Saxophonist | Performer | Educator
Saxophonist | Performer | Educator
Myles Boothroyd is a performing artist dedicated to promoting the versatility of the saxophone and its relevance to music both new and old. Comfortably “at home in [the] classical and jazz realm” (Grand Traverse Insider), Boothroyd maintains a commitment to diverse programming as a soloist and chamber musician. He is the alto saxophonist for East End Quartet, an award-winning ensemble founded at the Eastman School of Music. Known for performing concerts entirely from memory, the quartet has presented lecture-recitals on music from abroad and introduced international arrangements of Baroque repertoire into the American mainstream. East End is rapidly gaining recognition for arranging works previously unpublished for saxophone quartet, and its members have collectively commissioned over twenty works by composers including Michael Djupstrom, Steven Bryant, and Samuel Adler. Most recently, the ensemble took first prize in the 30th Annual Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition (2015).
Boothroyd’s work as a soloist and chamber musician has garnered him numerous accolades and awards across the United States. He won the 2014-15 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist and Chamber Competitions, earned first prize in the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Collegiate Solo Competition, and took second place in the 2014 Vandoren Emerging Artist Classical Saxophone Competition. The previous year, he was named the second-place national winner in the MTNA Young Artist Competition in Anaheim. Boothroyd has won the Central Michigan University (CMU) Patricia Nixon Woodwind Memorial Scholarship Competition (2011) along with the first annual CMU Delta Omicron Young Artist Competition (2010).
Boothroyd is rapidly becoming a sought-after artist, clinician, and educator in the classical and jazz communities. He has performed as guest soloist with Encore Winds in Traverse City, Michigan, offering eclectic programming that places jazz standards alongside classical saxophone concerti. In 2014, Boothroyd was invited to Frankenmuth, Michigan, to present clinics for young musicians, culminating in a community concert in which he played as featured soloist with a local jazz combo. More recently, East End Quartet was a guest artist at Central Michigan University, presenting a lecture-concert to kick off the school’s 2015 “Saxophone Day” for high school and college musicians.
Along with maintaining an active performing career, Boothroyd distinguishes himself as both a musician and scholar. He is a Presser Scholar and National Merit Finalist who has shared original research at conferences in Cincinnati, Lansing, Honolulu, Chicago, and Montreal. In April 2012, Boothroyd was recognized for the Best Student Paper Presentation at the College Music Society Great Lakes Chapter Conference in Chicago. He has published original research on Miles Davis and the inception of modal jazz, exploring the influence of composer George Russell on Davis’s Kind of Blue album. Today, Boothroyd works as assistant editor for The Saxophone Symposium, a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal of saxophone literature, performance, and pedagogy.
Boothroyd currently teaches as Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at Roberts Wesleyan College. He is also a graduate teaching assistant at the Eastman School of Music, where he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (Saxophone Performance and Literature) and a Master of Arts degree (Music Theory Pedagogy). He holds a Master’s degree in Saxophone Performance and Literature from the Eastman School. Boothroyd is a recipient of the Eastman Arts Leadership Certificate and coveted Eastman Performer’s Certificate; he also maintains two private studios in Rochester, New York. He currently works as an outreach coordinator for the Eastman organ department, a role in which he oversees event planning and marketing efforts throughout Rochester. He is responsible for organizing and publicizing a variety of performance series, including weekly concerts that bring free organ music to the surrounding community. Boothroyd holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, with minors in Instrumental Music and Secondary Mathematics Education, from Central Michigan University.
November 29, 2017
Eastman School of Music
The Eastman Saxophone Project performs its fall concert as we gear up for the holiday season! Works by Mussorgsky, Wiedoeft, Ewazen, and Sekhon. Visit the official ESP Facebook page for a livestream link and the latest updates.
February 17, 2018
St. Peter's Church
East End Quartet performs.
April 13, 2018
Eastman School of Music
Spring concert by the renowned Eastman Saxophone Project. Repertoire and further details to be announced. Visit the official ESP Facebook page for a livestream link and the latest updates.
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Formed in 2014 among graduate students at the Eastman School of Music, East End Quartet presents concerts described as “deep and powerful, sweet and high, fast and madcap” (SILive). East End is rapidly gaining recognition for its unique approach to programming, which features close collaboration with composers, in-house arrangements, and an eclectic range of their own transcriptions. Collectively, the ensemble has premiered over forty works by prominent composers including Michael Djupstrom, Ken Thomson, Samuel Adler, Ted Goldman, Steven Bryant, Robert Morris, Izumi Matsumoto, and Yukiko Yoshino. Its members have performed in Austria, the Czech Republic, England, France, Italy, Japan, and Mexico, and East End was featured in the award- winning Staten Island chamber music series, Serenade, in November 2014. More recently, they performed as guest artists for the 2015 Central Michigan University Saxophone Day.
In 2015, East End took first prize at both the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) National Chamber Music Competition and the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition. Collectively, the members of East End have garnered top prizes from numerous national and international competitions, including the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Collegiate Solo and Chamber Competitions, and the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition. East End Quartet has also received the Eastman School of Music’s Celentano Award for Excellence in Chamber Music.
Drawing inspiration from their leadership roles in the groundbreaking Eastman Saxophone Project (ESP), East End frequently performs from memory. Their approach engenders a close connection to the music they present while facilitating a deeper level of communication with the audience. As firm believers in offering a balanced concert experience, they work collaboratively to arrange repertoire conceived for a variety of instrumentations. By programming pieces from wide-ranging historical eras, East End provides concerts that are eclectic, engaging, and representative of diverse musical styles. Their debut album is set to release in 2017.
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