Anne Kunkle is an award-winning saxophonist and educator based in Rochester, New York. She made her Chicago debut at the Chicago Cultural Center as the First Prize winner of the 2018 Musician’s Club of Women Competition. As soprano chair of the Khroma Saxophone Quartet, Ms. Kunkle was awarded the Silver Medal at the 2019 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. The quartet frequently collaborates with contemporary composers, and continues to perform at nationwide events such as the Midwest Band Conference, while committing to education and outreach.
Ms. Kunkle has performed at prestigious venues across the United States including the Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Internationally, she has performed at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing with the Eastman Saxophone Project, as well as the Esplanade Theater in Singapore, where she performed and recorded an album of Shostakovich’s music with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under Andrew Litton.
Prior to her doctoral studies, Ms. Kunkle received her Bachelor of Music with High Distinction in Saxophone Performance and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music, and a Master of Music from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was also inaugurated into the Beta Pi Eastman Chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda for her academic excellence, and earned a certificate from the Arts Leadership Program. Ms. Kunkle is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music, where she was a member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, and is the current Assistant Director and chief arranger of the Eastman Saxophone Project.
Ms. Kunkle is the Instructor of Saxophone at Syracuse University Setnor School of Music, an Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at Roberts Wesleyan College, and teaches at the Eastman Community Music School. She is Program Development Associate for the International Saxophone Academy. Her primary teachers include Chien-Kwan Lin and Debra Richtmeyer.