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About Medusa Saxophone Quartet

Formed in April of 2023, Medusa Saxophone Quartet’s mission is to support young, historically excluded saxophonists and composers using performance, community engagement, and advocacy through saxophone quartet. Medusa Saxophone Quartet (MSQ) has recently appeared at the 2024 International Saxophone Symposium in Fairfax, VA and the 2024 North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Biennial Conference in Stillwater, OK. The group was also invited to perform as featured artists at the NASA conference closing Seek & Discover concert.

 

In addition to conference performances, Medusa Saxophone Quartet prioritizes community engagement. Whenever the ensemble has in-person appearances, MSQ partners with local retirement homes, coffee shops, and other businesses to bring music to the masses. Accessibility is a key component of Medusa Saxophone Quartet’s mission. 

 

As saxophonists in various professions, the group resides in different states, spread across the country. Most of MSQ’s rehearsal time is done over the summer, when the ensemble meets for a week-long retreat, and extra time before conference appearances.

 

Medusa Saxophone Quartet is not just a name, but a symbol of resilience and empowerment. It is named for Medusa of Greek mythology, a figure whose story has been long misrepresented in history. Like the retelling of Medusa’s story, MSQ aims to provide a voice for historically excluded populations. To read more about the reclaimed story of Medusa, we recommend the following resources. 

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Meet the Musicians

Brianna Buck

Brianna Buck is an active performer and collaborator who believes in championing new music for the saxophone. She has commissioned and premiered works by composers such as Marilyn Shrude, Aaron Kernis, and Emily Koh. As a chamber musician, Brianna performs frequently as a member of Bia Duo and the newly formed Medusa Saxophone Quartet. She was also a member of the award-winning Akōtu Quartet, placing 3rd at the 2021 MTNA Chamber competition. Past performances include appearances at the World Saxophone Congress, International Saxophone Symposium, and various North American Saxophone Alliances conferences.

 

Brianna received her undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University and did her graduate studies at Oklahoma State University. Brianna’s teachers include Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert, Dr. John Sampen, and Dr. Nathan Nabb.

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Jessica McCready

Jessica is currently in her second year of her master’s degree studying saxophone performance at The Hartt School of Music, Dance, and Theatre with Professor Carrie Koffman. She is passionate about advocating for underrepresented composers’ music by performing chamber music that is impactful within various communities. In her first year of her masters, Jessica was the baritone saxophonist in the Atlas Saxophone Quartet who performed for a variety of venues such as the 2022 Navy Band Symposium, the 2023 NASA Biennial Conference in Hattiesburg Mississippi, outreach performances at five secondary schools in Cedar Falls Iowa, for several Hartt School recitals and outreach performances, and were semifinalists in the 2023 Plowman Chamber Music Competition.

 

As a member of the Medusa Saxophone Quartet, and Fusion Sax Duo, she aims to continue her exploration of chamber music by commissioning and supporting underrepresented composers and musicians through community outreach lectures, performances, and recordings.

Alexis Seah

Alexis Seah, 谢喜晴, is a Singaporean saxophonist based in the United States. Alexis is currently the Interim Instructor of Saxophone at the University of Oklahoma. She has given recitals and workshops at several international festivals such as the Singapore Saxophone Symposium, North American Saxophone Alliance, World Saxophone Congress, Asian Saxophone Congress, and others. In the competitive circuit, Alexis has competed in the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, Music Teachers National Association Chamber Winds and Young Artist Competition, Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and Asia Pacific Saxophone Academy Solo Competition.


Alexis has received her education from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Diploma in Music Performance, 2014), Royal College of Music-NAFA (Bachelor of Music w/Honours, 2016), and Oklahoma State University (Master of Music, 2019). She is currently completing her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Oklahoma. Her teachers include Tang Xiao Ping, Leslie Wong, Kyle Horch, Jeffrey Loeffert, and Jonathan Nichol.

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Kendra Wheeler

Kendra Wheeler is a collaborator, chamber musician, educator, and advocate for emerging, diverse, and historically excluded music and musicians. Wheeler actively promotes, advocates, and performs a new repertoire that embraces many cultures and perspectives. She has appeared at major venues and festivals in Italy, Croatia, Greece, England, and the United States. International and nationally renowned organizations and competitions like the Concert Artist Guild (CAG), Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition (VEA), DOWNBEAT Magazine, and Pan-American International Saxophone Competition have recognized Wheeler’s work. 

 

Her teachers include Joseph Lulloff, Eugene Rousseau, and Preston Duncan. 


Dr. Kendra Wheeler is an Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Central Washington University. She is an Eastman, Silverstein Works, and Légère Reeds Performing Artist.

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