News Release - November 17, 2012

Symphonic Wind Ensemble to Feature Saxophone Soloist
Dr. Otis Murphy to Give Master Class and Performance


On December 7, internationally renowned saxophonist Otis Murphy will perform with the Sonoma State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by Andy Collinsworth, at 7:30 p.m. in Weill Hall. Sharing the stage will be the San Francisco State University Wind Ensemble led by its music director, Martin Seggelke.

Dr. Murphy will conduct a Saxophone master class from 10 a.m. — Noon on Friday, Dec. 7, in GMC 1028. Free and open to the public. Info:

Featured works include Claude Smith’s Fantasia for Alto Saxophone and Wind Band and David Maslanka’s 7th Symphony.

Otis Murphy joined the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music at the age of 28, becoming one of the youngest faculty members in its history, and where he is currently associate professor of music.  Murphy has received numerous awards including prizes in Belgium’s Adolphe Sax International Saxophone Competition, the Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition in France, and the Heida Hermanns International Woodwind Competition in the United States.  His students also have won many awards and earned positions as teachers, soloists, chamber musicians, and members of top U.S. military bands.  Murphy is in great demand as an international soloist and clinician, having gained wide recognition on four continents, appearing with orchestras, bands, and chamber groups and at festivals, symposiums and World Saxophone Congresses.

Tickets are $15 general; $12 SSU faculty, alumni and staff; $10 seniors and students. SSU students are admitted free with student ID. For information call the box office at 707-664-2353.  Click here to purchase online.

SFSU Wind Ensemble, Martin Seggelke, conductor
            DAVID MASLANKA:  7th Symphony

SSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Andy Collinsworth, conductor
            ALFRED REED:                     Alleluia, Laudamus Te
            VINCENT PERSICHETTI:     Psalm, op. 53
            CLAUDE SMITH:                  Fantasia for Alto Saxophone and Wind Band
                                                                        Otis Murphy, alto saxophone
            MALCOLM ARNOLD:           Four Scottish Dances

Combined Bands
            Morten Lauridsen:                    O Magnum Mysterium
            Davide Delle Cese:                  L’Inglesina

Media Contact:

Ruth E. Wilson
Lecturer in Horn
Music Department Publicity
Sonoma State University
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928