Yamaha Performing Artist Dr. Jeffery Kyle Hutchins is active as a soloist, chamber musician, improviser, and performance artist. Praised for his “formidable technique” and “enviable uniformity of tone” (The Saxophone Symposium), Hutchins has performed in Asia, Europe and North America. He has recorded on Avid Sound Records, Emeritus Records, GIA Publications, Farpoint Recordings, and Klavier Records, and has been awarded grants and competition prizes from DOWNBEAT, Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA), Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation, and New Music USA, among others. As an advocate of new music, Hutchins has premiered over seventy new works for the saxophone, and regularly performs with groups 113 (One Thirteen), AVIDduo, Binary Canary, Renegade Ensemble, and Strains New Music Ensemble. Hutchins received the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Minnesota where he was a recipient of the prestigious Berneking Fellowship and student of Eugene Rousseau. He has degrees in Music Education and Saxophone Performance from the University of North Texas where he studied with Eric Nestler. Dr. Hutchins teaches saxophone at Virginia Tech and directs the VT Jazz Lab Band.