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Studying the Altissimo
Studying the Altissimo

by James Nightingale
To continue the discussion started by Peter Rickard in the last issue of Australian Clarinet and Saxophone, I would like to introduce Dr John Sampen, who is the Distinguished Artist Professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Dr Sampen is one of America’s leading concert saxophonists and is particularly recognised as a performer of contemporary music. He has recorded with Belgian and Swiss National Radio and is represented on the Orion, Albany and Capstone record labels. In addition to contemporary literature, Sampen regularly performs traditional saxophone repertoire in recital with pianist/composer Marilyn Shrude. He holds degrees from Northwestern University and has studied with Frederick Hemke, Donald Sinta and Larry Teal. He is an active member of the North American Saxophone Alliance, of which he has held the post of President.

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