School of Music to Present Faculty Recital

September 13, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Wesleyan School of Music will present the faculty recital of Professor of Music William West and Adjunct Instructor Keith Zimmerman on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. in the Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall (1210 N. Park St., Bloomington).

The recital is free and open to the public and will feature Zimmerman on saxophone and West on piano.

West, who joined the Illinois Wesleyan faculty in 1982, teaches flute and saxophone and regularly presents solo and chamber music recitals on both instruments, as well as being an active collaborating pianist. He is also responsible for work in the School of Music’s basic musicianship sequence of courses and the series of pedagogy courses for music education majors, in which he teaches sophomore level music theory and woodwind techniques respectively. He has extensive experience with vocal and instrumental solo literature and chamber music with an emphasis on newly and recently composed works, and also specializes in research on performance and literature of pre-Boehm flutes.

Zimmerman, an alum of Illinois Wesleyan, is a saxophone and music education professor at his alma matter. He has studied under a number of notable musicians including American concert saxophone pioneer Cecil Leeson at Ball State University, Canadian concert saxophonist Paul Brodie and as a recipient of a scholarship from the French Ministry of Culture, Daniel Deffayet at the Paris National Conservatory. In 2002, the international publication The Saxophone Journal extensively profiled Zimmerman’s saxophone playing and teaching career in a cover story interview. He was frequently asked to play saxophone for the Ringling Brothers Circus from 1982 to 1995 and has been first alto saxophonist with the Pekin, Ill. Muncipal Band since 1994. Zimmerman is also a founding member of the World Saxophone Congress and the North American Saxophone Alliance and has performed for regional, national and international meetings of those organizations.

For additional information about the recital or the faculty members involved, contact the School of Music Office at (309) 556-3061.

Contact: Katie Webb ’13, (309) 556-3181