Saxophonist Carrie Koffman has appeared as a soloist with a host of notable ensembles and performs with violist Tim Deighton in the contemporary chamber music duo The Irrelevants. The duo has commissioned and premiered numerous works by such celebrated composers as Gunther Schuller and Augusta Read Thomas.
Koffman is part of the Yale School of Music’s Jazz Initiative, where she teaches undergraduate saxophonists. She is also a longtime member of the faculty at The Hartt School at the University of Hartford and previously taught at Pennsylvania State University, the University of New Mexico, and Boston University. Koffman’s students have placed in more than 90 performance competitions and won 18 concerto competitions. Koffman 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. She graduated with high honors and earned a bachelor of music degree from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Donald Sinta, and a master of music degree from the University of North Texas, where she studied with James Riggs and Eric Nestler.
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 also records and performs in an ongoing series called “Pink Ink,” which is dedicated to promoting the music of living women composers.
Sequitur, Le Train Bleu, Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, Wallingford Symphony Orchestra, Waterbury Symphony Orchestra