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Described by Eugene Rousseau as, “a talented saxophonist,” Jason T. Laczkoski is an experienced performer, conductor, and educator. Jason has presented numerous solo and chamber recitals throughout the United States in addition to frequent appearances at North American Saxophone Alliance conferences and the International Navy Saxophone Symposium. He has performed with both collegiate and high school orchestras as a featured soloist.

Laczkoski studied saxophone with Dr. Joseph Murphy at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. While completing a bachelor’s degree in music, with a minor in education, he won both the annual Mansfield University concerto competition and the Pennsylvania MTNA young artist competition.

Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, Laczkoski went on to earn a master’s degree in saxophone performance from the University of Iowa where he studied with world renowned saxophonist Dr. Kenneth Tse. He was awarded the saxophone teaching assistantship during this time and also went on to win the Iowa MTNA young artist competition. Jason remained at the University of Iowa for his doctoral studies. Jason is ABD and expects completion of this degree in the near future. In addition to his saxophone studies at Iowa, Jason completed a secondary area in conducting, studying with Myron Welch and Richard Mark Heidel.

An advocate of new music, Jason is constantly seeking out composers who write both intellectual and beautiful music. He has commissioned music by such composers as Ian Stewart, Sy Brandon, David DeBoor Canfield, Baljinder Sekhon, John Griffin, and Josh Gottry. Jason is an active member of the North American Saxophone Alliance. He is a Yamaha Performing Artist and performs exclusively on Yamaha saxophones. Jason is an E. Rousseau Mouthpiece Artist and performs exclusively on E. Rousseau mouthpieces.


Brett Cooper, a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is the Senior Development Associate and Volunteer Services Coordinator at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is a pianist and organist at Westminster Presbyterian Church and is pursuing his master’s degree in piano performance at the University of South Dakota as a student of Dr. Susan Keith Gray.

Mr. Cooper is a graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where he received the Distinction in Accompanying and Collaborative Keyboard Performance Award and was a recipient of the Theodore Presser Award. Mr. Cooper is an enthusiastic pianist/accompanist in the region and has worked with a variety of students and ensembles. Recent collaborative partners include Augustana University, the University of South Dakota, Opera South Dakota, the Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra, and the Singing Boys of Sioux Falls.

Brett and his wife Laura reside in Sioux Falls with their dog Stella and they are founding members of the White Spruce Chamber Players, a South Dakota-based ensemble showcasing accessible chamber music for strings and piano.

The NMM Live! Series is made possible by the USD Student Government Association and the South Dakota Arts Council through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

This program is free of cost for NMM Members!


If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate, please contact Disability Services at least 48 hours before an event. Students and the public can contact Disability Services at 605-658-3745 or Faculty and staff should contact Human Resources at 605-658-3660.

Friday, March 29, 2024 at 5:00:00 PM UTC

NMM Live! | Jason Laczkoski & Brett Cooper

A live stream of this concert will be available to watch for free on our website. Please visit the NMM Live Video page to tune in if you cannot join us in person!




Our brand new first-floor galleries are officially OPEN! The wait is finally over - come see the NEW NMM. Information on the galleries, hours, and more can be found on the VISIT & LEARN and EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS pages!

Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10am to 4pm, stop in to see our seven new galleries, concerts, events, and more! 

The Jason & Betsy Groves Special Exhibitions Gallery is OPEN! Come explore our current special exhibition HIGH STRUNG: FIVE CENTURIES OF STRINGED KEYBOARD INSTRUMENTS.



the NMM will be CLOSED until TUESDAY, 1/16

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