Saxophonist, Professor, Performer
“For the longest time in my musical career, I had been searching for a set up that would sound and feel the same in my performance and practice. That search ended when I came across Légère. With Légère reeds, I wake up every day knowing exactly how I am going to sound and therefore get the most out of my own practice. I never would have thought I would end up playing on these reeds, but they are without a doubt absolutely AMAZING!” - Mike
Mike Korson currently holds the position of Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at Richland College in Dallas, Texas while teaching additionally in the McKinney, Prosper, and Richardson Independent School Districts.
He recently graduated from Texas Christian University with a Masters Degree in Saxophone Performance where he was the lead alto saxophonist in the TCU Jazz Ensemble, soprano saxophonist in the graduate saxophone quartet, and also performed with the TCU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Symphony. During his studies at TCU, he was a student of Professor Joe Eckert and served as the graduate assistant in jazz studies.
As a studio teacher, Mr. Korson maintains a heavy private teaching schedule across the North Texas region. Under his instruction, many of his students have earned placement in the Texas All-Region, All-Area and All-State bands. In 2015, he formed and conducted the inaugural McKinney Saxophone Ensemble.
He has had the opportunity to perform across North and South America in venues such as: Washington, D.C.; Havana, Cuba; Buenos Aires and Rosario, Argentina; and New York City, New York. He has also had the privilege of sharing the stage with Randy Brecker, Shelly Carroll, Mario Cruz, Alex Iles, Tim Ishii, Stephen Jones, Brad Leali, Tom ‘Bones’ Malone, Jim Snidero, Chris Vadala, and many others.
He made his orchestral debut in 2010 with the TCU Symphony Orchestra performing Alexandre Glazunov’s Concerto for Saxophone as the winner of their annual concerto competition. He appeared with the orchestra again in 2014, performing Henri Tomasi’s Concerto for Saxophone. In 2012, Mr. Korson was selected as one of the top forty collegiate saxophonists in the world to compete in the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition (ISSAC). As a freelance musician, he frequently performs throughout the North Texas region in ensembles such as the Allen Philharmonic, Dallas Civic Wind Ensemble, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Irving Symphony Orchestra and Plano Symphony. He is also the tenor saxophonist in the Metroplex Saxophone Quartet.
Mr. Korson is an endorsing artist for Légère Reeds and plays on Yamaha Saxophones.