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Michael Emmert

Adjunct Professor, Saxophone 

Mike Emmert on the saxophone


Contact: (904) 620-2961 



Michael Emmert, a native of Jacksonville, FL, began his dedicated study of music as a high school student at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. During this time, Michael was exposed to a wide variety of musical genres and engagements, like performing with winning ensemble of the 2006 Essentially Ellington Festival competition hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center and featured in the documentary, CHOPS. The foundation of those events led Michael to continue his study of music at the University of North Florida under the tutelage of jazz master, Bunky Green. As a member several performing ensembles in the school, including UNF’s JE1, Michael performed with artists Joe Lovano, Maria Schneider, Dave Douglas, Kurt Elling and many more. In addition to his studies at UNF, Michael was selected to perform with the 2009 Disneyland All-American College Band under the direction of Dr. Ron McCurdy. Michael continued his education, pursuing his master’s degree at William Paterson University and studied privately with Rich Perry and Vincent Herring.

In addition to school related studies, Michael has studied saxophone, flute, clarinet and composition privately with Rhonda Cassano, Dr. Karen Demsey, Laura Dwyer, Dr. Guy Yehuda, Chris Cullen, Dr. Ed Joffe, Bob Sheppard, Sal Lozano, Andy Lamy, Dr. Michael Bovenzi, John Ricci and Dr. Clarence Hines. 

As an educator, Michael has taught as an adjunct with the University of North Florida’s School of Music since 2016, privately for over 8 years and given masterclasses throughout the Southeast United States. 

Through his performing career, Michael has performed at many venues/events, including the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, B.B Kings Club in NYC, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center, the Savannah Jazz Festival and more. Michael has worked or currently works with groups like the Jacksonville Symphony Orchrestra, Marcus Roberts’ Modern Jazz Generation, the JAX Jazz Collective (a local jazz sextet) and frequently as a sideman to local bands. 

Michael Emmert currently holds his B.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of North Florida and M.M. in Jazz Studies from William Paterson University.