Renée Fabian began playing saxophone in the fourth grade, but it wasn’t until joining marching band in high school that she fell in love with the instrument and began playing flute and clarinet as well. In high school, Renée received many honors and awards for her saxophone playing; including being the first student from her high school ever selected for Pennsylvania’s All-State Band.
In 2004, Renée began her college career at West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her Bachelor of Music in Performance, Suma Cum Laude. While at West Chester University, Renée participated in many performing ensembles, including Principal Alto Saxophone and Tenor Saxophone in the Wind Ensemble, Chamber Winds, and Saxophone Quartets, Tenor Saxophone in the Criterions Jazz Band, Clarinet in Symphonic Band and Clarinet Choir and Flute with the Concert Band and Flute Ensemble. Participation in these ensembles led to performances in exciting venues such as the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and Chris’s Jazz Café in Philadelphia.
Upon completing college, Renée has had the opportunity to continue to pursue exciting musical opportunities. Renée maintains an active saxophone solo performing career, playing recitals in both her home state of Pennsylvania, as well as Maryland and Virginia, in the medium of classical saxophone, several times a year. Renée has also subbed and worked short term with different ensembles, including a saxophone quartet and a jazz band.
In addition to an active focus on performance, Renée is also active in the field of education. Renée has taught private lessons on saxophone, flute and clarinet for more than five years. Renée was recently appointed Band Director for Springboard After School, a non-profit organization bringing enrichment to students, including music. This year, Renée piloted the first band program for the organization in Maryland, and next year will help expand the program to at least three other schools and several instrumental ensembles in the Maryland/Washington D.C. area.
Renée’s primary teachers include Dr. Gregory Riley, and Mr. Norman Stull on Saxophone, Dr. Karen Dannessa and Mr. Norman Stull on clarinet and Dr. Kimberly Reighley on flute, with continued studies on saxophone with Dr. Connie Frigo.
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