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Dr. Carolyn J. Bryan

Professor Saxophone

Phone: 912-478-5669


B.M.E., Baldwin-Wallace College
M.M., Indiana University
D.M., Indiana University

About Dr. Bryan

Carolyn J. Bryan received her doctoral and master’s degrees in saxophone literature and performance from Indiana University and her bachelor of music education degree summa cum laude from Baldwin-Wallace College. Her teachers include Eugene Rousseau, Daniel Deffayet, and Galan Kral.

Bryan has performed and lectured at the 12th World Saxophone Congress, the American University Saxophone Symposium, conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) and meetings of the Florida and Minnesota Music Educators Associations. Her ensemble, The Arden Duo, with soprano Sandra McClain, performed at NASA meetings in 1998, 2002, and 2004; at the 13th World Saxophone Congress; and at the Festival of Women Composers International in 2001 and 2004. Actively commissioning and arranging new literature for voice and saxophone, The Arden Duo also appears on college and university recital series throughout the Southeast.

Bryan’s research has focused on developmental literature for the saxophone and music by American women composers. She was a contributor to Women and Music in America Since 1900 and to Yamaha’s Educator Series. Bryan has been involved in various orchestral, chamber, and solo premiers and recorded with the Winds of Indiana on Eugene Rousseau’s CD Saxophone Vocalise and the Savannah Jazz Orchestra’s 2000 release, Satin Doll.

A leader in Departmental and University study abroad programs, Bryan has taught The Holocaust in Art and Music for the University System of Georgia’s summer programs in Bonn, Germany, and Paris, the Center for International Studies’ Czech program, and three Music International Studies academic residencies. The Holocaust Educational Foundation selected her as a fellow of the 11th Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization. Bryan has also been recognized with the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Award for Excellence, a CLASS Award of Distinction in Teaching, and membership in Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda.

Last updated: 12/14/2023