Assistant Professor of Saxophone & Clarinet
Matthew Amedio is the assistant professor of saxophone at the Greatbatch School of Music, Houghton College. In May of 2016, Matt graduated from the Eastman School of Music with his master’s degree in saxophone performance and literature, under the tutelage of Professor Chien-Kwan Lin. While working towards his master’s degree, he served as a graduate teaching assistant at Eastman coaching saxophone quartets, teaching lessons to non-majors, as well as teaching the saxophone methods course to music education majors. He previously attended Northwestern University for one year studying under Dr. Timothy McAllister. While at Northwestern, Matt was the principal saxophonist of the prestigious Northwestern University Wind Ensemble and soprano saxophonist of the Northwestern University Saxophone Ensemble. Prior to attending Northwestern, Matt earned a dual bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music in saxophone performance (under Professor Chien-Kwan Lin) and music education (under Professor Richard Grunow). During his undergraduate at Eastman, Matt performed with the Eastman Wind Ensemble and Eastman Symphony Orchestra as principal saxophonist, and was a founding member of the Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP), the first conductorless saxophone ensemble in the United States to perform completely from memory. Matt also earned the John Celentano Award for chamber music excellence as well as a Performer’s Certificate at Eastman, the highest distinctions awarded at the conservatory. Matt has performed throughout the United States, as well as in China, Canada, France, Germany, Salzburg, and the Czech Republic, in venues ranging from the stage of the Eastman theatre in Rochester, NY, to the Rudolphium in Prague, Czech Republic.
As a dedicated chamber musician, Matt currently holds the alto saxophone chair in Project Fusion and the tenor saxophone chair in the East End Saxophone Quartet. As a member of Project Fusion, Matt won consecutive top prizes in the Fischoff, Plowman, Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Coleman, Arriaga, and North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) competitions. In 2015 Project Fusion was selected as a winner of Astral Artists national auditions, and as a result has been very active as both recitalists and clinicians in the Philadelphia area. Performing as the tenor saxophonist in the East End Quartet, Matt has won 1st prize in the Music Teachers National Association Competition (MTNA) as well as the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition, becoming only the second saxophone quartet to secure this coveted prize in the competition’s 30-year history. Always striving to enrich community life, East End has performed numerous recitals and outreach concerts throughout the Northeast, and has a debut album set to release in the Fall of 2016.
In 2012 Matt was named the 1st prize winner in Vandoren’s Emerging Artist Competition, which resulted in his Paris debut. Most recently his international travels have brought him to China, where he was a featured soloist with the Eastman Saxophone Project. While on a two-week tour with the ensemble, he performed Jonathan Russell’s “Double Concerto for two bass clarinets” alongside studio mate Jon Wintringham in Shanghai, Beijing, Jinan, and Ningbo. Stateside, Matt has been seen performing with the New World Symphony in Miami, FL, under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, and performing in masterclasses throughout the country being led by Claude Delangle, Vincent David, Timothy McAllister, Lynn Klock, Carrie Koffman, Chien-Kwan Lin, and the XASAX saxophone quartet.
A proponent of new music, Matt has performed with Eastman’s new music ensemble, OSSIA, and has played on several concert series throughout the greater city of Rochester presented by Sound ExChange, Washington Square Concert Series, and the RESTisNOISE. Always looking to expand the repertoire of the saxophone, Matt has premiered works by composers such as David Maslanka, Jonathan Russell, Graham Lynch, Robert Morris, Samuel Adler, Bill Cunliffe, Kyle Quarles, Dave Deason, Chris Castro, and Stratis Minakakis.
My Master’s thesis was on William Albright’s Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano. It covered his personal life, inspirations for this particular piece, and his connection to older musical styles used throughout.
- Saxophone pedagogy and history
The saxophone is a young instrument, so one of the most exciting aspects of being a saxophonist is having our repertoire updated almost daily by new composers with fresh compositions!
Some of my favorite works have been written within the past 20-30 years, if not more recently, which is unique in this field!
Below are some of my favorite works which I’ve performed:
- Distances Within Me (1979), John Anthony Lennon
- Sonata for Alto Saxophone & Piano (1984), William Albright
- Streetlegal (1984), Roshanne Etezady
- Sonata for Alto Saxophone & Piano (1988), David Maslanka
- Tango Virtuoso (1991), Thierry Escaich
- Songs for the Coming Day (2012), David Maslanka
- In Memorium (2014), Joel Love
- Chasing, Yearning (2020), Logan Rutledge
Honors and Awards
- Chamber Music Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition – 1st Prize, 2015
- MTNA Chamber Music Competition – 1st Prize, 2015
- Astral Artists National Audition Winner, 2015
- NASA (North American Saxophone Alliance) Saxophone Quartet Competition – 2nd Prize, 2014
- Fischoff Chamber Music Competition – Gold Medal, 2014
- Plowman Chamber Music Competition – Grand Prize, 2014
- MTNA Chamber Music Competition-1st Prize, 2014
- Vandoren Emerging Artist Winner, 2012
- Coleman Chamber Music Competition – Coleman-Saunderson Prize, 2012
- Performer’s Certificate – Eastman School of Music, 2011
Courses & Ensembles Taught
I teach Saxophone & Clarinet at the Greatbatch School of Music.
I’m a member of the Houghton symphony orchestra and Houghton Wind Ensemble and frequently work with students from these two performing ensembles.
I also lead the Houghton College Saxophone Quartet.