Carrie Koffman is Professor of Saxophone at The Hartt School of Music, Dance and Theater at the University of Hartford. She has also held positions as Lecturer of Saxophone at the Yale School of Music, Lecturer of Saxophone at Boston University, Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Penn State University, and Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of New Mexico.
She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, in 17 countries, and on six continents. Commissions and premieres include over 75 compositions. One review in Fanfare Magazinecalls her playing “suave, subtly nuanced, and technically secure in its every gesture,” while another refers to her “melting tone and touching sensitivity.” Music Web International describes her as “brilliant and dauntless.”
Current interests include her Voiced project, a series of compositions embracing stories not normally told in classical music; her Carries Weight Performance Art Project, created to explore what it means to carry weight by performing on mountain summits; the curation of site-specific projects; and the evolving pedagogy of listening and communication.
She is a founding member of the Committee for Gender Equity of the North American Saxophone Alliance and served as the project manager for CGE’s Community Engagement Initiative. She is also a founding faculty member of the American Saxophone Academy, an annual educational program designed for advanced college students and beyond. Koffman holds a bachelors degree from the University of Michigan and a masters degree from the University of North Texas. Her primary mentor is Donald Sinta.
Koffman is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher and teaches Yoga for Performers. She is a Conn-Selmer artist/clinician and Vandoren performing artist.