Described as a “young saxophone virtuoso”, Stacy Wilson is recognized as one of the leading young saxophonists of her generation. Stacy performs as a soloist, soprano saxophonist of the acclaimed Zzyzx Quartet and Principal Saxophonist of the West Point Concert Band. She has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia with recent concert appearances at Japan’s Izumi Concert Hall, Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw, Mahidol University in Thailand, St. Andrews, Scotland, Juilliard and the Eastman School of Music. As a concerto soloist, she has also performed with the West Point Concert Band, Flint Symphony Orchestra, the Indiana University Orchestra, and the UNCG Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, she was a featured concerto soloist with the United States Army Band in Europe, giving two concerts in Oftersheim and Eppelheim, Germany. In 2011, Stacy was featured on national TV performing “The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” by G.F. Handel arranged for saxophone quartet on the FOX Broadcasting Network which received over 1,000,000 views. Additionally, she has performed with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall as a part of their annual Independence Day concert. Stacy performs frequently at the World Saxophone Congress, Navy Band International Saxophone Symposiums, NASA Conferences and numerous concert series throughout the United States. She was a jury member for the NASA Young Artist Competition Finals in 2012.
Stacy Wilson has won top prizes in many national and international competitions. In 2009, she became the first American Saxophonist to win one of the top prizes in the Gaudeamus International Interpreters Competition in Amsterdam, widely considered as one of the most prestigious competitions in the world for the interpretation of contemporary music. Stacy won 1st Prizes in the William Byrd International Competition becoming the first saxophonist in the history of the competition, the MTNA Young Artist Collegiate Competition, Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Competition, GMTA Competition and was the winner of the Indiana University and the University of North Carolina Greensboro Concerto Competitions. Additionally, she received 3rd Prize in the North American Saxophone Alliance Classical Competition in 2004 and was selected as a semi-finalist in the Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition in Bangkok, Thailand in 2008.
Stacy is the soprano saxophonist and a founding member of the internationally renowned Zzyzx Quartet. Featured in the Saxophone Journal, Zzyzx was described as “a superb ensemble with impeccable musical taste”. They won 2nd Prize in the inaugural NASA Quartet Competition in 2008 and are the only American saxophone quartet to ever advance to the semi-finals of the prestigious OSAKA International Chamber Music Competition. They were selected as one of 7 semi-finalists from 211 applicants and 29 countries. In 2010, they released their debut CD “Zzyzx Rd” and their second CD “Intersections” in 2013. Zzyzx has presented numerous clinics, master classes and residencies throughout the United States including The Carolina Saxophone Symposium, Eastman Single Reed Day, and residencies at Baylor University and the University of Texas at Austin. They have been featured artists at NASA Regional Conferences, the Morehead Single Reed Day and numerous concert series. Zzyzx was chosen as a concerto soloist at the NASA Biennial Gala Concert in 2012 and invited to perform on featured concerts at both the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland in 2012 and Strasbourg, France in 2015. They were selected as one of three internationally recognized quartets to serve on the Barlow Endowment Prize Panel and gave the world premiere of the new commission “Awake, Alive, Amok, Ajar” by Ben Hjertmann in January, 2016. Zzyzx has commissioned many new quartets by some of todays’s prominent composers including John Mackey, David Rokowski and David Maslanka.
Currently residing in New York, Stacy is the principal saxophonist with the West Point Concert Band in New York, one of America’s premier military bands. Prior to her appointment, she was pursuing the Doctor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance (in progress) at Indiana University Bloomington as an Associate Instructor of Saxophone. Stacy received the Master of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from Indiana University as a recipient of the school of music’s prestigious Performer’s Certificate, the institution’s highest honor for instrumental performers, and the Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. As a scholarship recipient, Stacy pursued additional lessons at the International Master Class for Classical Saxophone in Laubach, Germany where she studied with Arno Bornkamp, Jan Schulte-Bunert and Vincent David. Her primary teachers include saxophonists, Steve Stusek and Otis Murphy. Stacy is on faculty at the Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music. Since joining the faculty at MSU, her students have consistently won and/or placed in the school wide concerto competitions and regional competitions in the Norteast.
In her free time, Stacy enjoys running, hiking, great coffee, home renovation and interior design. She lives in New York with her husband, Jason Miller, and 1 year old son.
Stacy is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a D’Addario Performing Artist and performs on the following equipment:
Yamaha EXHG Gold Plated Soprano, Yamaha EX Alto – Gold Plated, Rico Reserve – Soprano, Rico Reserve Classics – Alto