The University of Massachusetts Amherst


Saturday, March 30th in Bezanson Recital Hall

All Audiences Welcome!

Registration Open Now for 2019

On-Site Registration available at all events

High School Competition | College Showcase | Community Saxophone Ensemble | Travel Information | Accessibility

The 37th Annual New England Saxophone Festival & Competition features top-flight classical and jazz guest artists, Connie Frigo and Claire Daly, as well as UMass professors, Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and Felipe Salles in concert and clinic. Designed to give lay and professional audiences insight into the inner workings of saxophone performance, the Festival is presented in friendly fashion to one and all. Highlights include:

  • 5th Annual Gerry's Music Shop High School Saxophone Competition, featuring some of the Northeast’s brightest saxophone stars.
  • College Showcase, featuring high level performers from New England's fantastic saxophone programs.
  • New England Saxophone Festival Ensemble, directed by Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, is open to amateur, high school, and collegiate saxophonists of all ages and abilities.
  • Clinics by Connie Frigo and Claire Daly
  • Hulting-Cohen-Salles joint master class on saxophone fundamentals

We are grateful to our product sponsors for their support. Please try their latest equipment at their booths.

Apply Today for the Jazz and Classical High School solo competitions!  Deadline has been extended until Friday, February 8, 2019

Tickets and Online Registration

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

4pm UMass Faculty Concert: Free and Open to Public

7pm Guest Artist Concert: Free and Open to Public

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



Sponsors: Eastman Winds, Antigua Winds, P. Mauriat

Additional support from: JodyJazz Mouthpieces, Rovner, Rampone & Cazzani, SaxGadgets


  1. Felipe Salles
  2.  Claire Daly
  3.  Connie Frigo
  4. Jonathan

Also Featuring

  1.  Angela Jones-Reus
  2.  Nadine Shank
  3. Shigefumi Tomita
  4. Thomas Giampietro
  5.  Chris Keefe

8:00am Registration and Sponsors Booths Open. Breakfast available.

8:30am New England Saxophone Fest Ensemble Rehearsal

9:30am New England Saxophone Fest Ensemble Performance

9:40am Saxophone Clinic with Professors Hulting-Cohen and Salles

10:30am Competitions: Jazz competition in Room 36, Classical in BZN

Classical Competition in BZN

Featuring Nadine Shank and Ludmila Krasin, piano

Tableaux de Provence                                                                                                                               Paule Maurice (1910-67)

 I.          Farandoulo Di Chatouno

IV.      Dis Alyscamps L’amo Souspira


Elizabeth Kim, from Manhattan High School; Manhattan, KS

Scaramouche                                                                                                                                        Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)

I.           Vif.

II.         Modere

       Giovanna Gioscia, from Somers High School;  Somers, CT

Scaramouche                                                                                                                                           Darius Milhaud (1892-1974)

 II.      Modere

Concerto for alto saxophone                                                                                                            Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936)

RH 24-end

        Madeline Fitzgerald, from Bethlehem Central High School; Delmar, NY


Jazz Competition in room 44

Featuring Chris Keefe, piano; Shigefumi Tomita, bass; Tom Giampietro, drums


There Will Never Be Another You                                                                                                                               Warren/Gordon

Misty                                                                                                                                                                               Garner/Burke

     Anthony Defeo-Gelman, from Oliver Ames High School; South Easton, MA


Groovin’ High                                                                                                                                                                Dizzy Gillespie

Have You Met Miss Jones?                                                                                                                                             Rodgers/Hart

     Jack Bertelli, from Monument Mountain Regional High School; Great Barrington, MA


Night Has a Thousand Eyes                                                                                                                                          Brainin/Bernier

Dear Old Stockholm                                                                                                                                                    Fryxell/Dahlgren

     Benjamin Simmons, from Marlborough High School; Marlborough, MA

11:15 New England Colleges Showcase Presented by Yamaha


College Showcase Presented by Yamaha

Alabama                                                                                                                                                                           John Coltrane


University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Matt Padula, saxophone; John Phillips, guitar; Sam Lam, piano;

Niel McCarthy, bass; Molly Plaisted, drums


Rhapsody for Saxophone Quartet (2011)                                                                                                             Eric Ewazen(b. 1954)


University of Rhode Island Saxophone Quartet

Jake Brunelle, Rashmi Hauser, Tyler Tashdjian, Sam Terlaga

Liberty City                                                                                                                                                                                         Jaco Pastorius arr Marilla

The Simpson's Theme                                                                                                                                                                    Danny Elfman arr Marilla

University of Rhode Island Jazz Saxophone Quartet

Jake Brunelle, Andrew Hellwig Tyler Tashdjian, Dan Cook



Rhapsodie for Orchestra and Saxophone (1901-19)                                                                                 Claude Debussy (1862-1918)


Brandon Nowakowski, Hartt School of Music

Nadine Shank, piano

Tom Thumb                                                                                                                                                                      Wayne Shorter

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Jacob Kaplan, saxophone; Matt Naeger, trumpet; Ben Powell, guitar;

Matt Twaddle, keyboards; Jason Hill, drums


12:15 Lunch (Announcement of Competition Winners and Presentations by Conn-Selmer and Yamaha)

1pm Sponsor Visits

1:30 Connie Frigo Clinic

Sonata in A Major                                                                                                                                               Cesar Franck (1822-1890)

IV. Allegretto poco mosso

Olivia Phaneuf from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam

48 Studies for Saxophone in Eb, Op. 31                                                                                              Franz Wilhelm Ferling (1796-1874)

Study no. 1 in C Major

Benjamin Knodler from Belchertown High School, Belchertown MA

Sechs Bagatellen (1953)                                                                                                        György Ligetti (1923-2006) arr. Fabio Oehrli

1. Allegro con spirito

2. Rubato, Lamentoso

The Rebel Saxophone Quartet

Chris Leslie, soprano; Allison Burke, alto;

Jack Mellish, tenor; Zoë Stinson, baritone


2:30 Claire Daly Clinic

“Creating a Life in Music”

Besides having your musicianship tuned up and ready at all times, there are other skills that are valuable to working musicians. A discussion of what it takes to stay in the game and enjoy the creative life that comes with creative music. Whether you are a gigging musician or a budding composer, arranger, or all of the above, let’s talk about what really happens in a musician’s life.

3:30pm Last Call for Sponsor Visits

4pm UMass Faculty Recital, Sponsor Booths Close


Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophone

Nadine Shank, piano

Gradient for alto saxophone and piano (2009)                                                                          Baljinder Singh Sekhon II (b. 1980)

Sonata for oboe and piano (1962)                                            Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) Adapted by Jonathan Hulting-Cohen

Paganini Lost for two alto saxophones (2011)                                                                                                Jun Nagao (b. 1964)

With Nicholas Suosso, alto saxophone


Felipe Salles, saxophone

Chris Keefe, piano; Shigefumi Tomita, bass; Tom Giampietro, drums

Moment’s Notice                                                                                                                                                      John Coltrane

Fee Fi Fo Fum                                                                                                                                                        Wayne Shorter 

Here’s That Rainy Day                                                                                                                                     Jimmy Van-Helsen

I hear A Rhapsody                                                                                                                                       Fragos-Baker-Gaspare

5:30 Dinner

7pm Guest Artists Recital

Classical High School Competition Winner performance

The Yargo Trio

Connie Frigo, saxophone

Angela Jones-Reus, flute

Nadine Shank, piano


Suite, Op. 157b (1936)                                                                                  Darius Milhaud (1892-1974) arr. Michael Webster/Charlie Young         

I. Overture                                                                                                 

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894)                                                                          Claude Debussy (1862-1918) arr. Webster/Young

D’un matin de printemps (1922)                                                                                                                     Lili Boulanger (1893-1918) arr. Young

Après un rêve, Opus 7, no. 1                                                                                                                                                    Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

Morgen!, Opus 27, no. 4                                                                                                                                                       Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

Shenandoah                                                                                                                                                                                     Traditional, arr. Jon Grier

Trio #1 for Flute, Saxophone and Piano (2009)                                                                                                                  Russell Peterson (b. 1969)

II. Adagio; andante

III. Allegro

Les chemins de l'amour (1940)                                                                                                                     Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) arr. Young


Jazz High School Competition Winner performance

Claire Daly, Baritone Saxophone

Chris Keefe, piano; Shigefumi Tomita, bass; Tom Giampietro, drums

Selections will be annouced from the stage