Tina Claussen is the Director of Jazz Studies at Drury University, where she also teaches saxophone and directs the Drury Jazz Festival. Dr. Claussen is an active performer in the Springfield and Branson areas performing regularly in musicals, shows and as a member of various small and large jazz ensembles. She has performed in Branson as part of the Les Brown Band of Renown and most recently as a member of the orchestra for the Branson premiere season of the “All Hands on Deck Show”.  She is a member of the Missouri Jazz Orchestra and performs regularly with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.  Dr. Claussen is an active composer writing for big bands and small jazz combos. Her compositions have been performed by KU Jazz Ensemble I, the KU Jazz Workshop faculty band, the Drury Jazz Camp faculty band, the Jazz Educator’s Big Band, Missouri Jazz Orchestra and the Boulevard Big Band in Kansas City. Her pieces “Strange Princess” and “Pitter Pat” were chosen for presentation at the poster sessions of the 2006 and 2017 meetings of the International Society of Jazz Composers and Arrangers (ISJAC). Dr. Claussen has also recently accepted the position of Curator of Composer Resources with ISJAC. Dr. Claussen is also active as a clinician and adjudicator in the midwest and across the country, directing local and regional honors bands and adjudicating at festivals in the Midwest region. Dr. Claussen holds a B.S. in Secondary Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, an M.M. in Saxophone Performance from the University of Northern Colorado and a D.M.A. in Saxophone Performance from the University of Kansas.