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Dale Wolford

Dale Wolford is currently a member of the Premiere Saxophone Quartet, dedicated to promoting new music for the saxophone quartet via performances and recordings. He regularly performs with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Ballet and Opera orchestras. In addition he has also performed and/or recorded with Philip Glass, Sun Valley Symphony, Santa Cruz New Music Works, the Morosco Saxophone Quartet, the San Francisco Saxophone Quartet, the Nuclear Whales Saxophone Orchestra, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and is a frequent guest soloist with area orchestras and bands.

Working with pianist Ivan Rosenblum for over 25 years, as the Wolford/Rosenblum Duo, Dale has premiered many new works including the Sonata for Saxophone & Piano by Gunther Schuller. The Duo has released three recordings, including their latest, Aria—Lyrical music for saxophone and piano.”

Dale has been hailed by critics nationwide for his “great sound and phrasing…the melodic lines soulfully tear at your heartstrings.” (Saxophone Journal), “fresh and expressive, with genuine impulses of feeling.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

Currently on the faculty of University of California, Berkeley, Dale has also taught at San José State University, University of the Pacific, California State University—East Bay, California State University, Stanislaus and Chabot College. In addition he has been a board member for both the California Music Educators Bay Section and the Music Teachers Association of California. He is currently a Yamaha Performing Artist.