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Saxophonist Carrie Koffman has appeared with a host of notable ensembles including Sequitur, Le Train Bleu, the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, Wallingford Symphony Orchestra, and Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, among others.
She performs with violist Tim Deighton in the contemporary chamber music duo The Irrelevants and has commissioned and premiered numerous works by such celebrated Yale School of Music composers as Gunther Schuller and Augusta Read Thomas. Recent recording projects include her CD Carillon Sky, The Irrelevants’ Dialogues, and Dragon Rhyme, a recording of works by Chen Yi, Kurt Weill, and Jennifer Higdon. Koffman records and performs in an ongoing series called “Pink Ink,” which is dedicated to promoting the music of living women composers.
Koffman is a longtime member of the faculty at The Hartt School at the University of Hartford and has held positions at Pennsylvania State University and the University of New Mexico. She has also taught at Boston University and appears regularly as a clinician. Koffman’s students have placed in more than 90 performance competitions and have won 18 concerto competitions at four different universities. She is a founding faculty member of the American Saxophone Academy, an annual educational program designed for advanced college students and those with even more experience. Koffman graduated with high honors and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Donald Sinta, and earned a master’s degree from the University of North Texas, where she studied with James Riggs and Eric Nestler.
Koffman is part of the Yale School of Music’s Jazz Initiative, where she is a lecturer in saxophone.