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Meet the
Current Studio

Feel free to contact the studio members directly by clicking the little envelopes next to their names. To contact any alumni, please view the alumni page.

Hannah Hickman

DMA Saxophone Performance

Hannah Hickman is a saxophonist and music educator based in Hartford, Connecticut. She has presented and performed for organizations across the country including the Music for All Summer Symposium, North American Saxophone Alliance, and the Iowa Bandmasters Association. In 2017, she was named a Yamaha Young Performing Artist. Hannah is passionate about commissioning new music and increasing accessibility to music education. Hannah has worked with students of all ages in public schools and private lesson settings. In 2020 she founded KeySpark (, an online platform that provides curated classes and learning resources for 7th-12th grade saxophonists. Hannah holds degrees in music education and saxophone performance from the Univ. of Minnesota, Univ. of Michigan, and Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City. She is currently a doctoral student at The Hartt School, where she studies with Carrie Koffman. Her previous teachers are Zach Shemon, Timothy McAllister, Preston Duncan, and Eugene Rousseau. 


MM Saxophone Performance

Lauren Bagshaw is a saxophonist and educator based in her hometown of Hartford, Connecticut. As a soloist, and as the baritone saxophonist of the saxophone quartet Mantis, Lauren strives to create music that uplifts communities and gives voice to people and ideas that are underheard. She has performed across the nation at venues and conferences such as the North American Saxophone Alliance. 


Lauren is a current graduate student at The Hartt School, where she is pursuing a M.M. in Saxophone Performance under the instruction of Carrie Koffman. Previously, Lauren studied with Taimur Sullivan at Northwestern University, where she earned a B.M. in Saxophone Performance and Music Education and a B.S. in Education and Social Policy.

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Lauren Bagshaw

MM Saxophone Performance

Growing up in North Texas, versatile saxophonist Rob Brown gained an appreciation for music from a young age. Armed with his passion for music, Rob aims to realize not only his musical dreams, but also the dreams of his peers and students.

As a professional saxophonist, Robert has been involved largely in the creation of new music from living composers. In 2022, Rob worked with both CNSNC and The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center on The Ocean’s Cry, a series of pieces written for piano, percussion, and saxophone that focus on ocean preservation.

Over the course of his career, Robert has studied primarily with Gary Louie and Donald J. Fabian, and he currently attends graduate school at The Hartt School under the instruction of Professor Carrie Koffman.

Robert Brown


MM Saxophone Performance, 1st year

Jessica recently graduated in Spring 2022 with a Bachelor of Music degree in music performance and music education at Central Washington University (CWU) where she studied with Dr. Adam Pelandini, Dr. Ashley Kelly, and Dr. Kendra Wheeler. She was heavily involved in several areas of the department both as a leader and performer. In her undergrad, Jessica served as the secretary and president of the CWU saxophone club, where she helped organize the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Region one conference hosted at CWU in April 2019 and performed the Glazunov Concerto with the CWU chamber orchestra after placing in the school’s concerto competition. In her first semester, Jessica is the baritone saxophonist in the Atlas Saxophone Quartet. Atlas is currently preparing music for performing at the Navy Band Symposium 2023, NASA Biennial Conference 2023, their Atlas Saxophone Quartet recital, and recording for various other chamber music competitions. 

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Jessica Mccready

BM Music Production & Technology

Ryan Newell is a saxophonist from Sussex County, New Jersey.  He has played the saxophone since the 7th grade and, in entering high school, knew that it was his dream to perform. He has performed with Grammy Award Winning B. J. Thomas, performed in the New Jersey all state band, and played for his county’s youth orchestra. Ryan hopes to continue his studies on the saxophone to become the best musician he can be!   

Ryan Newell

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