Kimberly Goddard Loeffert

Kimberly Goddard Loeffert 's Biography

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 United Kingdom, and Asia, including the Cankarjev Dom (Slovenia), the Guarnerius Art Centre (Serbia), Merkin Concert 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, Jonghyun Choi, Benjamin Fuhrman, Takuma Itoh, Igor Karača, David MacDonald, John Mackey, Marc Mellits, Victor Márquez-Barrios, Roger W. Petersen, Forrest Pierce, David Rakowski, Jesse Ronneau, Matthew Schoendorff, Tina Tallon, Amy Williams, Kevin Wilt, 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 albums 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 Doctorate of Musical Arts and Masters of Music in saxophone performance, as well as a Masters of Music in music theory pedagogy, from Michigan State University. She holds a Bachelor of Music in saxophone performance and jazz studies from Northwestern University. Her primary saxophone teachers have included Joe Lulloff, Frederick Hemke, and Joseph Wytko.

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