Our Past Director

Mr. Casey Emerson

Casey Emerson is a graduate of the University of Idaho, where he received bachelor’s degrees in music education and composition, and a master’s degree in saxophone performance. Mr. Emerson has performed throughout the northwest in various ensembles including chamber groups, jazz bands, and as a soloist. As a member of the Silver Saxophone Quartet, Casey was asked to perform at the MENC NW Division Biennial Conference in Spokane, WA in February 2009. During his time at the university, Casey was also a member of the prestigious Jazz Band I, where he had the opportunity to play on stage with artists such as Dick Oatts, Claudio Roditi, John Clayton, Gerald Clayton and Jeff Hamilton.

Casey’s recent projects include a recording session with the Alloy Saxophone Quartet for two recently released albums, one containing the music of Viennese composer Nancy Van de Vate, and another for composer Alan Blank. He taught for three years at Hawthorne Middle School and currently teaches at Highland High School. He also teaches privately in the Pocatello and Idaho Falls area and has performed with the Jazz House Big Band, the Idaho State Civic Symphony, as a member of the Fifth Wheel Jazz Combo, and in various opera pits, chamber groups, and musical productions.

His teachers include Yiannis Miralis, Jim Pisano, Vanessa Sielert, and Vern Sielert and he has performed in masterclasses with Eugene Rousseau and Dick Oatts. He has also studied arranging and composition with Dan Bukvich and Robert Dickow.

Casey is a native of southern Idaho. He was born in Pocatello and finished high school in Jerome.