Jeffrey Loeffert serves as Associate Professor of Saxophone at Oklahoma State University. During the summer months, Loeffert teaches at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan, the Great Plains Saxophone Workshop in Oklahoma, New Music on the Point in Vermont, and the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. A dedicated teacher, Loeffert recently received the Oklahoma State University College of Arts & Sciences Junior Faculty Award for Scholarly Excellence, the Wise-Diggs-Berry Award for Teaching Excellence, and the Friends of Music Distinguished Music Professor Award.
Loeffert is a very active chamber musician. As a founding member of the h2 quartet, Loeffert has won numerous chamber music prizes including First Place at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, First Place at the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, and First Place at the Union Française des Artistes Musiciens Chamber Music Competition (France), among others. Loeffert is featured on ten commercially available discs and a DVD, as well as on a PBS television episode of Backstage Pass. His recording of Groove Canon by Marc Mellitus was recently used as the monologue theme music for the Broadway show The Heidi Chronicles, starring Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Jason Biggs (Orange is the New Black).
Loeffert has performed at such prestigious venues as the Avalon Theatre in Easton, Maryland; the Canker Dom in Ljubljana, Slovenia; Clowes Hall in Indianapolis, Indiana; the Guarnerius Center for the Performing Arts in Belgrade, Serbia; the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland; the Sarajevo Music Academy in Sarajevo, Bosnia; the Times Center and Merkin Hall in New York City; and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California; in addition to university recital halls across the country. An advocate of new music, Loeffert has premiered works by Drew Baker, Ross Bauer, Karl Blench, Sy Brandon, Thomas Dempster, Antoine Fachard, Benjamin Fuhrman, Takuma Itoh, Igor Karača, David MacDonald, John Mackey, Marc Mellitus, Victor Marquez-Barrios, Roger W. Petersen, Forrest Pierce, David Rakowski, Jesse Ronneau, Billy Ryan, Matthew Schoendorff, Greg Steinke, Timothy Stuhlman, Tina Tallon, Amy Williams, Kevin Wilt, and Daniel Wohl, among others.
Loeffert's saxophone students at Oklahoma State University have advanced to the national final round of the Music Teachers National Association competition in five out of the last six years, most recently placing 2nd in the chamber music division and 3rd in the young artist soloist division. His student chamber ensembles have placed in the final round of the North American Saxophone Alliance Saxophone Quartet Competition and recently received an invitation to perform at the Midwest Clinic in Chicago.
Loeffert graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Music double major in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Studies. At Northwestern, Loeffert won the Program Honors Award for his graduating class. A Frank Huntington Beebe Scholar, Loeffert studied in Paris at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Cergy-Pontoise where he received the Médaille d'Or à l'Unanimité - Saxophone, and the Médaille d'Or à l'Unanimité - Musique de Chambre. Loeffert also studied at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt where he received the diploma Cycle d'Orientation Professionnel with an emphasis in contemporary music. Loeffert completed graduate studies at Michigan State University (MSU) as the recipient of a University Distinguished Fellowship. He received a Master of Music degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance as well as a Master of Music degree in Music Theory Pedagogy. At MSU, he was awarded the Paul Harder Award for music theory and composition.
Loeffert is a Yamaha and Vandoren Performing Artist and plays exclusively on Yamaha saxophones and Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces, and ligatures.