The University of Minnesota School of Music and the Schmitt Music Saxophone Shop present a free Master Class & Performance featuring Yamaha and D’Addario Artist Nathan Mertens on Wednesday, April 13 at 6:30pm.
Nathan is an Assistant Professor at Hastings College, Lecturer (part-time) at Baylor University, and the Marketing Director of Advertising & Development for NASA. Nathan is also a Yamaha and D’Addario – specifically Reserve – Artist
Questions about saxophones or the UMN-Schmitt Music Saxophone Series? Contact Dave Strong, Director of Saxophone Sales & Specialist, at 763-566-4560.
American saxophonist, Nathan Mertens (he/him) has performed recitals in Japan, South Korea, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and throughout the United States. Mertens has performed as a soloist with the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra (Korea), Hastings Symphony Orchestra (US), The University of Texas Symphony Orchestra (US), and was recently a concerto soloist at the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference. In competition, he has been awarded Third Prize in the 14th Kurashiki International Saxophone Competition, Second Grand Prize in the North International Music Competition in Sweden, and has been a finalist for many national competitions.
Previously, Mertens was in Tokyo, Japan as a Monbukagakusho Research Scholarship recipient with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology where he studied with Masato Kumoi at Kunitachi College of Music. As such, Mertens was the first American Saxophonist to formally study in Japan. While in Japan, he performed with the Kunitachi Saxophone Ensemble, the Japan Saxophone Orchestra, Marie Kikuchi, and Emi Kondo.
Mertens graduated from The University of Texas at Austin – Butler School of Music with his Doctor of Music Arts degree in Saxophone Performance while studying with Dr. Stephen Page. He also received his Master’s degree at The University of Texas and did additional work at the Université Européenne de Saxophone in Gap, France. He completed his undergraduate work at Hastings College in Nebraska, with Debra McKim-Rhodes, graduating magna cum laude with degrees in Saxophone Performance and Woodwind Pedagogy.