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School of the Arts Departments of Music, Theatre, and Dance 1779 Campus Delivery Fort Collins, CO 80523-1779
For Immediate Release September 9, 2007 Contact: Jennifer Clary, Marketing and Publicity Coordinator, Department of Music 970-491-3603, Virtuoso Series Concert featuring Guest Artist Scott Turpen on Saxophone Fort Collins, CO – The Virtuoso Series at Colorado State University continues with Guest Artist Scott Turpen, saxophone, presenting an evening of contemporary classical saxophone music. The concert takes place on Wednesday, September 26th, 7:30 p.m. at the University Center for the Arts, Griffin Concert Hall at 1400 Remington St. in Fort Collins. Scott Turpen, saxophonist with Theresa Bogard, pianist, both from the University of Wyoming, perform inspiring contemporary classical saxophone music from their recording project, Tableaux. The recently released CD features sonatas influenced by the jazz and classical realms for alto or soprano saxophone by Bill Dobbins, Phil Woods and Jinrich Feld. The pieces represent a diverse collection of substantial repertoire for the saxophone in the 20th century, illustrating the variety and breadth of the saxophone repertoire. The music demonstrates the saxophone as a lyric instrument in the French work, and highlighting the adventurous nature of the instrument through American and Czech pieces. “These compositions are standard repertoire for the instrument and it is important to have these works recorded so that future generations may have a better understanding of music for saxophone in the 20th century,” says Turpen. Tickets are $5 for CSU students and $15 for the general public; ticket price includes campus box office service charges. Tickets can be purchased by calling 970-491-4TIX or at Visa and MasterCard accepted. Performances are popular and advance purchase is highly recommended. About Scott Turpen Dr. J. Scott Turpen is the Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Professor of Music- Saxophone at the University of Wyoming. Originally from Nampa, Idaho, he earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Boise State University. At the University of Georgia he completed his Master of Music degree in Woodwind Performance and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance. His primary teachers have included Kenneth Fischer and Ritchard Maynard. In 2004 Scott Turpen received the Jack P. Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award from the University of Wyoming and a Performing Arts Fellowship from the Wyoming Arts Council. In demand as a performer and clinician of jazz and classical music, Dr. Turpen has performed throughout the United States and Europe. He has performed as a guest soloist at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and at several national and regional meetings of the North American Saxophone Alliance. In addition, Dr. Turpen represented the United States when he performed at the XI, XII, and XIII World Saxophone Congresses held in Valencia, Spain, Montreal, Canada, and Minneapolis, Minnesota respectively. His prior orchestral experience includes the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Macon Symphony Orchestra, the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, and the Augusta Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Turpen has recorded music for the television series National Geographic Explorer and has performed and taught clinics at several music events including The Gene Harris Jazz Festival, The Siskiyou Saxophone Workshop, the Wyoming Music Educator’s Conference, the Georgia Music Educator's Association Conference, and the Georgia Governor's Honor Program. In 2001 he performed Alexander Glazounov's Concerto with the Macon Symphony under the direction of Adrian Gnam. Dr. Turpen has served on the Executive Board for the Georgia Association of Jazz Educators and is currently serving as the editor of the NASA Update for the North American Saxophone Alliance. His first classical saxophone CD entitled Tableaux was released in 2003. Scott Turpen is a Yamaha Performing Artist. About the School of the Arts The School of the Arts at Colorado State University provides an enriched venue in which the study and practice of Art, Dance, Music and Theatre are nurtured and sustained by building the skills and knowledge needed by future generations of arts professionals to become contributors to the essential vitality of our culture and society. For more information, visit or contact the Department of Music at (970) 491-5529. Are you on the CSU School of the Arts e-mail newsletter list? Sign up to receive information on upcoming events and performances at