Described as “an elegant player with a beautiful tone”, Dr. Brian Kauth is an active performer and teacher of the saxophone in the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas. He is associate principal saxophonist with the New York Wind Symphony, on-call saxophonist with the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, lead alto saxophonist of the Swing Shift Orchestra, baritone saxophonist with the Big Blue Big Band, soprano saxophonist with the Hudson Valley Saxophone Orchestra, and alto saxophonist with the Resonance Saxophone Orchestra, in addition to being a regular performer at conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance and the International Navy Band Saxophone Symposium.
A proponent of new music, Dr. Kauth has worked with several composers to contribute to the saxophone repertoire, premiering works by Michael Bies, Brandon Nelson, Jamie Leigh Sampson, Marc Satterwhite, Andrew Martin Smith, and James Willey.
Dr. Kauth is equally at home researching and teaching. He maintains a private studio in the Hudson Valley region, teaching a wide range of students. His research into the saxophone concerto of Roman Palester has led to an increased interest in this long-forgotten work, culminating in his doctoral dissertation and his premiere performance of the original version at SMR 100: The Sigurd M. Raschèr Centennial Celebration held at SUNY Fredonia. Additionally, his scholarly articles have been published in Saxophone Today, The Saxophone Symposium, and The Saxophonist.
Dr. Kauth studied saxophone with Lawrence Gwozdz, Wildy Zumwalt, and Laurence Wyman, and received additional instruction from Carina Raschèr, Jean-Marie Londeix, and the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, earning degrees from The University of Southern Mississippi and The State University of New York at Fredonia. He may be heard on the Sax-Chamber Orchestra’s recording, Parabolically Bach, available on Roméo Records. Dr. Kauth is a member of the Silverstein Pro Team, and uses Silverstein ligatures.