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Justin Evangelist
Justin Evangelist

Justin Evangelist

Adjunct, Division of Music
Saxophone

Biography

Justin Evangelist is an active performer of solo works and chamber music from Akron, OH. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States in a variety of settings performing new works for saxophone as well as other classical repertoire. Evangelist’s playing has earned him several awards, including winner of the 2019 University of Akron Concerto Competition and first place in the 2017 MTNA Young Artist Woodwind State Competition (OH). As a chamber musician, Evangelist has performed on the national stage, most notably with the Poema Quartet in the National Finals of the 2022 MTNA Young Artist Chamber Music Competition held in Reno, NV. Evangelist has been featured as a soloist on numerous occasions, including the 2018 MTNA-Ohio State Conference at Cleveland State University, the North American Saxophone Alliance regional and national conferences, and the 2019 University of Akron Collage Concerts. He also had the opportunity to present at the 2020 NASA Biennial Conference held at Arizona State University.

Evangelist is currently on the adjunct faculty at Oklahoma Baptist University and Oklahoma City Community College, where he teaches saxophone and fine arts courses. He is also pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree with an Arts Management and Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate at The University of Oklahoma, where he serves as a graduate assistant in the saxophone and concert hall management areas. Before coming to Oklahoma, Evangelist earned a Master of Music degree from Central Michigan University, as well as a Bachelor of Music with a minor in Jazz Studies from the University of Akron. Evangelist’s primary teachers include Jonathan Nichol, John Nichol, Todd Gaffke, and Jack Schantz.

Justin is currently a member of the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA).

Education

  • Master of Music - Central Michigan University
  • Bachelor of Music (Summa cum laude) - University of Akron

Subjects Taught

  • Applied Saxophone
  • Fine Arts

Professional Memberships

  • North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA)