Bob Eason is currently an Associate Instructor of Saxophone at Indiana University and a doctoral student studying with Dr. Otis Murphy. He has performed with the Jacobs School of Music Wind Ensemble under the direction of Professor Stephen Pratt and he is the Soprano Saxophonist of the Kenari Quartet. He holds a master’s degree in saxophone performance from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in music education from The University of Houston, where he studied with Mr. Dan Gelok, Mrs. Valerie Vidal, and Dr. Karen Wylie. Throughout his accomplished career as a chamber musician, he was won top prizes at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition (2014), J.C. Arriaga Chamber Music Competition (2013), Plowman Chamber Music Competition (2008, 2013), Chesapeake Bay International Chamber Music Competition (2014), and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition (2011, 2013, 2015). Bob has performed several times as a result of various competitions and was recently a semi-finalist in the 4th Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2012 Bob won 3rd prize in the North American Saxophone Alliance Solo Competition, and in 2006 he won the Moores School of Music's Concerto Competition at the University of Houston and performed Jacques Ibert’s Concertino da Camera.
A native of Houston, Bob founded the Young Saxophonist’s Institute and continues to teach summer camps in the Houston and Dallas/Ft. Worth areas for middle school and high school saxophonists. Bob is truly blessed with the support of an amazing family and wonderful friends.
His professional affiliations include the North American Saxophone Alliance, Texas Music Educators Association, Kappa Kappa Psi, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. In addition to the teachers mentioned above, Bob feels incredibly fortunate to have been mentored by Otis Murphy, Dan Gelok, Karen Wylie, Valerie Vidal, Eddie Green, John Benzer, David Bertman, Noe Marmolejo, Tom Bennett, Gregory Dick, Robert Munoz, Theron Sharp, Julio Sanchez, Aaron Brown, Martin Langford, and Chris Patterson.