New Thread Quartet was formed with the mission to commission and perform impactful new music for the saxophone.  Since 2011 the quartet has commissioned and premiered over 50 new works by composers such as Richard Carrick, Ben Hjertmann, Scott Wollschleger, Taylor Brook, and Emily Koh. NTQ has performed at Weill Recital Hall, The Morgan Library, Roulette, NEC’s Jordan Hall, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Monadnock Music. In 2017 NTQ was the featured guest artist at the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 8 conference at Bridgewater State University, conducting a masterclass, leading a panel discussion “The Ins and Outs of Running an Ensemble”, and performing the featured guest artist final concert. The quartet has conducted workshops, masterclasses, and performed at schools including Peabody Conservatory, University of Virginia, University of Mary Washington, and Montclair State University. NTQ can be heard on the premiere recording of Elliott Sharp’s seminal work Approaching the Arches of Corti for 4 soprano saxophones, released on New World Records, and on their upcoming album Plastic Facts, released on New Focus Records. 

In high demand and recognized for its performance excellence, NTQ has received support from Chamber Music AmericaThe Aaron Copland Fund, the Cary New Music Performance FundNew Music USA, the FROMM Foundation, and the Queens Council on the Arts. NTQ is a presenting partner of Composers Now. Ensemble members are Geoffrey Landman (soprano saxophone), Kristen McKeon (alto saxophone), Erin Rogers (tenor saxophone) and Zach Herchen (baritone saxophone).

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Geoffrey Landman (soprano)

Kristen McKeon (alto) – Originally from the greater Philadelphia area, Kristen currently resides in Queens, New York. She has performed and lectured primarily as a chamber musician and clinician, and is thrilled to be working as a Product Specialist for D’Addario and Company, Inc./Rico Reeds in Long Island—focusing on advanced product development, music education outreach, and artist relations for Rico. In August, 2010, she completed a Master of Music Degree in Saxophone Performance and Pedagogy at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music under the instruction of world renowned saxophonist, Otis Murphy. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she studied with Lynn Klock. Major performances have included several appearances at the Navy Band Saxophone Symposium and the New England Saxophone Symposium, a world premiere of Gabriel Lubell’s He Guards the Vision of the Sunset Sky for Solo Saxophone and String Quintet at the 2010 North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference (Athens, Georgia), and a performance at the 2009 Aeolus International Wind Competition in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Erin Rogers (tenor) – Erin Rogers is a composer and performer based in New York City. Her works have been programmed throughout North America, Europe and Asia with recent performances by the Gotham Ensemble, Anubis Quartet, Jessica Mathaes, Lost Dog Ensemble, IKTUS Quartet, Ursula, and the Warszynski Trio.

Erin is a founding member of thingNY, an exciting new music collective, comprised of composers, instrumentalists and singers. The New Yorker’s Alex Ross described thingNY as “striking an attitude of resistance to mainstream culture,” oscillating between the “sweeter sounds” and the “punishingly loud”. Debuting in October 2006, the new music uber-group has gone on to produce five seasons of experimental music including a radio play by Beckett, a multi-media opera, a comic book album, dozens of premieres, and a complete explanation of TIME.

Erin completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Alberta and received masters degrees in composition and performance from Bowling Green State University.

Zach Herchen (baritone) – Based in New York City, saxophonist Zach Herchen performs contemporary, jazz, and rock music. He has premiered dozens of pieces ranging from Japanese noise rock to jazz tone poems to multimedia works. Recently Zach released his first CD, Emerging Voices, featuring commissioned works for voice and sax with opera singer Elisabeth Halliday. He performs with First Construction, New Thread Sax Quartet, Emerging Voices Project, Rhymes With Opera, Quiet City, and Man Down.

Zach has served on staff at NEC’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice and was an artist-in-resident at Wildacres Retreat. He has performed at BU’s Spectral Summer Professional Performance Workshop, the SEAMUS National Conference, Third Practice Electroacoustic Festival, the 4th International Master-Class for Classical Saxophone, and the Look & Listen Festival. Zach has performed as a soloist in Italy, Sweden, Germany, and at various American institutions.

Zach holds a MM and BM in Saxophone Performance (and BM in Recording Arts Engineering) from The Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University where he received the Richard Franko Goldman Prize for performance. He has studied with Gary Louie, Gary Thomas, Timothy McAllister, Arno Bornkamp, Vincent David, Jan Schulte-Bunert, and Ties Mellema.