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Saturday, April 14th, 2018 in Bezanson Recital Hall

All Are Welcome!

Online Registration is Now Open

On-Site Registration available at all events

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After 35 years, New England Saxophone Symposium is now...The New England Saxophone Festival & Competition! Celebrating the stylistic diversity that the saxophone offers to music lovers of all stripes, the 2018 Festival features concerts and interactive clinics by Yosvany Terry Quartet (Afro-Cuban music), The Moanin’ Frogs (popular chamber music), Felipe Salles (jazz), and Jonathan Hulting-Cohen (classical). Special this year is the premiere of Stacy Garrop’s Quicksilver for alto saxophone and orchestra by Prof. Hulting-Cohen, Matthew Westgate, and the UMass Wind Ensemble. There will also be performances by top collegiate saxophonists from the region, as well as the 4th Annual High School Saxophone Competition, featuring some of the Northeast’s brightest young saxophone stars.

With our renewed commitment to building a community of saxophone enthusiasts and saxophonists alike, we invite you to bring your horn to rehearse and perform with the New England Community Saxophone Ensemble, led by The Moanin’ Frogs. It will no doubt be a blast!

We are grateful to our product sponsors for their support. They will be showcasing their latest saxophone equipment, which we encourage you to try. 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  March 23rd, 2018.

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

Tickets and Online Registration

Full Symposium Pass: $30, $15 for UMass students with ID (includes lunch and all events)

4+ non-UMass students register for $95 total, including free teacher admission

Wind Ensemble Concert Also Available Separately at the Door




  1. Felipe Salles
  2.  Yosvany Terry
  3.  Stacy Garrop
  4. Jonathan
  5. The Moanin' Frogs
  6. Matthew Westgate


8:00am: Registration Open in Bezanson

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

9:10-10:20am: New England Community Saxophone Ensemble Rehearsal with The Moanin’ Frogs in Room 44

9:30-10:20am: College Showcase in Bezanson

10:30-11:20am: Moanin’ Frogs Clinic

11:30am: New England Community Saxophone Ensemble with The Moanin’ Frogs

11:45am: Gear Time! Visit our sponsors

12:15pm: Lunchtime Presentations

1pm: Gear Time! Visit our sponsors

1:30- 2:15pm: Fourth Annual High School Saxophone Competitions

2:20-3:30pm: Felipe Salles Performance and Masterclass

3:30-4:00pm: Gear Time! Last call

4-5:10pm: Yosvany Terry Master Class

5:20pm: Jazz High School Competition Winner performance

5:30-6:30pm: Yosvany Terry Quartet Performance

6:30pm: Dinner Break

7:30: Wind Ensemble Concert featuring The Moanin’ Frogs

  • Program includes an appearance by the winner Classical High School Competition, a set by The Moanin’ Frogs, as well as Stacy Garrop’s QuickSilver for alto saxophone and band featuring Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, Philippe Geiss’ Sax Heroes featuring The Moanin’ Frogs, and Felipe Salles’ Northeastern Suite for Band.