ABOUT NATHANAEL






Nathanael Ankeny
is an active saxophonist and passionate music educator. He is an assistant professor of music at George Fox University, where he directs the jazz ensemble and teaches applied saxophone, jazz appreciation, and aural skills. He is also the
director of the Sherwood High School Jazz Ensemble II. Nathanael enjoys teaching  saxophone, clarinet, and jazz improvisation to private students of all ages and abilities, and is a regular clinician and adjudicator at area schools and festivals.

Nathanael attended Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, earning a BA in both jazz and classical saxophone performance. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in music from Eastern Washington University, where he was a Graduate Teaching Assistant. His teachers have included Todd DelGiudice, David Fague, Sylvia Baker, Brent Edstrom, Dan Keberle, and Rob Tapper.

Nathanael has received recognition for his playing in various idioms, including being featured as a soloist with the Spokane Symphony as a winner of the Musicfest Northwest Young Artist Competition. As a jazz musician he won first place in the alto saxophone division at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, and has played professionally with the Bob Curnow Big Band and the Spokane Jazz Orchestra. He has shared the stage with jazz luminaries Kenny Garrett, Wycliffe Gordon, Eric Reed, Robin Eubanks, Byron Stripling, John Clayton, Benny Green, Matt Wilson, Allan Chase and Terence Blanchard. Nathanael currently performs in the greater Portland area with various jazz groups and as a leader of his own jazz combo, and resides in Newberg with his wife and three children.