J. Wade Irwin, Saxophone & Introduction to Music

J. Wade Irwin, Saxophone & Introduction to MusicStudio: Mason Hall
Phone: (256)-782-5559
Email: jwirvin@jsu.edu

Wade Irvin began teaching applied saxophone and oboe in January, 2017.   He also serves on the faculty of Blue Mountain College teaching applied woodwinds. 

He retired from the University of Mississippi in 2013, after 20 years of teaching studio bassoon & saxophone, chamber ensembles, single reed & double reed methods classes and playing bassoon in the faculty woodwind quintet. Prior to coming to Ole Miss, Dr. Irvin taught studio woodwinds at Mississippi State University (6 yrs.), and served as assistant director of bands at the University of Mississippi (1 yr.), Northeast Mississippi Junior College (5 yrs.) and Itawamba Community College (3 yrs).  During the 2015-16 school year, he served as visiting professor of bassoon at the University of Memphis; and during the 2014-15 school year served as instructor of woodwinds at Northwest Mississippi Community College.

Dr. Irvin holds BS (Music Education) & MM (Woodwind Performance) degrees from Auburn University & the DMA (Bassoon Performance) from the University of Alabama. He has also written a book on learning to read tenor clef published by TrevCo-Varner Music called Tenor Clef and is currently working on a bassoon fundamentals primer.

Dr. Irvin has performed as bassoonist with the following symphonies: Mississippi, Meridian (MS), North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (Tupelo, MS), & Memphis Symphonies.  He has been a solo bassoonist with the Tupelo Symphony and the University of Mississippi Wind Ensemble. His clinics include presentations for the International Double Reed Society, Mississippi Bandmasters' State Clinic, and the Mississippi Music Teachers Association. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he serves as Minister of Music at Anchor Baptist Church.  His wife Judy teaches elementary music in the Oxford School District, and plans to retire in May 2018.