The University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

New England Saxophone Competition

Sponsored by Gerry's Music Shop

First Round Deadline: Friday, April 8th, 2022 at 11:59pm

Jazz First Round Deadline: Friday, April 8th, 2022 at 11:59pm

Online Registration

Classical Competition | Jazz Competition | Community Saxophone Ensemble  | 

   

Information

Application: Free

Prizes

First prizes will include: $300 gift certificates to Gerry’s Music Shop. Winners will play live to open for the guest artist concerts. Finalists must be available to stay for the duration of the festival.    

 

Classical Competition Information

Recorded Round: Submit unedited video of a live performance or two contrasting movements or pieces totaling 8 minutes or more. We will not accept etudes, but we welcome a single longer work with both lyrical and technical demands such as the Glazunov Concerto. You may also perform solo pieces or pieces with piano. You may record each selection separately or as one file.

For the recorded round only, you may use backing tracks for the following classical standards as recorded by Nadine Shank. 

  • Eugene Bozza - Aria
  • Karel Husa - Elegie et rondeau
  • Alexander Glazunov - Concerto in Eb
  • Bernard Heiden - Sonata
  • Jacques Ibert - Aria & Concertino de Camera
  • Jeanine Rueff - Concertino
  • Lawson Lunde - Sonata
  • Paul Creston - Sonata
  • Paule Maurice - Tableaux de Provence
  • Robert Schumann (arr. Hemke) - Three Romances

Submit links with your registration.

Live Round: You will perform up to ten minutes at the saxophone festival, solo or with piano as appropriate. We will have a pianist available to you at a rate of $75, or you may bring your own.

Contact Ethan Wetzel at nesaxfest@gmail.com with any questions or issues. 

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Jazz Competition Information

All performances should be from memory.

Application Round – Please make video recording of an unedited performance of two contrasting jazz standards. They can be with piano, rhythm section or a pre-recorded play-a-long. You should play the melody and improvise over the changes for at least two choruses, then play the melody out. Each piece may be on a separate track. Cuts are not permitted. You may upload your track to YouTube (preferred), or Vimeo, or via Dropbox or Google Drive. Submit your links through with your festival registration.

Final Round – If selected to play live, please prepare one additional jazz standard, and bring music (all three pieces) for the trio that will accompany you live.

All participants of both the classical and jazz competition will be notified if they have advanced to the final round or not. Finalists will receive written feedback from the panel.

Happy practicing, and good luck!

* Finalists and semi-finalists in either competition may be invited for a complimentary lesson or to participate in a master class with Professor Hulting-Cohen and/or Professor Salles.

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Opportunities for College Students

Master Class Registration

Registration for master classes is by application due to limited space. Please submit an unedited Soundcloud or YouTube link (or similar) of the piece you plan to play or something comparable via the registration portal. In the notes to the Soundcloud or YouTube file, please include complete program information as you would like it printed, including piece title, composer and piece dates, movements as applicable, etc. 

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Opportunities for Community Members

Community Saxophone Ensemble

We are pleased to invite all students and community members to participate in the Community Saxophone Ensemble. The piece is saxophonist Lucas Hopkin's arrangment of Joseph Bologne's Symphony No. 2. Please register via the online registration form and select your instrument, so we may send you the music in advance.

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