Teaches Saxophone, Jazz Improvisation, Clarinet, Flute
MM in Saxophone Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatroy of Music, BM in Music Performance from Indiana University Fort Wayne, BS in Music Technology from Indiana University Fort Wayne
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Saxophone Studio at the University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music, Private Saxophone Instructor at LaSalle High School (Cincinnati, OH), Private Saxophone Instructor at Carroll High School (Fort Wayne, IN), Private Saxophone Instructor at Conser Music (Fort Wayne, IN)
Classical, Jazz, R&B, Pop
Saxophone, Jazz Improvisation, Clarinet, Flute
Evan Gidley boasts an impressive resume as a bandleader, composer, and woodwind artist fluent in both classical and jazz performance. He has performed at a number of the United States’ most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall and Jazz at the Lincoln Center. As a soloist, Evan has appeared with the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra, Indiana University Fort Wayne Community Orchestra, and the University of Cincinnati Chamber Players, performing Darius Milhaud's' La creation du monde. Evan is a member of the award-winning Rhine Saxophone Quartet, a group that won the 2017 Ohio Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition and was selected as a semifinalist in the 2018 North American Saxophone Alliance Conference Saxophone Quartet Competition. In addition, he formed the Evan Gidley Quartet in 2015, a group that maintains an active performance schedule in Fort Wayne, IN. In 2015 and 2017, Evan was a selected member of the Kappa Kappa Psi/Tau Beta Sigma National Intercollegiate Band, and he appeared in Music for All’s Honor Band of America in 2012. He was previously selected to partake in the American Saxophone Academy, a week-long event limited to 40 of the nation's best collegiate concert saxophonists. In addition to Evan’s current work as a freelance jazz, classical, and pit orchestra musician throughout the states of Ohio and Indiana, he serves as a private woodwind instructor for students grades 5-12. Evan’s students have earned Gold ratings at Indiana’s District and State Solo and Ensemble contests and have been selected to perform in regional honor bands. Evan holds a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from Indiana University Fort Wayne. His previous teachers include James Bunte, Rick VanMatre, Nathan Nabb, Farrell Vernon, and James Ator.