- Oliphant Hall B03
- (714) 744-7023
- California State University, Fullerton, Bachelor of Arts in Music Education
Gary Matsuura, professor of saxophone, jazz improvisation, Lecturer in Woodwind Pedagogy and Director of the Chapman University Saxophone Ensemble is in his 21st year at Chapman University. He established the curriculum for classical and jazz saxophone studies as well as Jazz@Chapman. As a performer, Gary was a featured soloist in a performance with Celine Dion and Rosie O'Donnell in the Celine Dion Christmas Special, “These Are Special Times” shown on CBS. In addition, he has played back-up to such entertainers as Helen O'Connell, the Temptations and the Four Tops. His woodwind artistry can be heard on various recordings of jazz and pop artists. As a composer and arranger, his works have been performed by professional symphony orchestras, Big Bands, vocalists, university and high school ensembles. In addition to private studies in jazz improvisation with jazz legend Phil Woods, he also holds a Diploma in Composition and Arranging from the Grove School of Music and a Bachelors of Arts in Music Education from California State University, Fullerton.