BIOGRAPHY


Katherine Saxon has written a wide variety of music that ranges from large-scale choral works to intricate chamber music. Her music has been performed at the Atlantic Music Festival, NACUSA events (regional and national), the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and the UCSB Primavera Festival. Her work "Speed and Perfection" received the first prize in the San Francisco Choral Artists' 2012 New Voices Competition. This past winter Dr. Saxon was awarded a residency at the Banff Centre in Canada to work on her science fiction opera.


As a choral conductor, Katherine Saxon is passionate about helping create new music. While at the University of Oregon, Katherine Saxon co-founded Sospiro, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of Early music and new music composed by students and faculty members. She was also the founder and conductor of New Century Voices, a vocal ensemble at the University of California, Santa Barbara that workshopped and performed numerous student compositions. Dr. Saxon currently conducts the Santa Barbara Treble Clef Chorus, a community women's group, and the Carpentaria Community Church choir.


Born in Santa Monica, California, Katherine Saxon received her PhD in Music from the University of California, Santa Barbara and Masters degree in Music Composition from the University of Oregon. She did her BA in Music at Williams College where she studied voice with Brad Wells. Her principle composition teachers include Joel Feigin, Clarence Barlow, Robert Kyr, David Crumb, Ileana Perez Valezquez, and Richard Grayson.