About Evan Gidley
Get to know Evan Gidley
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, Purdue University Fort Wayne Community Orchestra, and the University of Cincinnati Chamber Players, performing Darius Milhaud's' La creation du monde.
As a freelance jazz, classical, and pit orchestra musician, Evan can be heard performing throughout the Midwest as both a sideman and as leader of the Evan Gidley Quartet, a group he formed in 2015. In addition to his active performance career, Evan serves as a private woodwind instructor for students grades 5-12. His 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.
Currently, Evan serves as Visiting Instructor of Saxophone/Jazz Studies at Purdue University Fort Wayne. He has presented saxophone masterclasses at The Ohio State University, Purdue University Fort Wayne, and Capital University, among others.
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-Purdue University Fort Wayne. His previous teachers include James Bunte, Rick VanMatre, Nathan Nabb, Farrell Vernon, and James Ator.