University of Kansas - Professor of Saxophone
Artist's BiographyAs a performer of both classical and jazz styles on all of the saxophones, Vince Gnojek has performed in almost every conceivable musical setting. As a classical saxophone soloist he has appeared with orchestras and concert bands, and has been a solo recitalist in Singapore, Costa Rica, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and throughout the United States. Gnojek has performed in forty-two states and toured internationally as the alto saxophonist with the highly acclaimed Harvey Pittel Saxophone Quartet. As the saxophonist with the Kansas Woodwinds, a faculty chamber music ensemble in residence at the University of Kansas, he has performed nationally. He has also been a member of the Denver Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the Denver Chamber Orchestra, the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, and the Topeka Symphony Orchestra.
A versatile musician, Gnojek has been a free-lance musician in New York, Denver, and Kansas City, and has appeared with a variety of artists and entertainers. He has recorded compact discs on Mark Custom Recording with the Harvey Pittel Saxophone Quartet, on the ECM label as a member of Steve Reich's Contemporary Music Ensemble, as the alto saxophonist with the Kansas Woodwinds, and on the Sea Breeze label as the lead alto saxophonist with the Kansas City Boulevard Big Band.
As a clinician for the Selmer Company, Gnojek appears frequently at colleges and high schools throughout the United States. A dedicated educator, he has enjoyed serving as an adjudicator at jazz festivals and solo and ensemble contests in several states. His educational affiliations have included the University of Colorado, Boulder; Metropolitan State College, Denver; the University of Colorado, Denver; and Mannes College of Music in New York. He is currently Professor of Saxophone and Woodwind Division Director at the University of Kansas.