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Dr. Myles Boothroyd

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Dr. Myles Boothroyd

Dr. Myles Boothroyd

Assistant Professor of Music (Saxophone)

Office: Catlett Music Center 218

Myles Boothroyd is a performing saxophonist, teacher, and music scholar. At home in the various realms of classical, jazz, and contemporary music, he presents concert repertoire that crosses the boundaries of nations, cultures, and musical traditions. Boothroyd serves as Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Oklahoma and has been a member of both the Wisconsin-based Generation Quartet and the award-winning East End Quartet. Additionally, his soprano saxophone playing with the Traverse City Saxophone Quartet is featured on the 2018 live album by Jeff Hass, Jazz at Sunset: Celebrating 25 Years.

As a soloist and chamber musician, Boothroyd has contributed to the creation of numerous new works for saxophone, including compositions by Martin Bresnick, Olivia Kieffer, Graham Lynch, Michael Markowski, Joel Martinson, and Mischa Zupko. His list of world premieres includes Symphony Cocteau by Graham Lynch (2018) and Triptych Fantasy by Joel Martinson (2019), the latter of which was performed with Doug Cleveland at the 2019 Convention of the Organ Historical Society in Dallas, Texas.

Boothroyd is active in the international saxophone community as a performer and administrator. He served as Program Chair for the 2024 North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Biennial Conference and as a program committee member for the 2023 NASA Conference. He previously earned top national prizes in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Solo and Chamber Music Competitions, the NASA Collegiate Solo Competition, and the Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition.

Along with maintaining an active performing career, Boothroyd distinguishes himself as a researcher and scholar. He is Editor of The Saxophone Symposium, a peer-reviewed journal and the premier publication of saxophone literature, performance, and pedagogy in North America. His articles have been published in Nota Bene and in The Eastman Case Studies, and he has shared original research at conferences in Chicago, Cincinnati, Honolulu, Lansing, and Montreal.

Boothroyd formerly served as Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he was also appointed Associate Director of the Very Young Composers of Central Wisconsin. Before then, he taught as Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York. Boothroyd holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (Saxophone), a Master of Music (Saxophone), and a Master of Arts (Music Theory Pedagogy) from the Eastman School of Music. He also holds the Eastman Arts Leadership Certificate, Eastman Performer’s Certificate, and the University of Rochester’s Edward Peck Curtis Award for excellence in teaching by a graduate student. Boothroyd received his Bachelor of Music Education from Central Michigan University. His primary teachers have been John Nichol and Chien-Kwan Lin, and he has also studied in lessons and masterclasses with Vincent David, Lars Mlekusch, Doug O’Connor, Taimur Sullivan, and James Umble.

  • Doctor of Musical Arts (Saxophone) - Eastman School of Music
  • Master of Music (Saxophone) - Eastman School of Music
  • Master of Arts (Music Theory Pedagogy) - Eastman School of Music
  • Performer’s Certificate - Eastman School of Music
  • Bachelor of Music Education - Central Michigan University