Russell Veirs
concert saxophonist




California Bay-Area native Russell Veirs began saxophone studies in elementary school. He pursued music studies at Diablo Valley College, where he performed in its Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Workshop and jazz combos. He began private saxophone instruction at the University of California, Davis under Dr. Keith Bohm, where he performed in the school’s Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra, and Saxophone Quartet. Veirs continued his studies with Dr. Bohm at California State University, Sacramento, where he completed his Master of Music degree, and served as saxophonist for the CSUS Symphony Orchestra, principle saxophonist of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and member of the CSUS Saxophone Quartet. In 2007, he was runner-up in the CSUS Festival of New American Music Performers Competition; he was a finalist in the same competition in 2006. In 2007 he appeared as a soloist with the CSUS Symphonic Wind Ensemble. He also had the opportunity to assist with coaching both the UC Davis and CSU Sacramento saxophone quartets.


Veirs earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance at UCLA, studying with Dr. Douglas Masek. At UCLA, he performed in numerous woodwind chamber ensembles, the Camarades string chamber ensemble, and UCLA’s contemporary music ensemble, Contempo Flux. A winner of UCLA's "All-Star Concerto Competition", he appeared as a soloist with the UCLA Philharmonia in 2012. Veirs has assisted in teaching the woodwind methods course for music education majors and has assisted in coaching the UCLA woodwind chamber ensembles.


Outside of his formal education, Dr. Veirs has appeared as a guest artist, clinician, and chamber musician throughout California. He has had the privilege of premiering numerous works by California based composers and in 2006 recorded for the soundtrack to the documentary Out of the Past. He was recently selected as a winner of the 2014 Beverly Hills Audition. During the 2015-2016 academic year at UCLA, the Barefoot Trio (a saxophone/violin/piano trio in which Dr. Veirs is a founding member) served as an ensemble-in-residence. Dr. Veirs is currently active as a chamber musician and soloist in Southern California and offers private instruction in the Los Angeles area.