Wolford, Dale E

Wolford, Dale E

Lecturer AY-B, Music & Dance


Preferred: dale.wolford@sjsu.edu


Preferred: (408) 924-4633

Office Hours

Thursdays 8:30-9:20am


  • Master of Science, CSU-East Bay, 1981
  • Bachelor of Music, Music, CSU-San Jose, United States, 1978


Dale Wolford has been hailed by critics nationwide for his “great sound and phrasing…the melodic lines soulfully tear at your heartstrings.” (Saxophone Journal), "fresh and expressive, with genuine impulses of feeling." (San Francisco Chronicle) Working with pianist Ivan Rosenblum for over 20 years, as the Wolford/Rosenblum Duo, Dale 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. Dale is also 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, Bernadette Peters, Composer’s Inc, 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, San Jose Symphonie, Sun Valley orchestras and as a soloist with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Currently on the faculty of San Jose State University and University of California, Berkeley, Dale has also taught at 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.