Saxophonist Andre Jamaal North, a second-year master of music student and graduate teaching assistant, was named the winner of the Young Artist Competition in the woodwind category at the Music Teachers National Association's Pennsylvania State Competition on October 28, 2012. Andre played a program including works by Jules Demersseman, Fernande Decruck, Christian Lauba and Lars-Erik Larsson. The Young Artist Competition was judged by Stacey Steele and Terry Steele, both faculty members at Slippery Rock University.
North, originally from Huger, S.C., is a saxophone student of Dr. David Stambler. After graduation in May 2013, he plans to pursue public school and university-level teaching jobs, in addition to applying for doctor of musical arts programs in saxophone performance/pedagogy.
As a state winner, North will advance to the regional competition to be held in January 2013 in Columbia, Md.