Music: Adjunct Instructor
Described by Eugene Rousseau as, “a talented saxophonist,” Jason T. Laczkoski is an emerging young voice in saxophone. An active performer, Jason has presented numerous solo recitals. Most recently, he completed a highly successful tour through Illinois, Iowa, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Additionally, Jason frequents the North American Saxophone Alliance conferences as well as the International Navy Saxophone Symposium. He has performed with both collegiate and high school orchestras as a featured soloist and will be a featured artist with the Lycoming College Wind Ensemble on its annual tour in spring of 2012.
Jason makes frequent appearances as a clinician. Recent endeavors include masterclasses at both Edinboro and Mansfield Universities and Iowa Wesleyan College. He may often be seen lecturing on how to develop an ideal saxophone tone. In March 2011 he was the keynote speaker at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) district 8 jazz festival where he presented the lecture, “Squeak, Slap, Thud, Developing the Golden Saxophone Tone.” This presentation was so successful that he has been invited to be a clinician at the annual PMEA all-state conference in 2012 to be held at the Lancaster Convention Center.
A sought after educator, Jason is the adjunct instructor of saxophone at Lycoming College located in Williamsport, PA, where he teaches saxophone lessons, coaches saxophone quartet, and assists with wind ensemble sectionals. Currently in his second year of teaching at Lycoming, Jason is organizing the first annual Lycoming College Saxophone Day. This festival will be taking place in March 2012 and will feature numerous performances and masterclasses. Special guest artist Eugene Rousseau will make a concerto appearance as well as a special duet appearance with Jason. In addition to his duties at Lycoming College, Jason maintains a highly successful private woodwind studio, where he teaches saxophone, flute, and clarinet.
Jason came to music rather late in his life and did not begin any musical studies until he was 15 years old. He quickly developed a passion for his art and went on to study saxophone with Dr. Joseph Murphy at Mansfield University. While completing a bachelor’s degree in music, with a minor in education, Jason won both the annual Mansfield University concerto competition and the Pennsylvania MTNA young artist competition.
Upon completion of his undergraduate studies Jason went on to earn a master’s degree in saxophone performance from the University of Iowa where he studied with world renowned saxophonist Dr. Kenneth Tse. Jason was awarded the saxophone teaching assistantship during this time and also went on to win the Iowa MTNA young artist competition. Jason remained at the University of Iowa for his doctoral studies. Currently, Jason is ABD and expects completion of this degree in spring 2012. His dissertation topic focuses upon the use of intertextuality in selected saxophone repertoire. In addition to his saxophone studies at Iowa, Jason completed a secondary area in conducting, studying with Myron Welch and Richard Mark Heidel.
In January 2011 Jason was the winner of a national competition in which he won a grant to record his debut CD, Come Down Heavy! This recording demonstrates both the lyrical and the technical capabilities of both Jason and the saxophone. This recording was released in November 2011 on the Emeritus Recordings label and is available directly from the artist, ITunes, Amazon.com and CDBaby.
An advocate of new music, Jason is constantly seeking out composers who write both intellectual and beautiful music. London based composer Ian Stewart has recently completed a duet for Jason, featuring the saxophone with violin. Composers Judith Shatin and Evan Chambers are also currently in the planning stages of commission projects.
Beyond saxophone, Jason has studied Body Mapping and Alexander Technique with Kay S. Hooper. He frequently incorporates these concepts into his teaching and clinics. It is his hope to someday write a book that details how the body is used and how it works during saxophone performance.
Jason is an active member of PMEA, NAfME, NASA and CMS.
More information on Jason may be found at www.jason-laczkoski.com.