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Saxophone Faculty

Dr. Vanessa Sielert

Vanessa Sielert is Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho. She has also served as professor of saxophone on the faculties of Pacific Lutheran University, Seattle Pacific University and the University of Southern Illinois. Vanessa received a Bachelor of Music in music education and saxophone performance from the University of Idaho, a Master of Music in saxophone performance from Baylor University and a Doctor of Musical Arts in saxophone performance from the University of Illinois. She has studied saxophone with Robert Miller, Michael Jacobson, and Debra Richtmeyer.

Vanessa has performed with a wide range of performing groups including the Palouse Jazz Project, the Emerald City Jazz Orchestra, the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, the Federal Way Symphony, Orchestra Seattle, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. As a member of the Millennium Saxophone Quartet, she was a medal winner at the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She has performed as a soloist and quartet member at conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance and at meetings of the World Saxophone Congress in Minneapolis and Montreal.

In 2008, Vanessa premiered Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble by Chris Rutkowski with the University of Idaho Wind Ensemble. This work was commissioned by a consortium, in which Vanessa and the Lionel Hampton School of Music were partners. She can be heard on several recent recordings, including Come Rain or Come Shine by the Emerald City Jazz Orchestra, In Progress by the Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra, From There to Here by the Vern Sielert Dektet, and America's Tribute to Adolphe Sax, Vol. XIII and XIV. She is currently working on a recording of original compositions and arrangements written for a saxophone quartet she founded, the Free Range Saxophone Quartet. In addition to her performance schedule, Vanessa is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the northwest.