Greg Newton grew up in Carrollton, Texas. He began playing saxophone at age eleven studying under the tutelage of Roy Allen Jr. throughout his middle and high school years. Prior to college, his performance resume included selection into the 2011 TMEA 5A All-State Symphonic Band, the Region-24 All-Region Band four times, awarded LISD "Outstanding Soloist" five times in seven years, and winner of the 2011 Hebron High School Annual Concerto Competition. In addition to his success as an individual performer, Greg was a member of the TMEA Texas 5A Honor Band which performed at the 2010 Midwest Clinic in Chicago and the 2011 TMEA Convention in San Antonio. Also, from 2010-11, he was a member of the GDYO Wind Symphony under the direction of Dr. Nicholas Williams.
Greg began composing at age fifteen. He has written numerous works for wind ensemble, orchestra, and various chamber ensembles. In addition to composing original works, he has also arranged a wide variety of music for other instrumental performers.
Recent and notable performance venues for Greg's music include a world premiere at the 2014 National North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Conference at the University of Illinois in Champaign, the GDYO Wind Ensemble and Flute Choir's end-of-the-season concert at the Dallas City Performance Hall in May 2014, a world premiere with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and Wind Symphony's combined concert in March 2014 at the UNT Murchison Performing Arts Center in Denton, TX, the 2013 NASA Regional Conference on the campus of TCU in Forth Worth, TX, the Hebron High School Wind Symphony Spring Concert in 2013, and the Dean's Honors Concert at Baylor University in March of 2013.
Greg holds a BA in music composition from Baylor University. There he was a student of renown composer Dr. Scott McAllister and was a member of the Baylor Saxophone Studio, studying saxophone with Dr. Michael Jacobson. Currently a master's student at the University of Texas at Austin, Greg hopes to receive a Master's degree in music composition by Spring of 2018.
In addition to being a composer/saxophonist, Greg is also an actual person - which means his interests include normal, relatable things. These things include but are not limited to; sports, coffee, animals, words, food, writing, Netflix, human interaction, reading, Mario Kart, current events/issues, and etcetera.
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