Kevin Gorman holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University and a Master of Music degree in saxophone performance from Northwestern University. Additionally, he earned a Master of Arts degree in music history and literature and a Bachelor of Music degree in saxophone performance from ASU, where he has also served as a faculty associate in saxophone and chamber music. His teachers include Joseph Wytko, Frederick Hemke, Eugene Rousseau, Donald Sinta, and George Wolfe. A repeated winner in the prestigious Monterey Bay and Coleman chamber music competitions, Dr. Gorman has performed as orchestral saxophonist with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, the Sun City Symphony, the Mesa Symphony, the Sierra Vista Symphony, the ASU Symphony Orchestra, the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, and the West Valley Symphony, in addition to guest soloist appearances with the Sonoran Desert Chorale and the Sierra Winds Woodwind Quintet. His playing can be heard on seven compact discs on the Summit Records and TimeGrabber Digital labels, and he is the featured alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone soloist on the companion discs to the internationally released Standard of Excellence: Festival Solos series (Book 2). For well over a decade, he has performed across the United States as baritone and tenor saxophonist with the Joseph Wytko Saxophone Quartet -- a critically acclaimed ensemble that was selected for broadcast on National Public Radio's Performance Today, among many other accolades. Dr. Gorman has served as the instructor of saxophone at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and several schools in the Phoenix Metro area, including Grand Canyon University and Southwestern College.Weekly one-hour or 30-minute lessons feature a complement of scales and scale patterns, technical and expressive etudes, and both transcriptions and original literature for the instrument. Emphasis is on the alto saxophone, for which most saxophone literature is composed. However, students of the soprano, tenor, or baritone saxophones will receive specialized study, with lessons focused on the specifics of their instrument. Jazz instruction (swing, latin, rock, etc.) emphasizes style by means of articulation, inflection, and interpretation, gained through careful listening and imitation. Lessons are typically structured and paced to prepare students for eventual entry into college-level study in saxophone. However, serious beginners, including adults, are encouraged to inquire about lesson availability as well. High school aged students most often audition for Arizona Regional, Solo and Ensemble, and All-State Festivals. In the past, advanced private students of Dr. Gorman have performed for visiting saxophone masters such as Frederick Hemke and Eugene Rousseau. Saxophone studio recitals are offered in the fall and spring, providing both solo and chamber music performance opportunities for all. Teaching locations service the east valley in the Ahwatukee/Chandler area and the downtown Phoenix arts district.
Pecos Road & 24th Street
Beginner thru Advanced
Classical, Ensemble, Jazz, Music Theory
Chandler, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe
2156 E. Liberty Lane
Phoenix, AZ, 85048
(602) 300-2361 (h), (602) 300-2361 (c), (602) 300-2361 (w)