Lois Hicks-Wozniak - Principal Saxophone


Lois Wozniak

Lois Hicks-Wozniak is an active concert saxophonist in the New York Metropolitan and the Hudson Valley region. Among her many awards is the Special Presentation Winners Recital Series, sponsored by Artists International Presentations. As her prize, she performed her New York Recital Debut at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall.

Lois Hicks-Wozniak is an active concert saxophonist in the New York Metropolitan and the Hudson Valley region. Among her many awards is the Special Presentation Winners Recital Series, sponsored by Artists International Presentations. As her prize, she performed her New York Recital Debut at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. From 1996-2004 she served active duty in the U.S. Army as a saxophonist with the United States Military Academy Band at West Point and with the West Point Saxophone Quartet. She was a featured soloist at the World Saxophone Congress 2000 in Montreal, where she performed the Glazunov Concerto with the West Point Concert Band. She can be heard on her recording Playback: Music for Saxophone and Bass Trombone with Matthew Wozniak, bass trombone and Nadine Shank, piano and on the West Point Saxophone Quartet CD, Fault Lines, and her performances have been broadcast on New York public radio. She resigned her position in the Army to take on her most prized role as proud mom of four terrific children (two sets of twins!)

In November 2007, as a subscription series soloist with the Ridgewood (NJ) Concert Band, she presented the east coast premiere of the Concerto for Soprano Sax and Wind Ensemble by John Mackey. As artist-in-residence at Mississippi State University, she performed the Mississippi premiere of Dream Dancer for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble by Michael Colgrass. She has been a guest of the Ithaca College Saxophone Society where she presented a recital and clinic. She is currently principal saxophonist with the Ridgewood (NJ) Concert Band, and she has performed with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, the Greater Newburgh Symphony, the Lawton Philharmonic, the Pone New Music Ensemble and the Dallas Wind Symphony, to include their recording, Fiesta! She maintains an active schedule as a performer and clinician, participating in festivals such as the Hudson Valley Bachfest, and appearing as guest soloist with high school, university and community ensembles to include the Westchester Symphonic Winds, Ridgewood High School Bands, Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan, and the Teaneck Community Band. As a freelance musician, she has shared the stage with diverse acts from Manhattan Transfer to Milton Berle. Additionally, as a vocal soloist she has sung Broadway, pop, country, jazz and light opera selections.

Ms. Hicks-Wozniak was a featured soloist at the Caramoor Music Festival with the Westchester Symphonic Winds, she has presented an east coast recital series with pianist, Nadine Shank, titled "The Well-Traveled Saxophone." Additionally, in February 2014, she was a featured soloist along with internationally acclaimed saxophonist, Kenneth Tse for the Ridgewood Concert Band’s "Saxophone Spectacular." Presenting a preview performance of David Kirkland Garner’s Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble, she gave encore performances of this tour de force at the 2014 New Jersey Music Educators Association Convention and the 2014 Association of Concert Bands Convention.

She has studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy, the University of North Texas and the Florida State University, and her teachers include Dr. Frederick L. Hemke, Patrick Meighan and Debra Richtmeyer. She is currently on the faculty at the New England Music Camp, where she teaches saxophone, and she is an adjunct professor of music at Marist College and the State University of New York at New Paltz. During fall semester 2015 Ms. Hicks-Wozniak was visiting saxophone instructor at Susquehanna University. She maintains a private piano and saxophone studio, and she teaches Spinning and other exercise classes at her local gym.