Both classical and jazz saxophone have been taught at West Virginia University for over 40 years. Past saxophone faculty include Randy Misamore, David Hastings, Joe Eckert, Curtis Johnson and David Wright. Since the 1960s, WVU jazz ensembles and saxophone quartets have toured the world and competed as finalists at national competitions. Saxophone graduates have become outstanding educators, performers and advocates for the arts. Since its inception, WVU has fostered a saxophone culture that is as equally well-rounded as it is progressive.
Across bachelors, masters and doctoral programs, the saxophone studio averages between 15-20 students. Out-of-state students make up over half of the class. Advanced saxophonists interested in pursuing a music minor are also welcome to audition. All saxophone majors study with Dr. Michael Ibrahim for classical applied lessons. Supplemental technique lessons are taught by graduate students. Jazz majors, and those interested in furthering their jazz experience, study with Professor Jared Sims, director of jazz studies. Recent guest artists who have performed and taught at WVU include the DC Field Band Saxophone Quartet, Jan Berry-Baker, Paul Cohen, Christopher Creviston, Laurent Estoppey, Noa Even, James Flowers, Dan Graser, James Houlik, Steven Leffue, Jeffrey Loeffert, Steven Mauk, Angel Negrin, Jonathan Nichol, Stephen Page, Phil Pierick, Ryan Muncy, Joseph Murphy, John Sampen, Steven Stusek and Rhonda Taylor.