Kent O'Doherty

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Name: Kent O’Doherty

Instrument: Soprano and Tenor Saxophone

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

teachers:  Graeme Shilton and  Tom de Vette...I’m pretty sure I was a real pain

When I was a teenager: I discovered that you can do whatever you want in music.  There are no rules except the ones that you want.

The saxophone is: My truest form of expressing myself.

Practice is: Where I confront and try to move beyond all the positives and negatives.

Performing is:  Where trust and joy intersect

My best ideas come when: I am honest and walking my dog

The music that has meant the most to me: Music that does not apologize for itself and displays the utmost vulnerability of its’ creator.

I chose the saxophone: Because I did not want to play the clarinet and it was shiny

Fear is:  What you need to know when you’re moving in the right direction

Change is: Constant……and necessary

I never understood: Why someone would want to look, sound, act or be like someone else

What makes me happy:  Being my best self to others and uncompromising with myself


I always:  Have to do things my way….it never really feels right to use things I did not discover – even if someone has already found them 100 years ago

When I am stuck: I go small and then smaller

Discipline is:  Is what got me here and will get me to where I am going

I will thank: The people who have hurt me as much as the people who have helped me…almost as much

My future will be: A combination of skill and luck…