Associate Professor of Music Performance (Saxophone)
Dr. Nathan Bogert (He/Him/His) is Associate Professor of Saxophone at Ball State University. As a standout saxophonist of his generation, Dr. Bogert is in demand as a performer and clinician. His performances have taken him to venues on five continents as both a soloist and member of various ensembles. Dr. Bogert’s playing is described by Fanfare Magazine as “of the highest order” and Fanfare also praised him as “a master of his instrument.” Dr. Bogert’s musical endeavors as both a concert and jazz saxophonist have distinguished him as one of the more unique saxophonists of the younger generation.
As a soloist, Dr. Bogert has appeared with many orchestras and bands including the Banda de Conciertos de San José of Costa Rica and the top wind ensembles and orchestras at both Ball State University and the University of Iowa. Dr. Bogert is also an active recitalist, giving numerous recitals abroad with duo partner Dr. Michael Seregow. As a duo, Drs. Bogert and Seregow have given performances in Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, and throughout the United States. Nathan’s commitment to commissioning new compositions has enabled him to premiere compositions by composers Martin Bresnick, Karalyn Schubring, Aaron Perrine, Remy LeBoeuf, Kenji Bunch, Benjamin Fuhrman, and Ted King-Smith among others.
In 2007, Dr. Bogert was selected as the first ever overall winner of the Yamaha Young Performing Artists competition. In 2012 Dr. Bogert won first prizes in both the 2012 North American Saxophone Alliance classical solo competition and the 2012 Music Teachers National Association young artist competition held in New York City. In 2010, Dr. Bogert was awarded 2nd prize in the North American Saxophone Alliance quartet competition as the baritone saxophonist of the Axius Saxophone Quartet as well as 2nd prize in the classical solo competition. As a member of Axius, Dr. Bogert was also awarded 1st prize in the Music Teachers National Association national chamber music competition and a silver medal at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
Dr. Bogert’s primary saxophone teachers are Eugene Rousseau, Kenneth Tse, George Wolfe and Ron Jones. In addition to Dr. Bogert’s primary teachers, he has also taken part in additional studies with esteemed saxophonists such as Claude Delangle, Timothy McAllister, and Jean-Marie Londeix. Dr. Bogert’s passion for Black American
Music led him to pursue a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies and afforded him the opportunity to share the stage with artists like Ted Nash, Jimmy Greene, Marcus Printup, Andy Martin, Denis DiBlasio and the Carmen Bradford Big Band. With his band Groove Theory, Dr. Bogert has garnered praise from legendary jazz critic Scott Yanow who describes him as a “passionate” saxophonist who “mixes together elements of John Coltrane and Grover Washington Jr.”. Dr. Bogert is a Yamaha Performing Artist and Vandoren Diamond Artist and performs on Yamaha saxophones and Vandoren Equipment exclusively.