Associate Professor of Saxophone Connie Frigo joined the UGA faculty in 2011 and is thrilled to call Athens home. She has worn many hats as a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, columnist, and founder of numerous festivals. She thrives on interdisciplinary work that allows people to discover the common ground that exists between disciplines.
Highlights of Dr. Frigo’s career include six years with the premiere U.S. Navy Band, Washington, D.C., a position she won as a junior in college; seven years touring nationally as the baritone saxophonist with the New Century Saxophone Quartet; and faculty positions at the Universities of Tennessee, Maryland and Ithaca College. She is a Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands, where she studied with Dutch virtuoso Arno Bornkamp. She has been an invited guest artist at numerous universities across the country. She has served as Coordinator of Competitions and Program Chair for the North American Saxophone Alliance biennial conferences.
Frigo’s students have won concerto, young artist, and chamber music competitions at regional and national levels. At the U. of Tenn., she was voted Distinguished Teacher of the Year by the student body. At UGA, she is working with the Torrance Center for Creativity to measure the impact creativity can have on the learning and teaching of classical music.
Frigo is a Henri Selmer Paris artist and D’Addario artist. Her degrees are from Ithaca College (BM), U. of Illinois (MM), Conservatorium van Amsterdam and U. of South Carolina (DMA). Her teachers are Steven Mauk, Debra Richtmeyer, Arno Bornkmap and Clifford Leaman.