The School of Music at Georgia State University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jack Thorpe as the Artist Affiliate of saxophone. A distinguished alumnus, Thorpe brings a wealth of talent, experience, and passion to his new role.
Based in Atlanta, Jack Thorpe has made a significant impact on the music scene as a versatile and accomplished saxophonist. With his appointment as the Artist Affiliate of saxophone at Georgia State University, Thorpe further solidifies his position as a leading figure in the Atlanta area.
Thorpe's remarkable achievements as a concerto soloist include captivating performances with esteemed orchestras such as the Georgia State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Stephen F. Austin State University Symphonic Orchestra, and the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra. He has consistently impressed audiences with his virtuosic saxophone skills and remarkable musicality. Notably, Jack Thorpe is a key member of the acclaimed Versa Quartet, an ensemble that earned top honors at the 2020 North American Saxophone Alliance's Quartet Competition. Together, they performed William Bolcom's Concerto Grosso for saxophone quartet and wind band with the University of Illinois Wind Symphony. In addition, Thorpe co-founded the Snow Pond Saxophone Quartet, which gained international recognition while touring Japan alongside esteemed soloist Masato Kumoi. The quartet also embarked on a successful tour of the southeastern United States in 2019.
Demonstrating his commitment to championing underrepresented voices in classical music, Thorpe was awarded the prestigious University of Illinois Presser Graduate Award in March 2022. With this honor, he has initiated a project to commission six composers from traditionally marginalized communities to create solo and electroacoustic works for saxophone. Through this initiative, Thorpe aims to foster diversity and innovation within the classical music realm. Thorpe's dedication to collaborating with composers extends to his work as a chamber musician. His saxophone duo, Vex, has premiered groundbreaking compositions by acclaimed artists such as Emily Koh, Yaz Lancaster, and Anthony R. Green.
Jack Thorpe holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in saxophone performance and literature from the University of Illinois. He also earned a Master of Music in saxophone performance from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Bachelor of Music in saxophone performance from Georgia State University, where he was honored with the prestigious Presser Undergraduate Scholar Award. Thorpe received invaluable mentorship from renowned saxophonists Debra Richtmeyer, Jan Berry Baker, and Nathan Nabb, and also studied under the esteemed Frederick L. Hemke.
"We are thrilled to welcome Jack Thorpe back to Georgia State University as our Artist Affiliate of saxophone," said Dr. Chester Phillips, Director of the School of Music. "His outstanding achievements, dedication to artistic collaboration, and commitment to promoting diverse voices align perfectly with our institution's values. We are confident that Jack will inspire and mentor our students while contributing to the vibrant musical community at Georgia State University."
As Artist Affiliate, Dr. Jack Thorpe will play a vital role in shaping the future of saxophone performance and education at Georgia State. The School of Music eagerly anticipates the incredible contributions he will make to the program.
About Georgia State University School of Music The School of Music at Georgia State University is dedicated to fostering creativity, excellence, and innovation in music education, performance, and research. With a distinguished faculty and a comprehensive range of programs, the School of Music provides exceptional training and mentorship to its students, preparing them for successful careers in the music industry.