Artist's BiographyCarrie Koffman teaches on the faculty of The Hartt School at the University of Hartford. Prior to this, she held positions as Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Penn State University, Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of New Mexico, and taught at Boston University.
Performances have included the World Saxophone Congresses in St Andrews, Scotland, Bangkok, Thailand, and Minnesota; the Faenza International Saxophone Festival in Italy; a tour throughout New Zealand; the Xi\'an International Clarinet and Saxophone Festival in China; the Pine Mountain Music Festival in Michigan; the Virginia Arts Festival; the International Viola Congress; several North American Saxophone Alliance National Conventions; and the International Double Reed Convention in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Koffman has been a featured soloist with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Centre Chamber Orchestra, the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hartt Symphony Orchestra, the Hartt Wind Ensemble, the PSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the UNM Wind Symphony, and the Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble while touring Europe. Among her ensemble performing credits are appearances with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Sequitur in New York City, the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra, and the Santa Fe Symphony. She performs in a contemporary chamber music duo, The Irrelevants, with violist Tim Deighton. Their â€œexcellent playingâ€ of several new works in a recent New York recital was noted in The Strad. Additionally, she appears frequently as a soloist, chamber musician, and clinician.
Committed to new music, commissions and premieres include over 45 compositions including works by Tanya Anisimova, Lera Auerbach, Susan Botti, Chen Yi, Michael Colgrass, Halim El-Dabh, John Duffy, Mark Kuss, Stephen Michael Gryc, Jennifer Higdon, Libby Larsen, David Macbride, Michael Mauldin, Hilary Tann, Joseph Turrin, Gunther Schuller, Christopher Schultis, James Sellars, Ken Steen, Augusta Read Thomas, and William Wood.
Recent recording projects include the CD\'s Carillon Sky, Dialogues and Dragon Rhyme. One review in Fanfare Magazine calls her playing â€œsuave, subtly nuanced, and technically secure in its every gesture,â€ while another refers to her â€œmelting tone and touching sensitivity.â€ She also has an ongoing recording and performing series entitled \"Pink Ink\" that is dedicated to promoting the music of living women composers.
Koffman\'s saxophone students have placed in over 75 different performance competitions. She also formerly taught saxophone for the All-State Program at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and was the Director of Bands at Belleville South Middle School in Belleville, Michigan. Koffman is a graduate with high honors from the University of Michigan where she studied with Donald Sinta, and the University of North Texas where she studied with James Riggs and Eric Nestler.
Koffman is also a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher and teaches Yoga for Performers at The Hartt School.