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John W. Sampen

Education and Teaching Experience

- B.M. Northwestern University (1971)
- M.M. Northwestern University (1972)
- D.M. Northwestern University (1984)

-Distinguished Artist Professor (Saxophone)
Bowling Green State Univiversity, 1977-present

-Summer Instructor
Interlochen Arts Camp, 1989-1995

-Visiting Professor
Oberlin Conservatory, 1988-1989

-Visiting Professor
Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, 1986

-Instructor
Wichita State University, 1973-1976

-Assistant Director
Evanston Township High School, 1972-1973

Papers and Performances

  • Sax Open - 17th World Saxophone Congress (7/15)

  • NASA Biennial at University of Illinois (3/14)

  • NASA Regional Conference Host (3/13)

  • Soloist/Featured Paper at WSC in Scotland (Shrude premiere) (7/12)

  • Recitalist for NASA Biennial at ASU (3/12)

  • Soloist at the International Composition Festival in Thailand (7/10)

  • Recitalist at NASA Biennial in Athens, GA (3/10)

  • Recitalist at 15th World Saxophone Congress in Thailand (7/09)

  • Soloist at SEAMUS Convention in FT. Wayne, IN (4/09)

  • Soloist at SCI Convention in Atlanta, GA (2/08)

  • Recitalist at the Biennial National NASA Conference in Columbia, SC (4/08)

  • Soloist at ICMC Conference in New Orleans (10/06)

  • Soloist at Thailand International Saxophone Conference in Bangkok (11/04)

  • Soloist at the Third Practice Festival in Richmond, VA (10/04

  • Soloist at Ball State New Music Festival 34 in Muncie, IN (6/04)

  • Soloist (Smith) at NASA Biennial Conference in Greensboro, NC (4/04)

  • Featured soloist at 13th World Saxophone Congress (7/03)

  • Juried Presentation for Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic (12/02)

  • Juried Presentation foOMEA in Cincinnati (3/01)

  • Soloist at Biennial National NASA Conference in Denton, TX (3/02)

  • Recitalist at the 12th World Saxophone Congress in Montreal, Canada (7/00)

  • Soloist at the Biennial National NASA Conference in Tucson (3/00)

  • Soloist at the Biennial National NASA Conference in Evanston (3/98)

  • Recitalist at the 11th World Saxophone Conference in Valencia, Spain (9/97)

  • Recitalist at 6th Laboratory of Contemporary Music in Bialystok, Poland (11/93)

  • Soloist (Subotnick) with Orchestra Internazionale d'Italia for the l0th World Saxophone Congress in Pesaro, Italy (8/92)

Masterclasses and Adjudication

Dr. Sampen has presented over 125 master classes and workshops since 1992, including international clinics at the Amsterdam Conservatory (Holland), the Basil Musikhochschule (Switzerland), the Fermo Conservatory (Italy), the Paris Conservatory (France), the Jaroslava Jezka Conservatory (Prague, Czech), the Spendiarian Music School (Armenia), the Institut fur Neue Musik (Berlin, Germany), Ionian University (Corfu, Greece), the Cherubini Conservatory (Florence, Italy), Sichuan Conservatory (Chengdu, China), Shanghai Conservatory (China) and the Chopin Conservatory (Warsaw, Poland).

In America, Sampen has conducted master classes at the Boston Conservatory, the Eastman School, Northwestern University, Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Michigan, Indiana University, Pennsylvania State University, the United States Navy Band Symposium, Interlochen Arts Camp and many other important universities and conservatories. 


ADJUDICATION                                

  • Chair of the first NASA Composition Competition (2012)

  • Adjudicator for the NASA Biennial Quartet Competition (2010)

  • President of the Jury for the 1st Greek Saxophone Competition (2009)

  • Jury member for Londeix International Saxophone Competition in Thailand (2008)

  • Adjudicator for the MTNA Michigan Woodwind Competition in Lansing (2005)

  • Adjudicator for the Wm. Byrd Solo Competition in Flint, MI (2005)

  • Jury member for Yellow Springs International Chamber Competition (2004)

  • Jury member for Paris Conservatory Concours (2001)

  • Jury member for Crane School Contemporary Music Competition (1996)

  • International Jury Member for Concours Adolphe Sax in Dinant, Belgium) (1994)

  • National Saxophone Competition in Morgantown, WV (1994)

  • Chamber Music America Awards (NY,NY) 1994

  • MTNA Regional Competition (1993)

  • National Saxophone Competition (l992)

Read and Listen

  • “An Interview with John Sampen” 2006 publication for The Saxophone Journal

  • “A Short Lecture On Vibrato” Update Newsletter for North American Saxophone Alliance – Jan/Feb 2006

  • “MTNA Certification Examination” May 2002

  • “President’s Messages” NASA Update Newsletters – 1998-2001

  • “Londeix Dedication Article” in “Jean-Marie Londeix: Master of the Modern Saxophone” by Umble Roncorp, 2000

  • “Saxophone Concertos of Late 20th Century America" Saxophone Symposium, Winter 1994

  • “Saxophone Masterworks of Late 20th Century America" Saxophone Symposium, Fall 1993

  • “New Music Reviews” Saxophone Symposium, 1992-1993

  • “A Private Lesson with John Sampen” The Saxophone Journal, Sept/Oct 1992

  • “John Sampen” Feature article by Mary Natvig in The Saxophone Journal, Nov/Dec, 1992

  • “Saxophone” Band Guide Magazine, Sept/Oct, 1992


RECORDINGS (CD'S)                

  • "The Electric Saxophone II" - AMP Records (2014)

  • “Mantras” by Narong Prangcharoen – Albany Records (2011)

  • “Trope” by Marilyn Shrude – Centaur Records (2010)

  • “Soundings” by Samuel Adler - Naxos Records (2008)

  • “Mild Violence” by Steve Ricks - Bridge 9256 (2008)

  • “Sky Scrapings” by Donald Freund - AUR 3126 (2005)

  • “Equipoise” – Nova CDs (2005)

  • “Shadows and Dawning” – Albany Records (2002)

  • “Visions in Metaphor” – Albany Records (2001)

  • “Distant Visions” – Equilibrium records ((2001)

  • “Café Music” – Innova Records (2001)

  • “First Chairs” – Albany Records (1998)

  • “The Electric Saxophone” – Capstone Records (1997)

  • “The Contemporary Saxophone – Neuma Records (1992)

  • “New Music Virtuosi” – Capstone Records (1988)

Honors and Awards

  • Honorary Lifetime Member of North American Saxophone Alliance (2012)

  • Honorary Advisor for the Chengdu China Saxophone Association (2009)

  • Distinguished Member of SAI (2007)

  • Elected member of six-person Comite International de Saxophone (2000-2003)

  • Past President of the North American Saxophone Alliance (1998-2001)

  • BGSU Distinguished Artist Professor (1997)

  • Finalist for the BGSU Olscamp Award (1993)

  • Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Artist Award (1988)

  • Phi Mu Alpha Faculty Excellence Award (1988)

  • BGSU Faculty Excellence Award (1979)