Saxophonists at SDSU may:
- Pursue the following: Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Arts - Music Studies Specialization, Bachelor of Arts - Music Entrepreneurship Specialization, Music Minor.
- Participate in weekly private lessons with Dr. Yi Chen in addition to saxophone masterclasses.
- Perform in Chamber Ensembles.
- Perform in Jazz Ensembles and Jazz Combos.
- Perform in the Pride of the Dakotas and Pep Band.
- Perform in Wind Symphony and Concert Band.
About Dr. Yiqun Chen
Dr. Yiqun Chen currently serves as Instructor of Jazz Studies, Saxophone and Double Reeds at South Dakota State University. Additionally, Dr. Chen teaches an online Jazz Appreciation Course and coaches jazz combos and saxophone quartet. He received a BM from California State University Long Beach and an MAT from the University of Southern California. In May of 2016, Dr. Chen completed a DMA from the University of Iowa.
Dr. Chen is an active performer and educator with appearances in Japan, China, Belgium and Croatia. In 2006, Dr. Chen was a member of the Disneyland All-American College Band. He also performs regularly at both regional and national conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance.
Prior to joining the faculty at SDSU, Dr. Chen taught elementary and high school instrumental music in Los Angeles County, California.
For more information including auditions and scholarships, please contact Dr. Yi Chen or call the Music Department at 605-688-5187.