Department of Performing Arts: Music
Associate Professor of Music
Coordinator, Master of Music
Phone: (541) 552-6538
Office: MU 209
E-Mail: purslowv @ sou.edu
BM, 1981, University of the Pacific
MA, 1991, California State University Sacramento
EdD, 1996, University of the Pacific
Dr. Vicki Purslow (born 1963) is an American saxophonist and arranger. She has played with Mel Torme, Joe Williams, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Mary Wilson, The Funk Brothers, and various other bands. Presently, she is tenor saxophonist with the Mazama Saxophone Quartet.
Purslow was born in the San Francisco Bay Area. She began studying guitar from Joe Bruhl at age 7. At age 11 she began learning the tenor saxophone, and two years later the clarinet. Purslow was always interested in arranging, starting with vocal jazz arrangements inspired by the Manhattan Transfer. In 1985, after graduating from the University of Pacific Conservatory of Music, she started her professional career as a middle school teacher, and later as a college band director. Purslow is now an associate professor of music at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon.
A published arranger, her works include pieces for saxophone and clarinet ensembles of all sizes and ability levels. She frequently arranges for the Siskiyou Saxophone Orchestra, conducted by Professor Rhett Bender of Southern Oregon University; the University of West Georgia Saxophone Ensemble, conducted by Professor John Bluel; and Sichuan Conservatory of Music’s saxophone ensembles, conducted by Associate Professor Yusheng Li. Her arrangements, most of which are published by Watchdog Music Publishers, have enjoyed international debuts in Ashland, Oregon; Carrollton, Georgia; Paris, France; and Shanghai, China. Purslow also composed an original score for the play Bone: Dying Into Life.