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February 24, 2024: All Day
Guest Artists,
Special Events,
Bezanson Recital Hall; Free

Jonathan Hulting-Cohen & Felipe Salles, hosts
Co-sponsored by the Fine Arts Center

Please REGISTER so that we will know you're coming! (Breakfast & lunch provided to pre-registrants)

Featuring guests, Steven Banks (classical, with Xak Bjerken, piano) and Erica von Kleist (jazz)

Masterclass and Competition application details

Anyone, regardless of level, can play in the Symposium Saxophone Ensemble.

Like the rest of the event, the 7:30pm Steven Banks concert is free and open to the public. However, separate (free) tickets are required: More info/tickets =>


Schedule for the Symposium , Feb. 24 (all events in Bezanson Hall unless otherwise noted):

(Breakfast & lunch provided to pre-registrants)

8:30am - Coffee & breakfast pastries
9am - Registration opens
10am - Symposium Sax Ensemble rehearsal (more info =>)
10:30am - Classical & Jazz Saxophone Competitions, sponsored by Gerry's Music Shop (more info =>)
11am - Steven Banks Master Class (more info =>)
12pm - Presentation of Awards and lunch (provided by D'Addario)
1pm - Visit our Vendors!
2pm - Jazz Recital featuring Erica von Kleist & the UMass jazz faculty combo
3pm - Jazz Clinic with Erica von Kleist: “The Business of the Music Business”
4pm - Panel Discussion: Pedagogy and Artistry
5pm - Participant Concert, featuring the Symposium Sax Ensemble, UMass Sax Ensembles & the winners of the High School classical & jazz competitions
6pm - Dinner break
7:30pm - Recital by Steven Banks & Xak Bjerken in Bezanson Hall; separate (free) tickets required

Competition Timeline / Info

High School Competition timeline:

  • First round application due January 15, 2024
  • Notification of advancement to the finals, February 1, 2024
  • Finals take place at the Symposium, February 24, 2024

Competition application details =>    

Prizes include $300 gift cards to our local vendor, Gerry's Music Shop


Host Sponsors: 


Additional support from: 

41st Annual at UMass Amherst New England Saxophone Symposium, 10th annual high school jazz and classical competition