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Deadline: March 16th, 2018

Notification: March 23rd, 2018

 

Classical Competition | Jazz Competition | College Showcase | Travel Information | Accessibility

   

Information

Application Fee – $30. Selected showcase and competition participants will receive one complimentary ticket to the Festival.

Prizes

First prizes will include, but are not limited to: $200 gift certificate to Gerry’s Music Shop and an opportunity to perform as an opening act for our guest artists. Second prizes will include, but are not limited to: $100 gift certificate to Gerry’s Music Shop. Finalists must be available to stay for the duration of the symposium.    

Classical Competition Information

Preliminary Round – Please record (video or audio) an unedited performance of two contrasting movements or pieces. Études are not permitted. At least one must be normally played with piano, but no pianist is required for the preliminary round recording. Each piece may be on a separate track. Cuts are not permitted. The sum length should be approximately 10 minutes. You may upload your track to Soundcloud, YouTube, or Vimeo, or via Dropbox or Google Drive. Final Round – You will be asked to perform the music from your preliminary round live in a public performance for a panel of professional classical saxophonists. We will only hear up to ten minutes. You will have the opportunity to begin with the piece of your choice. We will need one copy of the full score of the piece at the time you enter the room. If you are a finalist, you will be expected to arrange for a pianist. You may bring one with you to campus, or you may avail yourself of our excellent piano staff and faculty, Sarah Ehle and Ludmila Krasin, at a rate of $40 per pianist, payable by cash or check directly to the pianist. We will give you their contact information when we notify you of the results of your entry.

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Jazz Competition Information

Preliminary Round – Please record (video or audio) 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 Soundcloud, YouTube, or Vimeo, or via Dropbox or Google Drive. Final Round – You will be asked to perform the music from your preliminary round live in a public performance for a panel of professional jazz saxophonists. We will only hear up to ten minutes. You will have the opportunity to begin with the piece of your choice. We will need one copy of the sheet music of the piece at the time you enter the room. You will be expected to play from memory. If you are a finalist, a jazz trio comprised by UMass jazz students will accompany you. You will not have time to rehearse, so bring clear charts, and be ready to give clear directions to the musicians, regarding how you want to play the piece, prior to your performance. All participants will be notified if they have advanced to the final round or not. We hope to welcome you to the Symposium regardless of the results. 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 Dr. 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. 

College Showcase

College and graduate-level saxophone students (jazz and classical) are invited to apply to perform at the New England Saxophone Symposium's two college showcase concerts. We encourage diverse styles of music. There are several 10-minute performance slots. We have piano, bass, drums, and some basic electronics available to you; for additional needs, you will need to bring your own equipment that you can set up quickly. If you require electronics, please let us know your needs and we will determine if we can accommodate them.

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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