Boise State University
Rodney Zuroeveste is a proud recipient of a Bachelor’s Degree in Saxophone Performance from Boise State University which he received in 2008. He completed his Master’s Degree in Classical Saxophone Performance from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2011 where his primary teacher was the well-known soloist, Selmer artist, and Professor of Saxophone Lynn Klock. He has also studied with a number of world class saxophone specialists including Eugene Rousseau, Anna-Marie Wytko, Thomas Liley, and Selmer artist Sandon Mayhew.
Since 2004, Mr. Zuroeveste has been involved in Idaho’s Treasure Valley music scene as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and saxophone instructor of classical literature. Currently, Mr. Zuroeveste is serving as the instructor of saxophone and lecturer of music history at Boise State University, and he maintains an active prep school studio from his home. He is frequently asked to give master classes at the junior high, high school, and college levels, and has been requested to serve as an adjudicator for various Idaho Music Educators Association events including District III State Solo Competitions and the Idaho All-State Band auditions. Outside of Idaho, Mr. Zuroeveste has served on the judges’ panel for the regional MTNA solo and chamber music competitions and has been a judge for the Enkor International Music Competition since it’s inception in 2014.
As a supporter of new music, Mr. Zuroeveste has premiered several new works for saxophone on both the east and west coasts, and he has contributed to projects such as the Global Premier Consortium Commissioning Project for Baljinder Singh Sekhon, II. In January 2016, he took part in the Arts and Humanities Institute Grant collaborating with Dr. David Biedenbender and Dr. Liz Ames on a performance project that showcased new works for saxophone by Dr. Biedenbender and his students, as well as music composed by Kevin Ames Paul Kinsman. Other performances have included Fantasia by Claude T. Smith, and Sapphire Concerto by Catherine McMichael with the Boise State Symphonic Winds under the direction of Marcellus Brown. Projects in the future include an Idaho premier of Sonata for Saxophone and Piano by Octavio Vazquez, and Sonata of Puzzles by Baljinder Singh Sekhon, II in the fall of 2016.
Mr. Zuroeveste’s students consistently shine as competition winners and as passionate performers. He particularly enjoys coaching his students in the Bill Rankin and Gene Harris saxophone quartets and feels a special satisfaction when they all come together for the yearly saxophone choir in April.