B i o g r a p h y
Dr. Jonathan Bergeron is Professor of Saxophone at Northern Arizona where he teaches applied saxophone lessons, coaches saxophone quartets, and directs the NAU Saxophone Orchestra. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed concerts throughout the United States and abroad including Austria, Germany, Ireland, and Poland. He has also won numerous awards from national and international competitions such as the Carmel International Chamber Music Competition, the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Artist and Chamber Music competitions, and the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. At a recent concert in Poland, Bergeron received the following praise, “Bergeron’s unhindered alto saxophone playing captivated the audience with his beautiful, noble tone. Bergeron executed complicated and elaborate passages brilliantly with flawless octave leaps and high altissimo. His tone and vibrato provided the audience with a palate painted with many colors” (Twoja Muza Magazyn Muzyczny).
Dr. Bergeron has performed and presented master classes at many universities including the University of Nebraska, the University of Memphis, Duquesne University, the Crane School of Music, the State University of New York at Fredonia, Florida State University, Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Southern Mississippi, Henderson State University, the University of Utah, the University of Mississippi, Northwestern State University, the University of Oregon, California State University Northridge, University of California Los Angeles, the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg (Germany), the Szczecin Academy of Music (Poland), and the Wroclaw Academy of Music (Poland).
Notably, Dr. Bergeron has performed at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Jazz Times Convention, and the North American Saxophone Alliance Conferences. He holds degrees from Florida State University and the University of Southern Mississippi where his teachers were Patrick Meighan and Lawrence Gwozdz.
Dr. Bergeron’s saxophone studio continues to receive worldwide attention. His students have received national and international awards such as Grand Prize at the Coleman International Chamber Music Competition, three national first prize awards at the M.T.N.A Chamber Music Competition, Gold Medal at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, first prize at the Plowman Chamber Music competition, and national second prize at the M.T.N.A. Collegiate Artist Competition. Several of Bergeron’s former students are currently performing in world-renowned saxophone quartets such as the Tetraphonics Saxophone Quartet, the Mana Quartet, and Project Fusion.
Dr. Bergeron is a Conn-Selmer performing artist and also endorses Ishimori Ligatures.
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