Performing Arts Department Chair
Name: Michael Gend
Office: PAB 3539
Phone: (818) 710-2268
Music Faculty Advisor
Name: Wendy Mazon
Office: MUS 3403A
Phone: (818) 710-2295
Applied Music Instructor
Paul Cotton, Saxophone
A native of Southern California, Paul Cotton (he/ him) is an established performer and instructor in saxophone. Audiences have heard him play around the world in such prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Seoul Performing Arts Center, Nixon Library, Musical Arts Center in Bloomington, Carpenter Center, and numerous university campuses. Passionate about his commitment to new music, Paul has worked with numerous composers to perform their works including the IU New Music Ensemble under the direction of David Dzubay. Recently, his group, Empyrean Quartet, performed new works for saxophone quartet at the 2018 Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference as well as the “Hammer and Nail” project, featuring new works by IU composers. The Empyrean Quartet has also performed Don Freund’s Edge for Saxophone Quartet as featured chamber group in his Compositional Recital. Paul has performed across the nation for numerous events, including the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) and the International Saxophone Symposium hosted by the United States Navy Band.
Bringing his spirit for competition, Paul has won first place in the state round of MTNA young artists solo competition including first in the MTNA chamber music competition. He has performed in Carnegie Hall after winning 1st prize in the International American Protégé solo competition as well as winning 1st Prize in the International Grand Prize Virtuoso Competition in Belgium. Additionally, he won “Woodwind of the Year”, the Martin Figotin Performing Arts Scholarship, and the BCCM concerto competition from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach.
As a pedagogue, Paul regularly teaches woodwinds privately to students all around Southern California. His students have earned top chairs in their music ensembles such as the Pacific Youth Wind Ensemble and SCSBOA honor bands such as All-Southern and All-State. His students have also received scholarships and rewards for their musical achievements and have gone on to prestigious colleges such as Stanford University, University of California Irvine, and other major institutions. He also coaches woodwinds at Colburn School of Music (JYMP) and various middle and high schools around Southern California. Paul is committed to fostering an inclusive environment for all his students. He encourages teaching in various music styles such as classical and jazz performances.
Paul received his Bachelor's in Music (BM) at California State University, Long Beach and his Master's in Music (MM) in Performance at Indiana University. His teachers includes Dr. Otis Murphy, James Barrera, Jay Mason, and Stephanie Getz.