James Madison University School of Music

Saxophone

DAVID POPE, Professor

Professor of Saxophone, David Pope has been on the faculty since 2000. He is the Distinguished Teacher of the College of Visual and Performing Arts for 2012-13. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with additional studies at the University of Miami.

David has extensively trained as a classical and a jazz saxophonist and is an active composer and author. He has penned the regular column “Creative Jazz Improvisation” for Saxophone Journal since 1995. In demand as a performer and clinician, he has appeared at the World Saxophone Congress, North American Saxophone Alliance, College Band Directors National Association, and the Virginia Music Educators Association. He has presented masterclasses and recitals at the Eastman School of Music, University of Southampton, California State University, Fresno, University of Northern Colorado, University of Northern Iowa, University of Massachusetts, and Bucknell University. He has also been a featured artist at the New England Saxophone Symposium.

The Pioneer Saxophone Quartet (with Lynn Klock, Angela Space, and George Weremchuk) has been in-residence at SUNY Oswego, James Madison University, the New England Saxophone Symposium, the Central Florida Sax Fest, and the University of Miami. They premiered new works at the World Saxophone Congress 2012, and the 2008 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference.

Widely recognized for his unique work with multiphonics, David has recorded a CD for Open Loop Records and two masterclass CDs for Saxophone Journal. His writings are available from Hal Leonard, Dorn Publications, and Ex Tempore. He has additional recordings on Albany Records and Dazzle Recordings

David Pope plays R. S. Berkeley “Virtuoso” saxophones and endorses Applied Microphone Technology.

Email: popedj@jmu.edu
Office: 540.568.6762

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