the newest member of the New Century Saxophone Quartet, Connie Frigo,
originally from Endicott, NY, brings forward an eclectic array of performing
and teaching experience. While a college junior, she accepted a position
with the premiere U.S. Navy Band, Washington D.C., earning her the distinction
for three years of being the youngest member of the band. During the six
years she spent in the band, she also taught at the Levine School of Music,
where she conceived of, founded, and directed for three years the Levine
School annual summer saxophone camp. In the spring of 2004 she was the
Visiting Professor of Saxophone at Ithaca College, and has also served
on the faculty at the University of South Carolina.
As a Fulbright scholar to the Netherlands, Connie was one of the first
American saxophonists to study full-time with world-renowned saxophonist
Arno Bornkamp. She has since maintained collaborations with Dutch composers
to promote their music in the U.S., and frequently lectures on the boom
box music of Jacob ter Veldhuis.
Equally dedicated to performing both as a soloist and a chamber musician,
Connie has presented solo concerts in numerous cities throughout the U.S.,
as well as in Paris, France. In collaboration with pianist Rebecca Grausuam,
a native of Grand Rapids, MI, the Frigo/Grausam Duo formed in 2003 with
a special interest in contemporary music. Connie also tours regularly
with the New Sousa Band, and, in 1997 and 2000, was the tenor saxophonist
in two prize-winning quartets at the prestigious international Fischoff
Chamber Music Competition.
An avid supporter of new music, Connie’s doctoral thesis focuses
upon the commissioning process of new works. Her research will result
in a comprehensive guide that describes the importance of fostering a
strong performer/composer relationship, as well as describes how aspiring
chamber groups can become eligible for the many commissioning and performing
arts grants that exist.
Her performance degrees are from Ithaca College, the University of Illinois,
and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. She plans on completing the Doctor
of Musical Arts degree in 2005 from the University of South Carolina,
where she served as Dr. Clifford Leaman‘s teaching assistant. Her
other teachers include Steven Mauk, Debra Richtmeyer, and Arno Bornkamp,
In her spare time, wherever she may be, you can likely find Connie in
search of character-filled coffee shops and hole-in-the wall ethnic restaurants.