College of Musical Arts
Associate Professor (trumpet); Coordinator of Brass Area
1069 Moore Musical Arts Center
Charles Saenz has developed a reputation as a performer who is equally versed in a variety of musical idioms. A review of his most recent recital tour describes his playing as “seductive subtlety” and having “perfect agility and character”. “Charles plays with confidence, accuracy, and wonderful musicianship”. Mr. Saenz has performed with such ensembles as the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, the Toledo Symphony, the Tower Brass Quintet, the Sinfonia da Camera of Illinois, The Champaign-Urbana Symphony, the Illinois and Nebraska Brass Quintets, and the Omaha Big Band. He is active as an adjudicator/clinician and has presented master classes in Illinois, Michigan, Alabama, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Carolina, and New Mexico.
An active performer at international venues, Mr. Saenz has presented recitals and master classes in China, Inner Mongolia, Thailand, and Brazil. Other performances include the Burgos Chamber Music Festival in Burgos, Spain and the Exploring Brass Ensembles workshop in Kalavrita and Athens, Greece. In 2011, he was a featured artist at the Fifth International Trumpet Festival of China held in Shenyang, China. Of this recital, the International Trumpet Guild wrote, “Saenz has superb control of the instrument and performs with astonishing sensitivity with regard to phrasing, dynamics, and nuance. It was well worth crossing an ocean to hear!” In January 2012, he was featured as a soloist at the annual conference of the New Mexico Music Educators Association. Other recent recital engagements include the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Wright State University, Central Michigan University, and the University of South Carolina.
Mr. Saenz is the recipient of various awards including first prize in the 1994 International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition. He is associate professor of trumpet and coordinator of brass and percussion at Bowling Green State University. Prior to his BGSU appointment, he was on the faculty of the University of Nebraska Omaha where he served as coordinator of brass studies and instructor of trumpet. Saenz holds degrees from New Mexico State University and the University of Illinois.