Erik travelled with the Eastman Saxophone Project to present a two-week concert tour in China. He also received the Eastman Arts Leadership Certificate, and worked as an intern in Eastman’s Communications Office where he helped curate and present all print and digital media for the school, as well as managed its social media presence. Prior to attending Eastman, Erik earned a Bachelor of Music degree with highest honors from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. While there he was recognized with numerous musical and academic awards including being named a Bronze Tablet Scholar as part of the top three percent of hisgraduating class. His primary teachers include Connie Frigo, Chien-Kwan Lin, and Debra Richtmeyer.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, Harrison Clarke is an active performer and educator of solo and chamber works written for the saxophone.
Harrison’s musical ambitions have taken him to all parts of the world. He has performed in competitions in the United States and Europe, and has toured in China as a member of the Eastman Saxophone Project. His achievements as a soloist include prizes at the 2017 Young Texas Artists Music Competition and the 2013 Vandoren Emerging Artists Competition. Harrison was also one of ten American saxophonists accepted to compete in the 6th Adolphe Sax International Competition in Dinant, Belgium.
Currently, he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance at the University of Georgia, where he serves as a graduate teaching assistant in both the saxophone studio and the Arts and Career Entrepreneurship Space. In his time thus far at UGA, Harrison has collaborated with student and faculty composers to enrich the classical saxophone repertoire. He has performed with Peter Van Zandt Lane at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of North Georgia, and UGA as a guest of the Southeastern Electroacoustic Composers Collective. Harrison also premiered a movement of Joel Love's newly commissioned saxophone concerto, Solace, alongside his professor, Connie Frigo, and colleague, Erik Elmgren. As a result of his work, Harrison was a recipient of the Andrew H. and Carol Inman Heyward Graduate Excellence Award and the Director's Excellence Award during his first year at UGA.
As an undergraduate at Indiana University, Harrison achieved awards and scholarships for his excellence in academics and performance. He was a recipient of the Marcel Mule Scholarship, an award created by Eugene Rousseau that is given to an outstanding undergraduate in classical saxophone. Harrison was also a six-time Indiana University Founders Scholar and a Friends of Music Scholarship recipient. In his third year at Indiana University, Harrison was awarded the Performer’s Certificate, the highest award given to a performer by the Jacobs School of Music.
Harrison holds his Masters in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where he also served as a graduate teaching assistant, and he holds a Bachelors with high honors in Music Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His teachers include Connie Frigo, Chien-Kwan Lin, Otis Murphy, Todd Oxford, Ben Essick, and James Chandler.
Gabriel Piqué, 25, is a native of Augusta, Georgia. He holds degrees in saxophone performance from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Georgia and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Illinois.
Among Gabriel’s numerous academic and merit-based awards, he has been named a Presser Scholar, is the recipient of Eastman’s prestigious Performer’s Certificate, and is a current Graduate College Fellow at UIUC. Gabriel has been a featured soloist with groups including the Augusta Symphony Orchestra and the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble. He is the 1st Prize winner of the 2016 North American Saxophone Alliance Solo Competition and a gold medal winner of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Plowman Chamber Music Competition.
As an active performer, Gabriel has had performances in Las Vegas, Croatia, Moscow, Strasbourg, Beijing, Shanghai and Thailand within the last five years and is frequently on tour with the Fuego Quartet. In 2018, Gabriel reestablished the University of Illinois Saxophone Ensemble and is the current director. His primary teacher is Debra Richtmeyer.