Brandon Quarles

 

Executive Director

Brandon Quarles is a saxophonist dedicated to the creation and performance of new music. He is currently active as a soloist and chamber musician in the Chicago area where he works with composers to realize new and progressive works. Since 2013, he has premiered over 15 works by emerging composers. 

Brandon is the Executive Director and soprano saxophonist of ~Nois, a saxophone quartet committed to the music of today. ~Nois was awarded the Silver Medal at the 44th annual Fischoff National Chamber Music Compeition, Second Prize at the North American Saxophone Alliance National Quartet Competition and was also named the winner of the 2016 Chicago Woodwind Ensemble Competition. From 2014 to 2015, Brandon was a member of the MILK Quartet and was a finalist at the 2015 MTNA National Chamber Winds Competition. In 2015, MILK was invited to perform at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow, Russia. 

As a soloist, Brandon made his orchestral debut in 2015 with the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra as a winner of its annual concerto competition. He has competed in national and international solo competitions including the Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments, the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition, and the North American Saxophone Alliance National Solo Competition. He has also received prizes from the Georgia and Illinois Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competitions. He has been a featured guest artist at Frostburg State University and the University of Georgia.

Brandon has also performed with the Zafa Collective, Chamber Cartel, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble. 

Currently in his first year of doctoral study at Northwestern University, Brandon serves the school as the Doctoral Assistant for the saxophone studio and as the Instructor of Non-Major Saxophone Lessons. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from the University of Georgia and a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University. Brandon’s principal teachers are Clint Schmitt, Connie Frigo, and Taimur Sullivan.

 

Hunter Bockes

Director of Development

Christopher Hunter Bockes is currently in his second year of graduate study at Northwestern University in pursuit of a Master of Music degree in Saxophone Performance. He has been a member of Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Contemporary Music Ensemble, and is a Graduate Assistant for the chamber music program.

Hunter earned his Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC. During his studies, he has collaborated with dancers, actors, and other musicians in various ensembles and venues. Among those collaborations was a performance with Olympian, Jeremy Abbott, at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships as a member uncsaX, UNCSA’s saxophone ensemble

Hunter is currently a member of the award winning saxophone quartet, ~Nois. He has also been a member of the award winning Atchara Saxophone Quartet, Half and Half Saxophone Quartet, and Minerva Saxophone Quartet. Among his awards as a chamber musician are First Prize at the Chicago Chamber Music Competition, 2nd Prize at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Southeastern Regional Conference, and multiple First Prize awards at the North Carolina State MTNA conference. As a soloist, he most recently received First Place at the 2016 Rosen-Schaffel Competition in Boone, NC. He has also been a finalist in the 2015 and 2016 UNCSA concerto competitions. Outside of his current and past chamber groups, he has performed with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Saxophone Ensemble, and Twin City Stage Theater in Winston-Salem, NC.

He has performed in masterclasses held by world-renowned saxophonists Jean-Michel Goury and Kenneth Tse. He has also worked with saxophonists Timothy McAllister, Otis Murphy, Carrie Koffman, John Sampen, Griffin Campbell, Zachary Shemon, Susan Fancher, Robert Young, and Jonathan Yanik, among others.

His primary teachers have included Taimur Sullivan, Steven Stusek, and Dennis Brown.

 

Jordan Lulloff

Director of Operations and Social Media

Jordan Lulloff is an internationally performing saxophonist pursuing a master’s degree in Saxophone Performance at Northwestern University, studying with Taimur Sullivan. Jordan completed his Bachelor’s degree in Saxophone Performance and a minor in Jazz Studies at Michigan State University, where he studied with Joseph Lulloff.

Jordan has been the featured soloist with the United States Air Force Band, University of Memphis Wind Ensemble, and the Lansing and Ann Arbor Community Concert Bands. Other performance honors include: Winner – VSA International Young Soloist Competition, First place - United States Air Force Band Colonel George S. Howard Young Artist Competition, 2nd and 3rd place - MTNA National Performance Competition Senior Division.

An advocate of new music, Jordan has given 15 world premiers over the course of his collegiate studies. In July 2015, after spending two weeks at The Cortona Sessions for New Music, Jordan presented the European premier of Dancing To Eternity, Five Grooves For Tenor Saxophone and Electro-acoustic Brass and Percussion by Charles Ruggiero at the

17th World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France. This is the second European premier Jordan has presented, both of pieces written for him. In 2012, Jordan presented the European premier of Tone Studies by David Maslanka at the 16th World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Jordan is passionate about chamber music and is a founding member of the J4 Saxophone Quartet. This group regularly performs at NASA Biennial Conferences and World Saxophone Congresses. Jordan has founded two student saxophone quartets, PSOGO and ~Nois. He was a finalist in the 2016 NASA quartet competition and won the 2016 Chicago Woodwind Ensemble Competition. With ~Nois, Jordan won the Silver Medal at the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Additionally, Jordan works in music event management. He will begin his second summer this year as the production assistant for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and currently works at Evanston SPACE, a live music venue.

 
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János Csontos

Director of Finance

Described as "a musician of the highest order" by Stockton Symphony conductor Peter Jaffe, classical saxophonist János Csontos is in his second year at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois pursuing a master's degree in performance. Deeply interested in performing contemporary repertoire, János aims to promote music written by living composers through premieres of works for both solo and chamber repertoire.

János made his solo debut at age 20 as a soloist with the Auburn Symphony, having received the grand prize for the Auburn Symphony Young Artist Competition. He is also a winner of University of the Pacific's Concerto Aria Competition, and has performed as a soloist on concert series with both the Auburn Symphony and University of the Pacific's Symphony Orchestra. His other solo engagements range from multiple appearances on University of the Pacific's annual Honors Recital to performances at regional and national conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance.

With a passion for performing chamber music, János most recently won the Silver Medal at the 2017 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as a member of ~Nois, an emerging saxophone quartet based in Chicago, Illinois. ~Nois was also the winner of the 2016 Chicago Woodwind Ensemble Competition. In 2013, he became the founder and ensemble manager for the Broke College Kid Sax Quartet, an established ensemble within the arts community of his hometown in Auburn, California. With these ensembles, he enjoys bringing chamber music to the public ear through outreach at public community events such as farmer's markets and Christmas fairs. János has previously been a member of the Interlochen Staff Saxophone Quartet, Pacific Reed Quintet, and Pacific Saxophone Quartet.

János holds a bachelor's degree in saxophone performance from the University of the Pacific. He now studies under Taimur Sullivan, and has previously studied with David Henderson and Zachary Shemon. He has participated in masterclasses with Timothy McAllister, Aaron Lington, and the Quasar Saxophone Quartet.