Oklahoma State University

 

Saxophone Faculty

 


 

Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert

Assistant Professor of Saxophone & Theory
Office:  SCPA 004
Phone:  405-744-2902
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http://jeffloeffert.com
http://www.h2quartet.com

Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert is the Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Theory at Oklahoma State University.

Loeffert is a very active chamber musician. As a founding member of the h2 quartet, Loeffert has won numerous chamber music prizes including First Place at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, First Place at the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, First Place at the Union Française des Artistes Musiciens Chamber Music Competition (France), twice First Place at the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition – Michigan, First Place in the Northwestern University Chamber Music Competition, and First Place in the Michigan State University Competition.  Loeffert has also been a finalist in the Chesapeake Bay Chamber Music Competition, the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, and a three-time finalist in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition.  Loeffert is featured on six commercially available discs and a DVD, as well as on a PBS television episode of Backstage Pass, which offers viewers a first-hand look at the inner workings of a top-flight chamber ensemble through live in-studio performances and interviews with the ensemble members.

As a soloist, Loeffert won First Place in the Alice Flores Concerto Competition, First Place in the Clear Lake Symphony Concerto Competition, First Place in the Evanston Musicians Club Competition, First Place in the Lima Symphony Concerto Competition, and has been a prize winner in the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition, the North American Saxophone Alliance Young Artist Competition, the Arizona University Records Recording Competition, the Hellam Young Artist Competition, the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artist Competition, and several others.  During the summer months, Loeffert teaches applied saxophone and music theory at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

An advocate of new music, Loeffert has premiered works by Drew Baker, Jongyun Choi, Benjamin Fuhrman, Takuma Itoh, Igor Karaca, David MacDonald, John Mackey, Victor Marquez-Barrios, Marc Mellits, Roger W. Petersen, David Rakowski, Jesse Ronneau, Matthew Schoendorff, Amy Williams, and Daniel Wohl, among others. He has performed in such prestigious venues as the ASEAN Nat Hall in Bangkok, Thailand; the Avalon Theatre in Easton, Maryland; the Cankar Dom in Ljubljana, Slovenia; Clowes Hall in Indianapolis, Indiana; the Guarnerius Center for the Performing Arts in Belgrade, Serbia; the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland; the Sarajevo Music Academy in Sarajevo, Bosnia; the Times Center in New York City; and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California; in addition to university recital halls across the country.

Loeffert graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Music double major in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Studies. At Northwestern, Loeffert won the Program Honors Award for his graduating class.  A Frank Huntington Beebe Scholar, Loeffert studied in Paris at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Cergy-Pontoise where he received the Medalle d'Or à l’Unanimité – Saxophone, and the Medalle d'Or à l’Unanimité – Musque de Chambre.  Loeffert also studied at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt where he received the diploma Cycle d'Orientation Professionnel with an emphasis in contemporary music.  Loeffert completed graduate studies at Michigan State University (MSU) as the recipient of a University Distinguished Fellowship. He received a Master of Music degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance as well as a Master of Music degree in Music Theory Pedagogy. At MSU, he was awarded the Paul Harder Award for music theory and composition. Loeffert studied music theory under Bruce Campbell, Gordon Sly, Bruce Taggart, and Leigh Van Handel.  His primary saxophone teachers include Bob Chreste, Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Jean-Michel Goury, Frederick L. Hemke, Joseph Lulloff, and Scott Plugge.

Loeffert is a Vandoren Performing Artist and plays exclusively on Vandoren reeds.

 

Dr. Kimberly Goddard Loeffert

Lecturer of Music Theory
Office:  SCPA 010
Phone:  405-744-3964
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Dr. Kimberly Goddard Loeffert is the baritone saxophonist for the critically-acclaimed h2 quartet. A dynamic and innovative chamber ensemble, h2 constantly seeks to defy perceptions and expectations of the saxophone. h2 takes advantage of the great expressive capacity of their instrument by programming traditional, avant-garde, minimalist, and jazz-influenced works in surprising and compelling ways.

Loeffert has performed at prestigious venues throughout the United States and in Europe, the UK, and Asia, including the Cankar Dom (Slovenia), the Guarnerius Center for the Performing Arts (Serbia), Merkin Hall (New York City), the National Concert Hall (Ireland), the Sarajevo Music Academy (Bosnia), the Siam Paragon (Thailand), the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), and the Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), in addition to university recital halls across the country.

An advocate for new music, Loeffert has commissioned and/or premiered works by Drew Baker, Karl Blench, Jongyun Choi, Benjamin Fuhrman, Takuma Itoh, Igor Karača, David MacDonald, John Mackey, Marc Mellits, Victor Marquez-Barrios, Roger W. Petersen, David Rakowski, Jesse Ronneau, Matthew Schoendorff, Tina Tallon, Amy Williams, and Daniel Wohl, among others.

An active chamber musician, Loeffert has won numerous chamber music prizes as a member of the h2 quartet, including First Place at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and First Place at the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, among others.  She can also be heard on six commercially available discs and a nationally-syndicated PBS television episode of Backstage Pass.

Loeffert is on faculty at Oklahoma State University (OSU). Prior to her appointment at OSU, she taught music theory, saxophone, and chamber music at Michigan State University and music theory and aural skills at Florida State University where she is a PhD Candidate in Music Theory.  Loeffert earned a DMA and MM in Saxophone Performance, as well as an MM in Music Theory Pedagogy from Michigan State University.  She holds a BM in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Studies from Northwestern University.  Her primary saxophone teachers have included Joe Lulloff, Dr. Frederick Hemke, and Dr. Joseph Wytko.

Loeffert is a Vandoren artist and plays exclusively on Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces, and ligatures.

 

Dr. Tommy Poole

Assistant Professor of Music

Director of Jazz Studies

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405-744-2902

SCPA 004

 

Tommy Poole is Director of Jazz Studies and assistant professor of music at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He is an active saxophonist and woodwind doubler in a variety of genres. He has recorded as saxophonist on numerous commercially available CDs ranging in style from classical, to jazz, to pop. He has performed professionally with Rosemary Clooney, Ramsey Lewis, Johnny Mathis, Maynard Ferguson, Arturo Sandoval, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Andy Montanez, Glenn Monroig, Diane Schuur, Jack Jones, Joe Williams, Mercer Ellington, Marilyn McCoo, and Dianne Reeves among many others. As a classical saxophonist, Poole studied with Harvey Pittel and recorded on the first University of Texas at Austin Saxophone Ensemble CD entitled, Tex Sax (1998).

 

Poole has composed and arranged works for a variety of settings from commercial showbands, to jazz big bands, to full-sized studio orchestras. His orchestrations have been featured on at least seven commercially available CDs. His first CD as producer, On Cue-the Music of Seamus Blake (2012) featured three of his arrangements and was lauded by jazz critic Jack Bowers, AllAboutJazz.com. His second CD as producer, Out Front (2015), featured three of his original compositions.

 

Poole has presented workshops, or served as guest artist/performer, guest conductor, clinician, and/or adjudicator at Eastfield College, Northeastern State University, Pittsburg State University, Slippery Rock University, Oklahoma Christian University, Tulsa Community College, The University of Texas at San Antonio, and The University of Arkansas (Fayetteville). He has served in similar fashion for countless regional high school conferences, honor bands, and jazz festivals. His research on metric modulations in jazz has been published in Jazz Inside Magazine. He serves as President of Oklahoma Jazz Educators (OKJE) for the 2015-2016 academic year and is a member of the Jazz Education Network and College Music Society.

 

He received his B.M. and D.M.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and his M.M. from The University of Miami.