Henning Schroeder

WMU School of Music

The School of Music at Western Michigan University hosts the 51st annual Spring Conference on Wind and Percussion Music on April 4 with public concerts and workshops beginning at 10:30 am, and concluding with a final concert featuring the All-Star Band of top high school wind players and the WMU  Wind Symphony. This year's featured guest composer/conductor is Carter Pann, who was nominated for the 2018 Pulitzer prize for his saxophone quartet, The Mechanics. On Thursday, the WMU Wind Symphony and soloists Brad Wong, clarinet and Henning Schroeder, saxophone will give the regional premiere of Pann's Double Concerto.  Wong, Schroeder, and director of bands Scott Boerma discussed the music and the conference with Cara Lieurance.


Henning Schroeder, who plays baritone saxophone with the renowned Capitol Quartet, is excited to bring the groundbreaking group and a program of fresh new music to the Live and Interactive! series presented by the Bullock Performance Institute at Western Michigan University. Now a professor of saxophone at Ohio Northern University, Schroeder earned a master's degree in saxophone performance at Western Michigan University in the mid-2000s. Schroeder tells Cara Lieurance about becoming the newest member of the Capitol Quartet, and the Pulitzer Prize-nominated work on the program, written for them by Carter Pann.