"...to my ears
the saxophone is the most expressive of all wind instruments - the one closest to the human voice"
-Percy A. Grainger
Crystal is a saxophonist, educator and composer based in Austin, Texas. Originally from Lexington, Texas Crystal has been teaching applied saxophone since 2002. She is currently contracted with Lake Travis ISD, Leander ISD, and Georgetown ISD. In addition to teaching a studio of private students, Crystal also coaches several student chamber music ensembles. In 2019, she is joining the Austin Saxophone Ensemble. In 2018, Crystal’s saxophone quartet Code Seis was premiered the Les Bois Quartet at Texas State University – San Marcos.
In March of 2015, Crystal was a guest artist at the 6th Sax Fest Costa Rica Internacional. At this festival Crystal performed as a featured soloist with the Banda de Conciertos de San Jose. She also taught master classes in chamber music and electronic music at the Universidad de Costa Rica and the Instituto Nacional de Musica. Crystal has performed and lectured at regional and national conferences including premier performances of a sonata for alto saxophone and piano by Michael Liebowitz and New Horizons for saxophones and electronics by Keri Wing. Crystal currently performs and writes for the Irazu Duo with Keri Wing. As an active member of the North American Saxophone Alliance, Crystal has and continues to premiere new music and lecture on topics including the integration of Tai Chi for musicians.
Crystal is a member of the Waterloo Wind Band and has performed with other musical groups such as the Turtle Island String Quartet, Stone Soup, Midwest Winds, and the Round Rock and Topeka Symphony Orchestras. As a composer Crystal has written several electro-acoustic works for the saxophone and continues to add to her catalogue. She also has arranged several works for solo saxophone, ensembles and saxophone quartet.
Crystal and husband Chris are Austin “foodies” and have a small zoo of rescued pets: Jaco, Bebe, Miles and Kyoshi.
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