Performed Glazunov's Concerto for Saxophone on Thursday, March 3, 2016.
Jonathan is a resident of Ann Arbor and a senior at Pioneer High School, dual-enrolled at Community High School. He began playing the alto saxophone in school in 5th grade. He also began studying with saxophone teacher John Becker later the same year. His prowess with the saxophone quickly earned him recognition as a musician. In addition to a series of "First Division" ratings at District and State Solo & Ensemble, Jonathan made 1st chair alto saxophone in the Pioneer High School Symphony Band in 10th grade, a position that he has held for the past 3 years. Jonathan is also 1st chair alto saxophone in the Pioneer High School Jazz Band, a position that he has held for the past 3 years. He was recently awarded a concerto performance in Pioneer's 2016 Annual Concerto Competition, the first saxophone concerto awarded to a Pioneer senior in 19 years. Jonathan has performed with the Pioneer Symphony Band and Jazz Band in Prague and Hodonin, Czech Republic, and will be performing again with these ensembles at Carnegie Hall, NYC, in April 2016. He is also proud to have performed as a member of the All City Centennial Band, celebrating 100 years of bands in Ann Arbor Public Schools.
In addition to playing the saxophone, Jonathan is an accomplished pianist. He started studying with piano teacher Dan Latterner when he was 8 years old and completed his Level 10 SATD piano certification when he was in 9th grade. Jonathan discovered jazz when he was in 7th grade, and jazz quickly became his passion. He dual-enrolled at Community High School in 9th grade so that he could take advantage of the classes taught by CHS Jazz Director Jack Wagner. Jonathan's passion for music has helped him win several awards. He has made it to the All-State Jazz Ensemble for the past 2 years and the Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYAF) Honors Jazz Ensemble in 2015. Jonathan was also the 1st chair for both Interlochen Arts Camp Jazz Ensembles in 2015, where he studied with Bill Sears. He was fortunate to be able to attend Interlochen Arts Camp in part due to a merit scholarship from the Ann Arbor Public Schools. He has also been a finalist in the Rosalie Edwards Youth Arts Competition and 1st chair in the "Future BeBop Spartans" top jazz ensemble at Michigan State University's 2015 Jazz Camp.
Jonathan recognizes that he would not be where he is today without all the great music teachers that he has had the opportunity to work with over the years, both in school and privately. He is immensely grateful to his AAPS teachers David Leach, Jack Wagner, Nancy Waring, Gene Bartley, Debbie Smith, and Kristi Bishop, as well as his private teachers John Becker, Dan Latterner, Jack Wagner (summers), and Dr. Andrew Bishop. Mrs. Bishop was Jonathan's music teacher in elementary school and she was the person who got him excited about music in the first place. He is fortunate to now be studying with her husband, UM School of Music saxophone professor Dr. Andrew Bishop.
Outside school, Jonathan enjoys listening to music performances by the masters, and he also enjoys teaching the saxophone and piano. He organizes and heads jazz ensembles that perform at various fundraising events, the VA hospital, and area nursing homes. He was awarded the Harold Eastman Outstanding Achievement Award in 2015 by the Breakfast Optimist Club of Ann Arbor for his leadership and community service. Jonathan plans to pursue a dual major in music performance and computer science in college this fall.
Performed Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet by Claude Debussy on Thursday, April 23, 2015
A resident of Ann Arbor and a senior at Community High School and dual-enrolled at Pioneer High School, Griffin Roy began playing clarinet in the fifth grade at Ann Arbor Open school under the direction of Carolyn Bybee. As a seventh grader, he earned a seat in the Michigan All-State Band and continued yearly trips to Grand Rapids to work with and perform with the ensembles for each year that he auditioned. Griffin has studied with Jay deVries for the past five years and is immensely grateful to Jay for the incredible challenge and experience he has given him. With Jay's guidance, Griffin made it into the Pioneer Symphony Band, under the direction of David Leach, as a freshman. He has been first chair clarinet for the past two years.
Through band, orchestra, ensemble, and solo work, Griffin has been exposed to many exciting experiences -- travelling to New York to play at Carnegie Hall, travelling to San Francisco for a clinic with Alasdair Neale, performing at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids, playing under the direction of Michael Adelson, John Pasquale, Michael Haithcock, and Kevin Sedatole, and most recently touring and performing in Budapest, Prague, and Vienna. It was a true honor to take part in the 100th Anniversary Concert of Music in Ann Arbor at Hill Auditorium last spring. On March 26, Griffin will perform Gioachino Rossini's Introduction, Theme, and Variations in the 60th Annual Pioneer Concerto Concert. The proficiency of the Grammy winning Pioneer Music program and the great appreciation the Ann Arbor community has for arts education has fostered years of unique and unforgettable experiences.
Aside from playing the clarinet, Griffin is also a co-captain of the Pioneer Crew Team which satisfies another level of discipline and teamwork. He is also an active member of his church youth group at First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, and will travel with them in June for a work trip in Guatemala. Griffin is also part of the National Honor Society. While these activities keep him busy, Griffin enjoys reading, computer programming, and time with friends when he has some unscheduled hours. He intends to study engineering and certainly plans to insert himself into the music program of his selected University this fall.
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