Nessyah Buder


Dr. Nessyah Buder holds degrees in saxophone performance and music education from Northwestern University (B.M. 2011), ethnomusicology from the University of Miami (M.M. 2013), and saxophone performance from Shenandoah Conservatory (DMA 2016).

She has studied with world-renowned saxophonists Fred Hemke, Dale Underwood, and Timothy Roberts. She holds Teaching Certifications in the states of Illinois and Virginia in the US and in Victoria, Australia. From 2016-2019 she taught elementary general music in Fairfax County Public Schools. In 2016 she helped found the all-women’s music collective, Re-Joyce! which performed in August 2018 as part of the Rosh Chodesh Society’s Art and Soul course. She has participated in numerous jazz, classical, and contemporary music ensembles including the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax Wind Symphony, Doahnamics Saxophone Quartet, Melbourne Saxophone Ensemble, and 100SAX. She has also participated in many music competitions, festivals, clinics, and masterclasses, including the International Saxophone Symposium held annually in Washington, D.C., and the North American Saxophone Alliance quartet competition. She has conducted the Phi Mu Alpha Community Jazz Band, been a marching band clinician, adjudicated for sectionals and all-district band, directed saxophone ensembles, and has taught numerous classes and private students in saxophone, music theory, music history, composition, recorder, piano, voice, flute, trumpet, and guitar. Additionally, while at Northwestern she was the Artistic Director of the Northwestern University Saxophone Ensemble. She is the 2012 University of Miami recipient for the Presser Music Award, which funded her research in Melbourne, Australia, where she studied contemporary Australian saxophone music. Her DMA dissertation on extended techniques in contemporary Australian saxophone music is a continuation of this research, and she is currently pursuing a PhD in musicology at the University of Melbourne to write the history of the saxophone in Australia.