Canadian saxophonist Justin Massey is an emerging contemporary artist currently based out of Morgantown, WV. Passionate for new music, Justin strives to present modern music in all his performances, often performing on the entire battery of saxophones. To this end, Justin constantly seeks out new repertoire and enjoys working with composers in order to recreate their visions into live performances. Recently, Justin premiered two pieces by Bowling Green composer Jason Charney at the 2015 World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France, featuring saxophone and live electronics. Justin has collaborated with several composers and will be premiering new works by Warren Enstrom and Jacob Sachs-Mishalanie for saxophone and live electronics.
Justin has competed in several international saxophone competitions, and has placed first in the 2013 Canadian Music Competition. In addition to constantly performing around local venues, Justin has performed in the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial and Regional Conferences, the 2012 and 2015 World Saxophone Congresses, and has performed concerts with New Music Edmonton.
Justin is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at West Virginia University. He has also studied at the Conservatoire de Bordeaux, and has earned degrees from Bowling Green State University and the University of Alberta. His primary teachers have included Dr. Michael Ibrahim, Marie-Bernadette Charrier, Dr. John Sampen, Dr. Allison Balcetis, and Dr. William Street.
Justin has received grants from the Edmonton Arts Council, the University of Alberta, and is a recipient of the Government of Alberta Arts Graduate Scholarship. In addition, he is a multi-year recipient of the Winspear Fund Scholarship for Studies in Advanced Classical Music and the Friends of the Anne Burrows Music Foundation Scholarship.