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JASON T. LACZKOSKI

EDUCATOR, SAXOPHONIST,
&
CONDUCTOR

 

About

Described by Eugene Rousseau as, “a talented saxophonist,” Jason T. Laczkoski is an experienced educator, saxophonist, and conductor.  Jason has presented numerous solo and chamber recitals throughout the United States, performances at North American Saxophone Alliance conferences and the International Navy Saxophone Symposium, and appearances with collegiate and high school orchestras. 

 

Jason is an active clinician.  He has given masterclasses at numerous colleges and universities and has been an invited adjudicator in Pennsylvania, Kansas, Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota.  Jason has presented clinics at both the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association all state conference and Kansas Music Educators Association all state conference, as well as the South Dakota Bandmaster’s conference. 

 

Jason studied saxophone with Dr. Joseph Murphy at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.  While completing a bachelor’s degree in music, with a minor in education, Jason won both the annual Mansfield University concerto competition and the Pennsylvania MTNA young artist competition. 

 

Upon completion of his undergraduate studies Jason earned a master’s degree in saxophone performance from the University of Iowa where he studied with world renowned saxophonist Dr. Kenneth Tse.  Jason was awarded the saxophone teaching assistantship during this time and also went on to win the Iowa MTNA young artist competition.  Jason remained at the University of Iowa for his doctoral studies.  He is currently ABD and expects completion of this degree in fall 2024.  In addition to his saxophone studies at Iowa, Jason completed a secondary area in conducting, studying with Myron Welch and Richard Mark Heidel.  

 

In January 2011 Jason was the winner of a national competition in which he won a grant to record his debut CD, Come Down Heavy!  This recording was released on the Emeritus Recordings label and is available directly from the artist, ITunes, and Amazon.  The peer reviewed Saxophone Journal described Jason’s performance on this cd as having, “a supple technique, rich sound, and ample musicianship, exhibits an impressive command of his instrument…one wants to hear him again.”  

 

An advocate of new music, Jason is constantly seeking out composers who write both intellectual and beautiful music.   He has commissioned music by such composers as Ian Stewart, Sy Brandon, David DeBoor Canfield, Baljinder Sekhon, John Griffin, and Josh Gottry.

 

Beyond saxophone, Jason has studied Body Mapping and Alexander Technique with Kay S. Hooper.  He frequently incorporates these concepts into his teaching and clinics. 

 

Currently, Jason is the director of bands and an assistant professor of music at Dakota Wesleyan University, in Mitchell SD.  In addition to directing the bands, Jason also teaches applied lessons, music education courses, directs the LyricWood Orchestra, and teaches the music history sequence. 

 

Jason is an active member of the North American Saxophone Alliance and the South Dakota Music Educators Association and NAfME.  He is a Yamaha Performing Artist and performs exclusively on Yamaha saxophones.  Jason is an E. Rousseau Mouthpiece Artist and performs exclusively on E. Rousseau mouthpieces.

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​Upcoming Events

  • International Music Camp
    International Music Camp
    International Music Camp
    Sun, Jul 14
    Peace Garden Boulevard
    Jul 14, 2024, 3:30 PM – Jul 20, 2024, 2:30 PM
    Peace Garden Boulevard
    Jul 14, 2024, 3:30 PM – Jul 20, 2024, 2:30 PM
    Peace Garden Boulevard
    Saxophone instructor at the International Music Camp.
  • Mitchell Municipal Band - Guest Conductor
    Mitchell Municipal Band - Guest Conductor
    Mitchell Municipal Band - Guest Conductor
    Wed, Jul 24
    Mitchell
    Jul 24, 2024, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Mitchell, 1201 E Hanson Ave, Mitchell, SD 57301, USA
    Jul 24, 2024, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    Mitchell, 1201 E Hanson Ave, Mitchell, SD 57301, USA
    Guest conductor of the Mitchell Municipal Band, featuring a program of Appalachian music.
  • University of Nebraska Omaha
    University of Nebraska Omaha
    University of Nebraska Omaha
    Fri, Sep 13
    Omaha
    Sep 13, 2024, 7:30 PM – 8:50 PM
    Omaha, 6001 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68182, USA
    Sep 13, 2024, 7:30 PM – 8:50 PM
    Omaha, 6001 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68182, USA
    Guest recital and masterclass at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Program featuring the music of J.S. Bach and Astor Piazzolla with pianist Erin Desmond.
  • Dakota Wesleyan University
    Dakota Wesleyan University
    Dakota Wesleyan University
    Sun, Sep 15
    Mitchell
    Sep 15, 2024, 4:00 PM – 5:20 PM
    Mitchell, 1200 W University Ave, Mitchell, SD 57301, USA
    Sep 15, 2024, 4:00 PM – 5:20 PM
    Mitchell, 1200 W University Ave, Mitchell, SD 57301, USA
    Faculty recital at Dakota Wesleyan University. Program featuring the music of J.S. Bach and Astor Piazzolla with pianist Erin Desmond.
  • PMEA Middle School Band Fest
    PMEA Middle School Band Fest
    PMEA Middle School Band Fest
    Thu, Nov 21
    Shamokin
    Nov 21, 2024, 8:30 AM – 4:40 PM
    Shamokin, 2000 W State St, Coal Township, PA 17866, USA
    Nov 21, 2024, 8:30 AM – 4:40 PM
    Shamokin, 2000 W State St, Coal Township, PA 17866, USA
    Guest conductor for the PMEA middle school band fest held at Shamokin Area High School.

Media

Penelope's Song by Judith Shatin for soprano saxophone and electronicsJason T. Laczkoski
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11 Celebration of Flight, Inspirations featuring Jason T. Laczkoski and Anna DraperArtist Name
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Elegy for Antigone Jason T. Laczkoski soprano saxophone Geraldine Ong pianoJason T. Laczkoski
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Come study with me at DWU! 

The music department at DWU offers the following degrees: 

  • B.A. in music 

  • B.A. in music education 

  • Music minor 

The DWU Difference: 

  • Be prepared to teach in the rural settings of SD

  • Be treated like a professional in training and not just a student 

  • One on one instruction with professionally active performers and educators 

  • Countless opportunities to be a student leader 

  • Phenomenal scholarships available

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Contact me!

Please use this form to contact me if you are interested in lessons, a performance, a clinic, or if you want more information about becoming a music major at DWU.  I look forward to hearing from you.  

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