Saxophone instructor, Leo Saguiguit, wins 2016 Faculty-Alumni Award

Susan Worstell

MU School of Music’s saxophone instructor, Professor Leo Saguiguit, is honored to be among one of 8 people to receive the 2016 Faculty-Alumni Award.  The awards, begun in 1968, recognize the achievements of faculty and alumni. Faculty are considered for their work as teachers, administrators and researchers. Saguiguit keeps busy teaching and performing as a soloist and chamber musician worldwide.  He has received several prestigious awards and has recorded six CDs with the professional wind ensemble Philharmonia à Vent as well as solo and chamber music with many other groups.

Saguiguit was surprised to win the award.   He commented, “I was very honored to be nominated by the SOM [School of Music] awards committee, but I didn't think I stood a chance to receive the award.  I had read about some of the past recipients and their many impressive accomplishments.  I'm certainly humbled to be included among these past winners.  It means a lot to me because my peers nominated me for this, and a few of my former students and colleagues were asked to write supporting letters for me.  I credit this honor to all my students at Mizzou who have helped to create a culture of hard work, high quality, perseverance, and community in the saxophone studio for the past 15 years I've been here.  They have inspired me to continue to be a better musician, teacher, and person.  I also want to credit my faculty colleagues for their collaborative artistry and friendship and the support provided by the resources of the School of Music and the University.”

Saguiguit’s students have won numerous state, regional, and national competitions and credit his strong teaching for much of their success.  Barry Watson, a Masters in Saxophone Performance student, states, “Prof. Saguiguit has the ability, either for an individual or the entire saxophone choir, to elevate the level of musicality. He helps me think about music on a different level.”  His colleagues enjoy his high quality teaching and collegiality.  Prof. Dan Willett states, “Professor Saguiguit has consistently demonstrated commitment to his students and their futures, and this is reflected in their level of quality and achievement. To his colleagues, he is positive and supportive---a joy to work with. He is a valuable asset to the School of Music and MU.”  New faculty member Dr. Wesley Warnhoff adds, "As a new member of the faculty, it is wonderful to see how Leo has been able to sustain excellence as both a performer and educator here at the University of Missouri.  Not only is he on top of his field, but he is also a gracious human being and a wonderful colleague."

The School of Music is proud to have so many dedicated, talented instructors and are pleased to see Prof. Saguiguit recognized for his excellent work.  Saguiguit will officially receive the award at a reception on November 11, 2016 in the Reynolds Alumni Center.