JUDITH SAXTON enjoys a multi-faceted thirty-year career as an international concert and recording artist, chamber, orchestral, liturgical musician and improviser, and educator. A Certified Alexander Technique Teacher (ATI), Saxton aims to embody those principles of observation, awareness, and ease of movement in all her interactions.
As a recitalist, Saxton has performed in the U.K., China, Finland, and Brazil, and concertizes nationally and records with Timothy Olsen, organ, and Allison Gagnon, piano. As principal and soloist, she leads the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival and can be heard regularly with orchestral and chamber organizations on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. Saxton has offered over 200 master classes at conservatories, festivals, conferences, and eldercare facilities worldwide as a Conn-Selmer artist/clinician, including ITG, EMF, Road Scholar, Trumpet Festival of the Southeast, and International Women’s Brass Conferences.
A keen advocate of new music, Saxton continues to ardently promote, co-commission, and premiere and compose new works; in this capacity, she has soloed with a variety of orchestras and bands in the U.S. and abroad.
For several seasons, Saxton was principal and soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Chicago Chamber Orchestra, Illinois, South Bend, Illinois Chamber, Wichita and Key West/South Florida Symphonies, New York Women’s Ensemble, and Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival. She was guest principal for the St. Louis Symphony and extra with Chicago, Milwaukee, Grant Park, Sydney (Australia), and Harrisburg Symphonies. In demand as a versatile musician during her decades-long freelance career, Saxton performs in a variety of shows, commercials, recording sessions, big bands, and combos.
Chamber credits include Chicago Symphony Brass Quintet, Southeast Chamber Brass, UNCSA and Wichita Brass Quintets, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Sierra Brass, Musica Harmonia, Tromba Mundi, Millar and Monarch Brass ensembles. She was charter principal solo cornet and soloist for the North Carolina Brass Band and their first two CDs. As a full-time member of two dozen groups, she has recorded for over 20 labels. She has written and recorded for Vincent Cichowicz Long Tone Studies and Flow Studies Volumes 1 and 2 and is a frequent contributor to the ITG Journal and the Brass Herald.
Past teaching positions include ten years at University of North Carolina School of the Arts as Trumpet Artist/Faculty and Brass/Percussion Chair, tenured Associate Professor at Wichita State University, and positions with Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Illinois Wesleyan, and Northeastern Illinois Universities.
Saxton holds board memberships with EMF, and she has served several terms for ITG, National Trumpet Competition, International Women’s Brass Conference, and Fulbright National Screening Committee. A graduate of Mansfield (PA) and Northwestern Universities, Saxton’s most influential teachers were Vincent Cichowicz, Arnold Jacobs, William Scarlett, Susan Slaughter, and Michael Galloway.
Saxton offers Trumpet/Brass and Alexander Technique through her ‘Free Flow Studio, NC’ online. Her trumpet students can be found performing and teaching around the globe.