Teaching Fellows


chrisdickhaus@gmail.com / (305) 776-7533
Teaching Fellow, Classical Saxophone

Saxophonist Chris Dickhaus is building a reputation as both a solo and chamber performer as well as a respected teaching artist. Among his most recent honors, he was a two-time finalist at the MTNA National Chamber Music Competition as a member of the North Texas Saxophone Quartet (2008-09). As a soloist, he won the North Carolina Young Artist Woodwind Competition (2005) and earned alternate (2nd place) at the Southern Division MTNA Young Artist Woodwind Competition. Chris has performed throughout the United States at various conferences and meetings including NASA Biennial Conferences, the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, First Annual Carolina Saxophone Symposium, and the Texas Music Teachers Association. Spring 2010 will kick-off with the first tour of his newly-formed Anhinga PianoSAX Duo (featuring pianist Jonathan Kuuskoski).

In 2007 Chris was awarded a Saxophone Teaching Fellowship at the University of North Texas (UNT), where he is currently pursuing a Graduate Artist Certificate. Over the same period he has built a private studio of 25 students, and has been fortunate enough to guide many to top chair positions at their All-Region competitions. Chris earned his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of North Carolina Greensboro in 2006 and finished the course work for a Master of Music in Performance at UNT in 2008. He has studied primarily with renowned saxophonists Eric Nestler and Steven Stusek, but also has had the opportunity to take lessons with artists such as Otis Murphy, Debra Richtmeyer, Jim Riggs, Kenneth Tse, and the New Century Saxophone Quartet.



steve.friel@gmail.com / (405) 600-8900
Teaching Fellow, Classical Saxophone

Stephan Friel is an Oklahoma native and graduated from Bethel (OK) High School. He is currently a doctoral student in the studio of Eric M. Nestler at the University of North Texas, He received both his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. While at the University of Central Oklahoma he was the winner of the UCO Concerto Competition on both Alto Saxophone and Oboe. He was recipient of the IAJE Outstanding Collegiate Jazz Musician of the Year award for the state of Oklahoma. Stephan held teaching positions at Guthrie Public Schools, Guthrie, OK; Putnam City Schools, Oklahoma City, OK; Oklahoma City University of Science and Arts and Langston University, OK. He has performed as soloist with the Enid Philharmonic and held the principal oboe chair. Stephan has also performed with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the Pops Orchestra. He has performed with Oklahoma Lyric Theater (Broadway equity). In 2008 Stephan performed as soloist with the University of North Texas Wind Symphony under the direction of Eugene Corporon. With the same ensemble Stephan recorded the solo on the GIA label released in numerous countries. In 2008 Stephan also played lead alto for Natalie Cole. Stephan is currently a member of the 36th ID Band, Texas National Guard and has been in continual military service since 1986. 



sarahlynnroberts@gmail.com / (940) 390-8470
Teaching Fellow, Classical Saxophone

Currently, Ms. Roberts is a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas where she is completing coursework for a doctorate of musical arts degree in saxophone performance under the instruction of Dr. Eric Nestler. In addition to performing, Ms. Roberts is an extremely active saxophone instructor with not only her studio at the North Texas, but also her private studio in the North Dallas area. Furthermore, she is an extremely active clinician and has worked with students in various settings include jazz band, marching band, and concert band settings. Moreover, she was the Saxophone Instructor for the Michigan All-State Program Saxophone Workshop held at Interlochen, Michigan from 2002-2005 and the Saxophone Coach for the Michigan All-State Program Concert Band also held at Interlochen, Michigan from 2003-2005.

Ms. Roberts holds dual masters of music degrees in saxophone performance and jazz studies from the University of North Texas and dual bachelors' degrees in saxophone performance and jazz studies from the University of Michigan. She has studied with Donald Sinta, Donald Walden, Eric Nestler, Jim Riggs, Jean-Marie Londeix, Jean-Francious Guy, Joseph Lulloff, Kelland Thomas, Steve Weist, Paris Rutherford, and John Vana.



me@kylestec.com / (812) 219-2612
Teaching Fellow, Classical Saxophone

Kyle Stec is currently a Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas, where he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone. As a Teaching Fellow, Kyle teaches applied saxophone lessons to a studio of undergraduate music majors and coaches quartets. In addition to his work at UNT, Kyle also maintains a saxophone studio at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, TX. Formerly, Kyle has taught for the renowned Carmel Marching Greyhounds (IN), 2005 BOA National Champions and at the Bands of America Summer Symposium (2004-2007).

As a performer, Kyle has premiered works at North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial conferences in South Carolina (2008), Iowa (2006), and North Carolina (2004). He has twice been asked to give anthem performances at the DCI Midwestern Championships (2004, 2006). At UNT, Kyle served as saxophone section leader of the North Texas Wind Symphony, under the direction of Eugene Migliaro Corporon, recording numerous CDs with the ensemble. He has performed in masterclasses with renowned saxophonists like Eugene Rousseau, Griffin Campbell, and Nicolas Prost. Kyle is a recipient of the Ed and Julia Hodges Memorial Scholarship, UNT Saxophone Scholarship, and Mary B. Smith Scholarship for the Performing Arts.

Kyle completed his Master of Music in saxophone with a secondary field in music education in 2009 at the University of North Texas, and earned a Bachelor of Music in saxophone at Indiana University in 2007. Primary teachers include Dr. Eric Nestler, Dr. Otis Murphy, and Dennis Sizemore.



ahutch727@hotmail.com / (404) 819-2675
Teaching Fellow, Jazz Saxophone

Atlanta, Georgia native Adam Hutcheson is currently pursuing a masters of music in jazz studies at the University of North Texas. He recently earned the bachelors of music in jazz studies at UNT in the summer of 2009. While at North Texas, Adam has been a member of several saxophone quartets, jazz small groups, and big bands. In the spring of 2008, he had the honor of being the lead alto saxophonist in the Two O'Clock Lab Band in Jim Riggs' final semester as director. The following year, he played lead alto in the first Two O'Clock CD release under the direction of Jay Saunders. Adam can be heard on two Two O'Clock Lab Band albums including "Denton Texas Jazz Giants" and "Too Two." Currently, Adam is a jazz saxophone teaching fellow at UNT where he teaches applied jazz saxophone lessons and is also a member of the world renown One O'Clock Lab Band. He has held private saxophone studios in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and has also been an instructor at high school band camps in Georgia. Adam's primary teachers include Eric Musselwhite, Seth Kuehn, Sam Skelton, Eric Nestler, Jim Riggs, and Brad Leali.