Nathan Bogert, a doctoral candidate in music performance and a saxophone student of Dr. Kenneth Tse, has won the coveted first prize in Music Teachers National Association’s Young Artist Performance National Competition which took place in New York City on Saturday, March 24.
Moreover, the Harmonia Saxophone Quartet, members include Bogert, Kaelah Caldwell (MA). John Hallberg (MA) and James Skretta (DMA), is also one of six finalists in the MTNA Chamber Music Competition after being the winner at the state and division levels.
The previous week Bogert also won the first prize (out of the initial 89 contestants) in the prestigious North American Saxophone Alliance’s National Solo Saxophone Competition in Tempe, Arizona, marking the historic, second consecutive conference win for the University of Iowa saxophone studio. For both successes, Bogert was given cash and other prizes and performed in a winner’s concert. Bogert is currently a teaching assistant in the jazz area and was a member of the Axius Saxophone Quartet which also won several top national prizes in 2011 including the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition.