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Katy LaFleur is an accomplished saxophonist and reed musician. Her artistic credentials include performances with the Boston Philharmonic and Cape Cod Symphonies, solo performances at the North American Saxophone Alliance’s international and regional conventions, a performance at the Russian Embassy in Kabul (travel funded by the United States Embassy), and the world-premiere of a Philip Glass concerto arrangement (Jordan Hall, Boston, 2012). She has won artistic competitions both at WMU (Concerto Competition, first prize) and NEC (Chamber Music Competition and Fellowship, first prize), the latter which earned her a tour as an official musical representative of the New England Conservatory. As founder and project lead of the 18-musician Gradient Us New Music Ensemble in Boston, she collaborated with the Boston Philharmonic conducting fellow, Ben Vickers. Katy's educational credentials include a master’s degree in Saxophone Performance from the New England Conservatory (NEC) and a bachelor’s degree in Saxophone Performance from Western Michigan University (WMU). She has completed one year towards a Professional Cycle certification at the Conservatory of Bologne-Bilancourt in Paris, France; this study was supported in-full by the Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship of the American Foundation (Fondation des Etats-Unis) of Paris. She has also studied at the European University of Saxophone for both the 2010 and 2011 sessions (a summer program organized by the world leaders of classical saxophone performance); in her first sejour, this study was funded by an Arts Council Emerging Artist grant. In addition to her focus on concert music, Katy has extensive study in jazz and pop music, composition, flute, and clarinet.

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