"Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever." – Daniel 12:3
Warner Pacific College is honored to recognize Randall Hall '91 with the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award for Professional Achievement. Randall is an award-winning musician, educator, and clinician whose is considered one of the leading interpreters of contemporary music for saxophone. Randall's musical styles range from classical to cutting-edge electronic. He has performed in concert halls in North America, Europe, and Asia, and has worked with some of the most innovative composers for the saxophone working today.
Since 2005, Randall has served as an assistant professor of music at Augustana College, in Rock Island, Ill, where he teaches saxophone, improvisation and composition, music theory, and woodwind methods, among other subjects. He has also recorded two solo CDs and a third recording as a member of the duo "Pendulum."
Randall graduated magna cum laude from Warner Pacific in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in music education and music studies. During his time at the college, he was active in the wind ensemble and jazz band, and also served as a counselor at the college's summer music camp. Randall said the Warner Pacific music department sparked a curiosity about music in all of its aspects.
Following Warner Pacific, Randall earned a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, in Boston, in 1994. He then received a Fulbright Scholarship to study classical saxophone at a conservatory in Paris, France, where he developed a more avant-garde, percussive playing technique.
After leaving France, Randall earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, NY, in 2002. Randall has given lectures and master-classes on aesthetic and technical issues of new music at institutions like Harvard University, Cornell University, the Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory, the Luxembourg Conservatory, and the World Saxophone Congress.
Randall's many awards and honors include the Frank Huntington Beebe Grant, the Enocre Grant from the American Composers Forum, the Presser Music Award, and Artist Residency at the Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music in Amsterdam. Randall has few peers in a niche that demands both technical mastery and remarkable inventiveness. His work is an inspiration to students and musicians, alike. Therefore, in recognition of his notable professional achievements and his dedication to serving others through education, Warner Pacific is pleased to welcome Randall Hall into the circle of distinguished alumni, this day, Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011.