ANDREW CARPENTER shares his musical artistry in performances that edify and inspire his audiences. His performances have been described as “…magical, daring… he possesses a lovely, refined tone and flawless technique… Quite simply, he captivates audiences.” He has presented saxophone recitals throughout the United States, including a performance on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, which is broadcast on Chicago’s WFMT-FM and nationally syndicated. Mr. Carpenter has also performed orchestral engagements with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Rockford Symphony, and the Illinois Philharmonic; he has also performed regularly and recorded for Naxos with the Elgin Symphony. Mr. Carpenter’s programs typically include transcriptions from the four major eras of music and original works for saxophone by modern masters. In addition to performing as a concert saxophonist, Mr. Carpenter performs on clarinet in chamber music, orchestra, and musical theater engagements.
Andrew Carpenter is also an accomplished scholar, teacher, and clinician. He earned a master of music degree from Northwestern University and a bachelor of music degree from Ithaca College. His primary saxophone teachers are Steven Mauk and Frederick L. Hemke, and he has studied clarinet with Leslie Grimm. Mr. Carpenter has taught saxophone and clarinet students of all ages and ability levels and has presented clinics on woodwind performance at public schools throughout the United States. Currently, Mr. Carpenter is the instructor of saxophone at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, and teaches private saxophone and clarinet in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago.
With his experience as a performer, scholar, teacher, and clinician, Andrew Carpenter is highly qualified to work with audiences of all backgrounds. He offers recitals with piano which are planned appropriately for the taste of an audience and for the amount of time available for a performance. He is also available for solo performances with bands or orchestras. As a clinician, Mr. Carpenter covers aspects of saxophone and clarinet performance to accommodate students at any level.