Saxophonist Jeff Siegfried featured in ‘Welcome Home’ concert

Saxophonist Jeff Siegfried will be the featured performer at the Bellingham Festival of Music’s “Welcome Home” concert, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2600 Lakeway Drive.

Now in its fifth year, the concert is an annual event that highlights local young musicians whose Bellingham music education led them to a conservatory or other higher education music program. It focuses on musicians who are attempting to follow their passion and make a career in the difficult field of music.

Siegfried, a Bellingham native, began studying saxophone at age 10 and received crucial guidance from area teachers Mark Kelly and Ray Downey. He also studied clarinet with Western Washington University’s Ryan Dudenbostel.

Siegfried attended Sehome High School, where he participated in band, orchestra, choir and jazz band. He was also an active member of the Mount Baker Youth Symphony, where, as a winner of the concerto competition, he performed Pierre Max Dubois’s “Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra.” During that period, he also participated in the Seattle Conservatory of Music and the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra.

He completed his high school degree at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and received his bachelor of music degree at Arizona State University and his master of music degree at Northwestern University, with both degrees for saxophone performance. He is pursuing a master of music in musicology at Northwestern, where he is a graduate assistant in music theory.

At the concert he will perform works by Bach, Franck and Albright, and maybe some jazz and tango.

Suggested donation for adults is $15; students are admitted free. Proceeds benefit the festival’s Music’s Music in the Schools. Details: bellinghamfestival.org.