Described as “an elegant player with a beautiful tone,” Dr. Brian Kauth is an active performer and teacher of the saxophone. As an ensemble member, he has performed with the New York Wind Symphony, the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Ridgewood Concert Band, the Big Blue Big Band, the Swing Shift Orchestra, the Hudson Valley Saxophone Orchestra, and the Resonance Saxophone Orchestra. Solo performances include conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance and the International Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, in addition to recitals throughout the Northeast United States.

A proponent of new music since his collegiate days, Dr. Kauth has worked with several composers to contribute to the saxophone repertoire in various contexts and configurations, premiering works by Michael Bies, Walter Hartley, Brandon Nelson, Jamie Leigh Sampson, Marc Satterwhite, Andrew Martin Smith, Alan Theisen, and James Willey, among others.

Dr. Kauth is equally at home researching and teaching. In addition to maintaining a private studio, he teaches instrumental music for the Roscoe Central School District in Roscoe, NY, as well as serving as the saxophone instructor at Nesin Cultural Arts in Monticello, NY. His research into the saxophone concerto of Roman Palester has led to an increased interest in this long-forgotten work, culminating in his doctoral dissertation, featured articles, and his premiere performance of the original version at SMR 100: The Sigurd M. Raschèr Centennial Celebration held at SUNY Fredonia. Additionally, his scholarly writings have been published in Saxophone Today, The Saxophone Symposium, and The Saxophonist. Upcoming publications focus on the saxophone music of Laurence Wyman and Stephen Dankner.

Dr. Kauth studied saxophone with Lawrence Gwozdz, Wildy Zumwalt, and Laurence Wyman, earning degrees in music education and performance from The University of Southern Mississippi and The State University of New York at Fredonia. He received additional instruction from renowned concert artists Carina Raschèr, Jean-Marie Londeix, and members of the acclaimed Raschèr Saxophone Quartet. He may be heard on the Sax-Chamber Orchestra’s recording, Parabolically Bach, available on Roméo Records, and is presently preparing recordings of Laurence Wyman’s saxophone music, as well as music dedicated to him, which includes unknown new works for the saxophone. Dr. Kauth performs on vintage Buescher saxophones, Mana mouthpieces, Vandoren reeds, and Silverstein ligatures.


Updated April 2023

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