Musical Pit Orchestra Conductor
Cogswell Hall 214
DMA, University of Maryland
MM, Catholic University
BME, Bowling Green State University
Keith R. Young is professor of Music at Indiana University of
Pennsylvania, where he teaches saxophone performance studies and directs the IUP
Jazz Band, musical Pit Orchestras, and classes in woodwind methods and music
theory. In 1998 he retired as the principal saxophonist with the U.S. Air Force
Band in Washington, D.C. With that ensemble, he performed on
saxophone and piano with the Concert Band, Saxophone Quartet, Jazz Protocol
Combo, Orchestra, and Dixieland Band, touring throughout the world.
As saxophone soloist, Dr. Young has performed on international tours with the
U.S. Air Force Band and as guest soloist with college and high school bands.
Solo performances have included the 1986 International Bandmasters and
Orchestra Directors Conference in Chicago; World Saxophone Congresses in the
United States, Japan, Italy, and Canada; the 1988 MENC; the 1989 ABA
Convention; Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and South Carolina music
educators conferences; the U.S. Navy Band International Saxophone Symposiums; and
the Three Rivers Saxophone Quartet Workshop.
Dr. Young has a solo compact
disc with Crystal Records entitled Saxophone
Voices from Five Countries, sold on Amazon. He has also published two master
class compact discs with The Saxophone
Journal on saxophone performance techniques.
As a music educator off
campus, Dr. Young is active as guest conductor and clinician for jazz festivals,
as well as regularly taking the IUP Jazz Band to perform in public school
settings. His saxophone students from
IUP have won the Johnstown
and Butler Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition; the IUP Student Solo
Recital Competition; and the Bronze Medal for the prestigious 2002 Fishoff
National Chamber Music Competition Senior Winds Division.
Dr. Young received music degrees from Bowling Green State
University in Ohio, the Catholic
University of America, and the University
of Maryland. He also
studied in Bordeaux, France. Saxophone
professors have included Jean Marie
Londeix, Dale Underwood, Reginald Jackson, Louis Marini, Sr., and jazz
saxophonist Chris Vadala.
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