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University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music and Dance

March 24th, 2017 in Bowker Auditorium

March 25th, 2017 in Bezanson Recital Hall

Online Registration is Now Closed

On-Site Registration available at all events

Full Symposium Pass: $40, $20 for UMass students with ID (includes lunch and Friday concert)

Friday evening concert: $10 general, $5 students with ID, $3 UMass students with ID

Saturday evening concert is free and open to the public!

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The 35th Annual New England Saxophone Symposium will be our largest to date, spanning 28 hours of amazing saxophone playing and world class teaching.  In its third year hosted by classical saxophone professor Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and jazz saxophone professor Felipe Salles, the symposium will features legendary guest artists, Arno Bornkamp and Steve Wilson, master classes, student showcases, a community saxophone ensemble, and professional performances that will appeal to saxophone players of all levels and interests. The event is open to all saxophone enthusiasts; we hope to see you there!

High School Students: Apply Today for the Jazz and Classical high school solo competitions!  Deadline is EXTENDED until March 8th, 2017.

Special thanks to our host sponsors, Conn-Selmer, Yamaha, Gerry's Music Shop, UMass Fine Arts Center, and the UMass College of Humanities and Fine Arts, as well as our sponsors, D'Addario Woodwinds and Eastman Saxophones.



  1. Felipe Salles
  2. Steve Wilson
  3. Arno Bornkamp
  4. Jonathan




Friday March 24

5pm–6:30 High School Jazz and Classical Competition in Bowker Auditorium

7:30pm – Evening concert in Bowker

  1. Classical saxophone winner of Gerry’s Music Competition

  2. La Sagrada Familia Concerto by Felipe Salles, feat. Arno Bornkamp and Jonathan Hulting-Cohen

  3. Jazz saxophone winner of Gerry’s Music Competition

  4. Jazz Concert with Jazz Ensemble 1, featuring Kaleidoscope Suite by Jeffrey W. Holmes performed by Steve Wilson and Felipe Salles



March 25th, 2017

all events will be held in Bezanson Recital hall unless marked with (*) 

(*) will be held downstairs in Room 44 

8:00am: Registration Begins

8:30am: Breakfast with Presentation by D’Addario*

9:30-10:15am: College Showcase

Three for Two (2012) Ingrid Arauco (b. 1957) 

Lily Kaufman, alto saxophone

Emma Johnson, cello

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Sechs Bagatellen (1953) György Ligeti (1923-2006) 

I. Allegro con spirito (arr. Oehrli)

Every Thing Must Go (2007) Martin Bresnick (b, 1946) 

III. Pensoso, con sobrio espressione

Ciudades (2011) Guillermo Lago (b. 1960) 

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) 

Resurgam Quartet

Harrison Kliewe, soprano saxophone

Maggie Weisnel, alto saxophone

Sean Tanguay, tenor saxophone

Michael Raposo, baritone saxophone

University of Hartford

Improvisation (2016)

Dann Friedman Quartet

Dann Friedman, saxophone

Matt Twaddle, keyboards

Jay Elfenbein, bass

George Robinson, drums

University of Massachusetts Amherst

10:30-11:00am: Admiral Launch Duo Performance

Whirlwind (2015) Stephen J. Rush (b. 1958)

Still Here (2017 - world premiere) Angélica Negrón (1981)

La lettre du jardinier (1912) Marcel Tournier (1879-1951)

Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, alto and tenor saxophones

Jennifer R. Ellis, harp

11:15pm: New England Community Saxophone Ensemble Rehearsal

12:00pm: New England Community Saxophone Ensemble Performance

12:15pm: Lunch Opens*

Presentations at 12:30 and 12:45 by Yamaha and Conn-Selmer

1:15pm: Sponsor Time (Classroom Level)

2:15-3:15pm: Felipe Salles Performance and Masterclass

Unintentional Hipness Felipe Salles

Arrival Felipe Salles

Yes or No Wayne Shorter

with Jeff Holmes, Piano; Shigefumi Tomita, bass; and Thomas Giampietro, drums

3:30-4:45pm: Arno Bornkamp Masterclass

Saxophone Concerto in Eb (1934) Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936)

Zoë Stinson, alto saxophone

Cobleskill-Richmondville High School

Prelude et Divertissement (1960) Eugene Bozza (1905-1991)

Picnic on the Marne (1984) Ned Rorem (b. 1923) 

V: A Tense Discussion

Lynn Barszcz, alto saxophone

University of New Hampshire

Nadine Shank, piano

Ciudades (2011) Guillermo Lago (b. 1960) 

Cordoba (España) 

A Schumann Bouquet (1848) Robert Schumann (1810-1856) 

V. Sehr langsam (arr. Bolcom)

Resurgam Quartet

Harrison Kliewe, soprano saxophone

Maggie Weisnel, alto saxophone

Sean Tanguay, tenor saxophone

Michael Raposo, baritone saxophone

University of Hartford

4:00pm: Sponsor Booths Close

5:00-6:15pm: Steve Wilson Masterclass

6:15pm: Dinner Break

Food court-style dining options available at 

The Blue Wall in the ground level of the Campus Center.


7:30pm - Bezanson Recital Hall

Arno Bornkamp Presents: Bach in Image

with video by James Murray

Suite nr. II for Violoncello (BWV 1008) on baritone saxophone J.S Bach (1685-1750) 





Menuet I - Menuet II 



Partita for Flute (BWV 1013) on soprano saxophone J.S Bach (1685-1750) 




Bourrée Angloise


Partita nr. II for Violin (BWV 1004) on alto saxophone J.S Bach (1685-1750) 







Steve Wilson 


the UMass Faculty Jazz Combo 

Selections from: 

Ms.Angelou Steve Wilson 

Perry Street Steve Wilson 

Four In One Thelonious Monk 

Con Alma Dizzy Guillespie 

What Is This Thing Called Love Cole Porter 

Skylark Hoagy Carmichael 

Chelsea Bridge Billy Strayhorn

Jeffrey W. Holmes, piano, Shigefumi Tomita, bass, Thomas Giampietro, drums