The Zenith Saxophone Quartet is a competitive chamber music ensemble from Central Michigan University. Since its founding in 2015, Zenith holds a remarkable passion for friendship, performance, and development of the musical community.
Zenith is actively involved in the development of chamber music performance dynamics through memorization and artistic staging. A story is told through each performance, creating a unique experience for the audience. A mission of the quartet is to perform music from a wide array of time periods and compositional styles.
As sophomore undergraduates, Zenith advanced to the quarterfinals of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Additional performances include the Music Teacher’s National Association Chamber Music Competition, the Region Five North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, Central Michigan University’s Honors Recitals, and masterclasses for Christopher Creviston, the Chicago Saxophone Quartet, the H2 Quartet, David Maslanka, and Nobuya Sagawa. Recently, Zenith won first place in the State and Division rounds of the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition, and placed second in the country at the National round at the Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The quartet also advanced to the semifinal round of the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition.
Parker Fritz is a saxophonist and composer. Growing up in west Michigan, Parker discovered a deep interest in music performance, composition, and education. His early original music has been performed in the United States, South Korea, Europe, and Brazil, and he is fulfilling commissions for solos and chamber music from peers and professionals. He is currently studying saxophone with John Nichol and composition with Evan Ware at Central Michigan University, where he is a Presser Scholar and member of the honors program.
Diego Kieliszewski is an active saxophonist at Central Michigan University, having been passionate about playing music since from age five. Accomplished with both classical and jazz repertoire, Diego is skillful as both a soloist and ensemble member. Diego has been awarded Outstanding Soloist for Central Michigan University Jazz Weekend, a finalist for the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Soloist Competition, and received honorable mention for the Central Michigan University Young Artist Competition. Diego is currently working on completing his undergraduate studies and building his talent in music.
Ben MacDonald, originally from Nashville, Tennessee, is currently pursuing his music education degree from Central Michigan University and is a member of the honors program. Performing as a soloist, he was chosen as the winner of the Patricia Nixon Woodwind Competition and received an honorable mention in the 2018 CMU Concerto Competition. Currently, Ben performs in different ensembles, including the Denali Trio. With teaching as a core value, Ben has many private music students and works with concert and marching bands from across the country. With hopes to further the saxophone repertoire, Ben has commissioned works from up and coming composers.
Taylor Huitema is a music education student at Central Michigan University. As a soloist, Taylor was nominated as a Michigan Youth Arts Festival Outstanding Soloist three times and is a winner of the CMU Young Artist Competition. He enjoys working with young musicians and chamber groups to develop their musicality and their personal artistic identity. Taylor currently serves as the Vice-President of the CMU Saxophone Studio and is a Drum Major in the Chippewa Marching Band.