Professor of Music, Saxophone
John Bleuel serves as Professor of Music at the University of West Georgia, where he teaches saxophone, conducting, ear training, and conducts the University of West Georgia Saxophone Ensemble. He also serves as director of the University of West Georgia Saxophone Symposium. As a Fulbright Lecturer in Taiwan he served as resident guest conductor of the Taipei National University of the Arts Wind Ensemble and visiting artist/lecturer at National Chengchi University during the fall 2008 semester. He earned a DMA in saxophone performance from the University of Georgia, MM in instrumental conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and BM in saxophone performance from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. His principal teachers were Kenneth Fischer (saxophone) and Thomas Dvorak (conducting).
He has performed on the Bridge New Music Series at Lincoln Center; the Eleventh, Twelfth, and Thirteenth World Saxophone Congresses; international, national, and regional meetings of the College Music Society; national and regional meetings of the North American Saxophone Alliance; and the Festival of Women Composers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
With pianist Linda Li-Bleuel he has recorded for Arizona University Recordings and ACA Digital. They presented the world premiere of Lucie Robert's 10 + 1 for solo piano and large saxophone ensemble with the University of West Georgia Saxophone Ensemble at the 2010 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Meeting.
He has served on the faculties of the Britt Institute's Siskiyou Saxophone Workshop in Oregon and the University of Georgia Saxophone Workshop, and has been guest professor at three music schools in China: Shanxxi Normal University (conducting), the Central Conservatory of Beijing (saxophone), and the Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu (saxophone). He has contributed teacher resource guides to three volumes of GIA Publications' Teaching Music through Performance in Band series, has written articles for the Yamaha Educator Series and the North American Saxophone Alliance Update, and has several arrangements for saxophone ensemble published by Dorn Publications. John Bleuel is a Yamaha Performing Artist.