Judith Saxton enjoys a multi-faceted career as an international soloist, chamber and orchestral musician and educator and has been lauded as a “virtuoso player and superb soloist”. A Certified Alexander Technique Teacher (ATI), Judith embodies these principles in all her interactions including her “Healthy Playing Habits” and “Breathing, Breaks and Basics for Mindful Music Making” presentations for universities and festivals and populations of varying ages across the nation and the world – including International Trumpet Guild (ITG), Eastern Music Festival (EMF), Roads Scholars, Trumpet Festival of the South East, and International Women’s Brass Conference and elder personal care facilities. Observation, awareness and ease of movement are integral to her trumpet playing and teaching.
As a recitalist, Ms. Saxton has performed in the UK, China, Finland, and Brasil, and concertizes nationally with Timothy Olsen, organ, and Allison Gagnon, piano with whom she recorded her acclaimed solo CD Concert and Contest Pieces for Trumpet, distributed globally to the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) membership. As principal and soloist, she leads the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, and is on Eastern Music Festival (EMF) faculty with whom she records annually under Gerard Schwarz’s leadership. She performs regularly with an array of orchestral and chamber organizations on the eastern seaboard of the US. She regularly offers master classes at conservatories, festivals and conferences world-wide as a Conn-Selmer clinician. A keen advocate of new music, she continues to ardently promote, co-commission and premiere new works; she has soloed with a variety of orchestras and bands in the US and abroad.
Comfortable in all genres, she has performed with artists as diverse as Joe Morello, Phil Woods, Mannheim Steamroller, the Temptations and as an orchestral musician with the Empire Brass Quintet, Placido Domingo, Mark O’Connor and Joshua Bell.
Recently she was guest faculty combining music and Alexander Technique for the Brass Communities of the Modena Conservatory in Italy, National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and a week-long residency in Central Conservatory in Beijing; Shanghai Conservatory and Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brasil students.
For several seasons, Judith was principal and soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Illinois, South Bend, Illinois Chamber, Wichita and Key West/South Florida Symphonies. She was also an extra and substitute with the Chicago Symphony and brass quintet. In demand as a versatile musician during her decades-long freelance career, Judith performs for a variety of shows, commercials, recording sessions, big bands and combos. Chamber credits include Southeast Chamber Brass, Wichita Brass Quintet, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Sierra Brass (Japan tours), Musica Harmonica (Brazil tour), Tromba Mundi, Millar and Monarch Brass ensembles. A charter 2-year member as soloist and principal solo cornet of the North Carolina Brass Band, she was soloist for First in Flight; their second CD is Christmas Wrapped in Brass, 2016. Further recordings include Naxos, Crystal, Koss, Proto, Novitas, MSR Classics and Moravian Music Foundation labels. Recently, she has written and recorded for Vincent Cichowicz Long Tone Studies and Flow Studies Volumes 1 and 2. She has been a frequent contributor to the ITG Journal and the Brass Herald.
Previously, Ms. Saxton was guest principal for the St. Louis Symphony, and an extra for Milwaukee, Grant Park, Sydney (Australia) and Harrisburg Symphonies. She was principal for New York Women’s Ensemble and Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival, and Artist Faculty for Lieksa Brass Week, Finland. Most recently, served 10 years at University of North Carolina School of the Arts as Trumpet Artist/Faculty and Brass/Percussion Chair. Additionally, she was tenured Associate Professor at Wichita State University. She taught previously at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Illinois Wesleyan and Northeastern Illinois Universities.
Ms. Saxton holds board memberships with EMF, and served several terms for ITG, National Trumpet Competition, International Women’s Brass Conference and Fulbright National Screening Committee. A graduate of Mansfield (PA) and Northwestern Universities, Saxton’s most influential teachers were Vincent Cichowicz, Arnold Jacobs, William Scarlett, Susan Slaughter and Michael Galloway.
Judith offers SKYPE Trumpet and Alexander Technique lessons through her ‘Free Flow’ studio. Her trumpet students can be found performing and teaching around the globe. More can be discovered at Judithsaxton.com