Professor Dale Wolford has been hailed by critics nationwide for his “great sound and phrasing…the melodic lines soulfully tear at your heartstrings” (Saxophone Journal), and for being “fresh and expressive, with genuine impulses of feeling” (San Francisco Chronicle).
Professor Wolford is currently a member of the Premiere Saxophone Quartet, dedicated to promoting new music for the saxophone quartet via performances and recordings. He has also performed and/or recorded with Philip Glass, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Bernadette Peters, Santa Cruz New Music Works, the Morosco Saxophone Quartet, the San Francisco Saxophone Quartet, the Nuclear Whales Saxophone Orchestra, and is a frequent guest soloist with area orchestras and bands. He has performed in the San Francisco Symphony, San Jose Symphony, Sun Valley Symphony, and as a soloist with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra in San Francisco as well as on tour to Copenhagen, New York, and Chicago.
Working with pianist Ivan Rosenblum for over twenty five years as the Wolford/Rosenblum Duo, Professor Wolford has premiered many new works, including the Sonata for Saxophone & Piano by Gunther Schuller. The Duo has released two compact discs, including Laughter and Tears--A Jewish Saga on the Centaur label.
He has a Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from San José State University and a Master of Arts degree in Saxophone Performance from California State University, Hayward (East Bay). His teachers included William Trimble, Sigurd Rascher, and Victor Morosco. Professor Wolford has also taught at University of California--Berkeley, University of the Pacific; California State University, East Bay; California State University, Stanislaus; and Chabot College. In addition, he has been a board member for both the California Music Educators Bay Section and the Music Teachers Association of California. He is currently a Yamaha Performing Artist.