George Wolfe

Professor of Saxophone

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MI 208   Phone: 765-285-5418  

School of Music
Hargreaves Music Building (MU) 203
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Saxophonist George Wolfe has performed extensively throughout the United States and has also concertized in Europe, Cyprus, Costa Rica, Canada, India, Korea and Japan. He has appeared as a soloist with such ensembles as the United States Navy Band, the Saskatoon Symphony, the World Band at Disney World, the Chautauqua Motet Choir, The Indianapolis Children’s Choir, and was recently featured on a compact disk as a soloist with the Royale Band of the Belgian Air force.

Wolfe’s teacher, Eugene Rousseau, describes him as "an artist of exceptional ability and great sensitivity." Critics have praised his playing as "brilliant and moving." His recordings have won praise from Steven Ellis of Fanfare Magazine and jazz great David Baker. Thomas Liley, writing in the Saxophone Symposium, states: "...Wolfe performs with beautiful tone, impeccable intonation, and assured technique in a wide range of stylistic contexts...He negotiates the wide range of dynamics and of register with exceptional ease." Critic John Lambert writing in the Winston Salem Spectator, described Wolfe’s performance as “a deeply satisfying and moving artistic experience.”

Dr. Wolfe holds a Performance Certificate from Indiana University and is a featured soloist on seven volumes of the compact disk series America’s Millennium Tribute to Adolphe Sax distributed by Arizona University Recordings. He has presented master classes at the Paris Conservatory, Indiana University, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and he has taught as an artist-in-residence at Arizona State University, Klagenfurt Conservatory (Austria), the University of Saskatchewan (Canada), and at the University of San Jose in Costa Rica. His interests have extended beyond Western music traditions through an open fellowship awarded him by the Eli Lilly Endowment to study Hindustani music in New Delhi, India and at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California. In 1997, Ball State University awarded Dr. Wolfe its Outstanding Creative Endeavor award for his CD on music and cosmology entitled Lifting the Veil. He was also a recipient of the 2005 Robert O. Foster faculty award for support of diversity and multicultural programs at Ball State University.

Dr. Wolfe received his Doctorate in Higher Education from Indiana University.From 2002 -2006, he served as Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Ball State University and taught an interdisciplinary class on the history and philosophy of non-violence. Wolfe performs each summer at Chautauqua Institution, where he has taught a class on Christianity and the History of Nonviolence in America. At Chautauqua he has also spoken on the topic Countering Political Extremism. He frequently lectures on topics related to peace education and the role of the arts in the fight against social injustice. His lecture-recital, Music as a Form of Protest, features a video-acoustic composition by Martin Wesley Smith entitled Weapons of Mass Distortion. As a result of his contribution to Peace Studies and his performance of protest music, Professor Wolfe has been recognized by national conservative commentator David Horowitz as one of the “101 most dangerous academics in America.” George Ruckert, MIT world music professor and long-term disciple of sarode artist Ali Akbar Khan, has referred to George Wolfe as “a major musician of our time.”
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School of Music
Hargreaves Music Building (MU) 203
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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