Nathan Nabb Dissertation Examples

Swiss saxophone artist/pedagogue Marcus Weiss has a new book co-written with Giorgio Netti called "The Techniques of Saxophone Playing". Very comprehensive and very expensive, but it covers the issues you're interested in.

Here's a description of the text from Van Cott Information Services, a very good source for books and other materials regarding woodwinds:

The Techniques of Saxophone Playing by Marcus Weiss and Giorgio Netti. Baerenreiter, 2010, PB, 110 pages. From the publisher: " In the last few years several publications have been devoted to advanced playing techniques for wind instruments in contemporary music. Despite this, players have continued to request a more comprehensive resource with a better systematic approach, using practical examples from the repertoire." This is the result from saxophonist Marcus Weiss and composer Giorgio Netti. It covers microtones, altissimo, timbral fingerings, multiphonics, articulations, sound and embouchure, and other extended techniques. Musical examples of multiphonics and a variety of performance techniques are provided through an internet link The text is in German and English. "The book is an essential, practical performing tool for interpreters, teachers and composers."

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Saxophonist Nathan Nabb maintains an active and multifaceted performance career, with regular concerts as an orchestral performer, chamber musician and soloist, including numerous international engagements at music festivals and conservatories throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. As an orchestral musician, Nabb regularly performs with both the St. Louis Symphony and Houston Symphony and has also performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, New World Symphony, IRIS Chamber Orchestra and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Recent orchestral performance highlights include a 2012 European tour with the St. Louis Symphony, with concerts at the BBC Proms, Berlin Musikfest and Salle Pleyel, as well as concerto performances with the Houston Symphony.

Nabb is the soprano saxophonist in Oasis Quartet, an ensemble active nationally and internationally as recitalists, concerto soloists and clinicians. As supporters of contemporary music, Oasis has been a part of numerous commissions and premieres, but also present balanced programs with staples of the repertoire and artistic adaptations from other chamber music genres. In addition to orchestral and chamber settings, Nabb also makes regular appearances as a soloist and guest artist clinician. Recent guest artist solo recitals include performances throughout Asia and Europe, appearances at the World Saxophone Congress, North American Saxophone Alliance and the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, as well as prominent schools of music and saxophone studios throughout the United States. 

Nabb currently serves as Professor of Saxophone at Stephen F. Austin State University where he teaches saxophone and chamber music. Prior to moving to Texas, he taught at Morehead State University in Kentucky. Nabb’s students have won many competitions both in solo and chamber music settings and have been featured in performances and master classes at North American Saxophone Alliance regional and national conferences, as well as other local and regional clinics.

Nabb received his Doctor of Music and Master of Music degrees in saxophone performance from Northwestern University, where he studied with Dr. Frederick Hemke and was a two-time winner of the Northwestern University Chamber Music competition. His bachelor’s degree is from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he studied with Professor Debra Richtmeyer.

Nabb proudly endorses Vandoren and Selmer products and performs on Vandoren mouthpieces, ligatures and reeds and Selmer Paris Saxophones.


  • BM, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, 2002.
  • MM and DM, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2007.

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