"The consistency of Légère's Signature reeds - both from reed to reed and from day to day, regardless of weather, climate or travel - is an amazing achievement , but even more important is how the reeds alllow me to produce the color and depth of sound I strive for in all registers, all dynamics, all styles of music. Légère's quality and consistency give me so much additional time and freedom to focus on making music with confidence that my musical ideas will come across successfully." - Ian Jeffress
Saxophonist Ian Jeffress joined the faculty of the School of Music at Western Carolina University in 2007, where he teaches saxophone and chamber music, directs the School’s contemporary chamber ensemble, and teaches courses in music theory and musicianship.
Additionally, Ian is the alto saxophonist of the award-winning Assembly Quartet, and serves as saxophonist with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. He has been a finalist in the MTNA Young Artist competition and a semifinalist in the Fischoff Chamber Music competition, and has performed at venues including the World Saxophone Congress, the International Saxophone Symposium, and numerous meetings of the North American Saxophone Alliance, in addition to giving recitals and clinics throughout the United States and in the UK. As a teacher dedicated to providing outstanding early training in addition to collegiate study, Ian is a co-founder and faculty member of the Carolina Saxophone Camp, and maintains an active private studio of secondary school saxophonists.
Ian is a dedicated proponent of the music of our time: his doctoral research focused on the application of narrative theory to post-tonal music, and he has been consistently involved in commissioning and premiering new music for the instrument, including works by James Matheson, Jacob ter Veldhuis, Simon Fink, Shawn Allison, and Andrew Hannon.
Prior to his appointment at Western Carolina, Ian served on the faculties of Allen University and the Palmetto Center for the Arts. His principal teachers have included Clifford Leaman, Steven Mauk, and Connie Frigo, and he has participated in masterclasses with renowned saxophonists including Arno Bornkamp, Aleksey Volkov, and the Zagreb Saxophone Quartet.