Charlie Gannon is a master’s student at the University of Missouri–Kansas City studying classical saxophone performance with Professor Zachary Shemon. He holds a bachelor’s of music in saxophone performance from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, where he studied with Dr. Preston Duncan. His undergraduate honors thesis analyzed how and why classical musicians change careers and the stigma surrounding the topic.
He has performed as a soloist with ensembles including the Rochester Symphony and the Minnetonka Civic Orchestra. He also maintains an active gigging career, working with local chamber groups and bands.
Charlie is a passionate advocate for contemporary music. He has worked with organizations such as 113 Composers Collective and served on the University of Minnesota New Music Ensemble’s student board during its Spring 2023 season. His performances and recitals focus on highlighting lesser-known works by diverse composers, most significantly the recent North American premiere of the piece Remix Render by Nicolás Kliwadenko.
In addition to his academic studies and performance career, Charlie maintains an active and growing studio of saxophone students. He has a passion for working with students of all ages and strives to inspire a lifelong love of music in his students.