Judith Saxton enjoys a multi-faceted career as an international soloist, chamber and orchestral musician and educator and has been lauded as a “virtuoso player and superb soloist”. She is UNC School of the Arts Trumpet Artist/Faculty and has served as the Brass/Percussion Chair during her entire nine-year tenure.
Ms. Saxton concertizes nationally with her colleagues Timothy Olsen, organ, and Allison Gagnon, piano with whom she recorded her acclaimed solo CD Concert and Contest Pieces for Trumpet – issued worldwide by the International Trumpet Guild. As principal, she leads the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, VA’s Blue Ridge Music Festival and UNCSA brass quintet. Additionally, she is currently featured Soloist and Principal Solo Cornet for the newly formed professional North Carolina Brass Band whose 2014 debut CD is First in Flight. She is also on Eastern Music Festival (EMF) faculty with whom she records annually under Gerard Schwarz’s leadership. She performs regularly with the North Carolina, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Roanoke symphonies and an array of chamber organizations on the eastern seaboard. A keen advocate of new music, she continues to ardently promote and premiere new works around the world, and she offers master classes at conservatories, festivals and conferences around the globe as a Conn-Selmer clinician. In her 27 - year career, she remains a sought-after soloist for many orchestras and bands in the US and abroad.
For several seasons, she was Principal and Soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Illinois, South Bend, Illinois Chamber, Wichita and Key West/South Florida Symphonies. She was also an extra and substitute with the Chicago Symphony and brass quintet and in demand for numerous shows, commercials, recording sessions, big bands and combos. Chamber credits include Southeast Chamber Brass, Wichita Brass Quintet, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Sierra Brass (Japan tours), Musica Harmonica (Brazil tour), Tromba Mundi, Millar and Monarch Brass ensembles. She has written and recorded for Vincent Cichowicz Long Tone Studies and Flow Studies Volumes 1 and 2. Other recordings are with Crystal, Koss, Proto, Novitas, MSR Classics and Moravian Music Foundation labels.
Previously Ms. Saxton was guest principal for the St. Louis Symphony, and an extra for Milwaukee, Grant Park, Sydney (Australia) and Harrisburg Symphonies. She was principal with the New York Women’s Ensemble, Artist Faculty for Lieksa Brass Week, Finland, and tenured Associate Professor at Wichita State University. She taught previously at Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and Illinois Wesleyan and Northeastern Illinois Universities.
Ms. Saxton holds board memberships with EMF, ITG, and National Trumpet Competition and served several terms for the International Women's Brass Conference and Fulbright National Screening Committee. A graduate of Mansfield (PA) and Northwestern Universities, Saxton’s most influential teachers were Vincent Cichowicz, Arnold Jacobs, William Scarlett, Susan Slaughter and Michael Galloway. She is currently a trainee in the North Carolina Teacher Training Program of Chesapeake Bay Alexander Studies.
Her students can be found performing and teaching across the U.S., Asia and Norway. More can be learned about Ms. Saxton’s performing and teaching at Judithsaxton.com and uncsatrumpet.com