Saxophonist WILSON POFFENBERGER is quickly establishing himself as a soloist, educator, and chamber musician. Currently Mr. Poffenberger is pursuing a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance and literature at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where he is the split jazz and classical teaching assistant for artist teacher Debra Richtmeyer. As a soloist, Mr. Poffenberger has performed with the Illinois Modern Ensemble, Dana Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown State University Percussion Ensemble, and Hagerstown Municipal Band. He has presented recitals at the XVIII World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia (2018), EMS60 Conference (2018), Splice New Music Festival (2017), International Navy Band Saxophone Symposium (2011-2019), North American Saxophone Alliance Biannual Conference (2014, 2018), Duquesne Saxophone Day (2014), and the Fondation des Etats-Unis. Recent accomplishments include first prize at the 2019 Krannert Debut Artist Competition, grand prize at the 2017 Enkor International Woodwind and Brass Competition, winner of the 2016-2017 Harriet Hale Woolley award, first prize at the 2014 Dana Young Artist competition, semi-finalist in the 2014 International Saxophone Symposium and Competition, and semi-finalist in the 2018 and 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Collegiate Solo Competition. A strong advocate for new music, Mr. Poffenberger has premiered works by Étienne Rolin, Guillermo Lago, Gregory Wanamaker, Robert Lemay, Alexis Bacon, Vahid Jahandari, Andrew Koss, Alex Miller, and Aaron Lockhart. Mr. Poffenberger received his Masters of Music degree from Youngstown State University and his Bachelors of Music Education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with additional study at CRR Boulogne-Billancourt in Paris, France. He has performed in masterclasses with Otis Murphy, Chien-Kwan Lin, Michael Ibrahim, Timothy McAllister, Vincent David, Claude Delangle, Arno Bornkamp, Masataka Hirano, and Christian Wirth. His primary teachers include Debra Richtmeyer, Jean-Michel Goury, James Umble, and Keith Young. Mr. Poffenberger performs exclusively on Selmer Paris saxophones and mouthpieces.