A native of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Anne Kunkle earned her Bachelor of Music degree with High Distinction as a double major in Saxophone Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music, where she was a student of Dr. Chien-Kwan Lin. In the Spring of 2019, Anne earned her Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a student of Professor Debra Richtmeyer.
Anne has presented a recital at the Chicago Cultural Center as the First Prize and Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarship recipient of the 2018 Musician’s Club of Women Scholarship auditions. She also won the First Prize at the 2016 Empire State Collegiate Instrumental Competition, organized by the New York State Music Teachers Association.
In addition to chamber music, Anne also possesses a broad range of performance experience, having performed with a wide variety of large ensembles such as the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Musica Nova, Eastman Philharmonia, as well as the Illinois Wind Symphony which performed at Lincoln Center in 2018. Anne has performed with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and is scheduled to record Shostakovich’s Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1 and Suite of Variety Orchestra No. 1, as well as Youman’s Tahiti Trot (Tea for Two) with the ensemble.
As a member of the innovative and creative ensemble, the Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP), Anne has performed at the prestigious Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. In 2016, she traveled with ESP to China, where she performed at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, as well as concert venues in the cities of Jinan, Ningbo, and Shanghai. The group has performed her arrangements of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Jazz Suite No. 1 and Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.
Anne is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, where she serves as the ESP Assistant Director, teaches at the Eastman Community Music School, and is a mentor for the New Horizons Music program.
Scott Augustine completed a Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Stephen F. Austin State University in 2018 where he was a student of Dr. Nathan Nabb. Mr. Augustine is the recipient of numerous awards including the Presser Scholar award, Winner of the 2016 Texas State Music Teachers National Association Chamber Competition, Semi-Finalist in the 2018 North American Saxophone Alliance National Biennial Quartet Competition, Finalist in the 2017 Coltman Chamber Competition, Winner of the Stephen F. Austin State University Concerto Competition, and was a silver-medalist in the 2019 Fischoff National Chamber Competition with the Khroma Quartet. He has performed a solo and a quartet concerto with the SFA Orchestra of the Piney Woods and was featured on a recital in the College Quartet Series at the United States Navy Band 39th International Saxophone Symposium. He has appeared in masterclasses with renowned saxophonists Dr. Frederick Hemke, Professor Joseph Lulloff, Dr. James Umble and the Masato Kumoi Quartet. Mr. Augustine is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance and Literature and is a Teaching Assistant with Professor Debra Richtmeyer at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Saxophonist Wilson Poffenberger is quickly establishing himself as a soloist, educator, and chamber musician. Currently Mr. Poffenberger is pursuing a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance and literature at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he is the split jazz and classical teaching assistant for artist teacher Debra Richtmeyer. As a soloist, Mr. Poffenberger has performed with the Illinois Modern Ensemble, Dana Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown State University Percussion Ensemble, and Hagerstown Municipal Band. He has presented recitals at the XVIII World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia (2018), EMS60 Conference (2018), Splice New Music Festival (2017), International Navy Band Saxophone Symposium (2011-2019), North American Saxophone Alliance Biannual Conference (2014, 2018), Duquesne Saxophone Day (2014), and the Fondation des Etats-Unis. Recent accomplishments include first prize at the 2019 Mostly Modern Festival Concerto Competition, first prize at the 2019 Krannert Debut Artist Competition, grand prize at the 2017 Enkor International Woodwind and Brass Competition, winner of the 2016-2017 Harriet Hale Woolley award, first prize at the 2014 Dana Young Artist competition, semi-finalist in the 2014 International Saxophone Symposium and Competition, and semi-finalist in the 2018 and 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Collegiate Solo Competition. A strong advocate for new music, Mr. Poffenberger has premiered works by Étienne Rolin, Guillermo Lago, Gregory Wanamaker, Robert Lemay, Alexis Bacon, Vahid Jahandari, Andrew Koss, Alex Miller, and Aaron Lockhart. Mr. Poffenberger received his Masters of Music degree from Youngstown State University and his Bachelors of Music Education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with additional study at CRR Boulogne-Billancourt in Paris, France. He has performed in masterclasses with Otis Murphy, Chien-Kwan Lin, Michael Ibrahim, Timothy McAllister, Vincent David, Claude Delangle, Arno Bornkamp, Masataka Hirano, and Christian Wirth. His primary teachers include Debra Richtmeyer, Jean-Michel Goury, James Umble, and Keith Young. Mr. Poffenberger performs exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones and mouthpieces.
Michael Chapa is a passionate performer and music educator currently pursuing his Artist Diploma in saxophone performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying with Debra Richtmeyer. In the spring of 2019, he completed the Master of Music Degree at UIUC, and in 2017, he received the Bachelor of Music (BM) degree in Music Education at Stephen F. Austin State University as a student of Nathan Nabb. Michael is currently an active member of the UIUC Wind Symphony and Khroma saxophone quartet. As a member of the UIUC Wind Symphony, Michael has traveled to Chicago, New York City, Pittsburg, and Tempe to perform multiple commissions and showcase various musical works for the university’s sesquicentennial celebration. As a part of the Khroma Quartet, Michael has also traveled to numerous venues across the Midwest to perform a plethora of different styles of music to demonstrate the varied capabilities of the saxophone and promote the array of colors the saxophone quartet can contribute in many genres.
Michael has performed as a saxophonist with the UIUC Symphony Orchestra, UIUC Wind Symphony, Orchestra of the Pines, SFASU Wind Ensemble, Illinois Wesleyan Symphonic Winds, Ethereal Saxophone Quartet, Anabru Quartet, and Khroma Quartet and has received awards such as Silver Medal at the 2019 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, Outstanding Performance at the 72nd Annual Midwest Clinic, 1st place at the Illinois State MTNA Chamber Competition, and Winner of the Stephen F. Austin State University Concerto Competition.
Michael has participated in multiple masterclasses given by respected saxophonists such as Arno Bornkamp, Frederick Hemke, Joe Lulloff, Jan Berry Baker, the H2 Saxophone Quartet, the Masato Kumoi Saxophone Quartet, and the Oasis Saxophone Quartet. As a member of various concert bands, he has performed in concert halls across Texas, Illinois, Arizona, and New York and performed with profound composers such as David Biedenbender, Steven Bryant, Dominick DiOrio, Joel Love, Jess Turner, Xi Wang, and Dana Wilson.