Connor Mikula

"An outstanding musical talent and an impressive saxophone artist, Connor Mikula embraces his art form with the highest standards possible."
--Joseph Lulloff, Professor of Saxophone, Michigan State University


 

Biography

In spring of 2019, Connor joined the “The President’s Own” United States Marine band, as a Staff Sergeant, alto saxophonist. “The President’s Own”, the premier Marine band, is stationed in Washington D.C., where they regularly perform at the White House, in the D.C., area, and across the nation during the band’s annual concert tour.

Connor is an award-winning musician who has performed across the country and also internationally. He has been a featured soloist in a wide range of venues, most notably in Carnegie Hall, premiering Will Healy’s sonata for saxophone and piano. In the summer of 2018 he gave the European premiere of the sonata at the World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia. He has also been a featured soloist with the Lima Symphony Orchestra, the World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France, the New Music Sessions in Cortona, Italy, the Yamaha Young Performing Artist winner’s concert in Emens Hall, Muncie, Indiana, the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, and the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference in Lubbock, Texas.

In 2012 Connor was selected as a Yamaha Young Performing Artist, a national competition which recognizes outstanding young musicians from the world of classical, jazz and contemporary music.

Connor has won competitions in the United States and Europe. His many musical accolades have included being honored as winner of the 2017 National Lima Symphony Orchestra Young Artists Competition; winner of the 2017 Winds and Percussion Division, University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance Concerto Competition; winner of the New Music Sessions solo competition in Cortona, Italy; winner of the Midwest Young Artists Walgreens National Concerto Competition Woodwinds Division; winner of the Norbert Mueller Concerto Competition; winner of the Grand Rapids Symphonic Band Competition; and winner of the Senior Division State and East Central Finals of the MTNA National Concerto Competition.

As a Doctoral student, Connor performed with the Michigan State University Wind Symphony in East Lansing, Michigan and was also a member of the Kynetik saxophone quartet. Established in 2017, Kynetik has been featured at multiple MSU College of Music Wind Symphony concerts.

As a Master’s student at the University of Michigan, Connor was a member of the Adamas Saxophone Quartet, winner of the University’s 2016 Briggs Chamber Music Competition and chosen as the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings’ Young Ensemble in Residence.

Connor is President and Founder of Novus New Music, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the saxophone repertoire and supporting its artists. In this capacity, he has commissioned and premiered numerous additions to the saxophone repertoire.

Connor is the recipient of the prestigious Michigan State University Distinguished Fellowship award; the Sigurd and Jamila Rislov Foundation Scholarship for 2015-2017; University of Michigan, School of Music, Theatre and Dance, Graduate Merit Scholarship, 2015-2017; the Richards Memorial Scholarship, 2014-2015; the Michigan State University, College of Music Scholarship, 2010-2015; the Albert and Sara Case Scholarship, 2010-2014; and the Christopher Memorial Scholarship, 2010.