The University of Massachusetts Amherst


Saturday, APRIL 17, 2021

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                                                        Adam Larson                                     Otis and Haruko Murphy


Free Event — Fully Online

Click here to register for the festival!

High School Competition | Community Saxophone Ensemble | Jazz Transcription Project

Music Lover? Sax geek? Music Teacher? Professional? Spend a day with us at the 38th Annual New England Saxophone Festival & Competition!

Guest artist Otis and Haruko Murphy and Adam Larson will share their artistry and wisdom through classes, recitals, and an artist panel with Q&A.

Registration is Free and includes a raffle for a Rovner Platinum Ligature

Anyone regardless of level can apply to play in the master classes or play in the community saxophone ensemble. Master class applicants, submit a sample video by (extended to) March 21st. Sax ensemble, just let us know you're interested!

High School Students may also apply for the Gerry’s Music High School Competition. Prizes include the Rovner Versa-X ligature, a ligature by Silverstein Works, $600 in gift cards to Gerry’s Music Shop, and your winning video premiered in at the start of the guest artist recitals. First-round submission deadline is (extended to) March 21st.

Music Teachers: Earn Professional Development Points by attending the festival as well as two special master classes on Friday. Read more on our Mass DOE page and reach out to Zach Robarge at with questions.

We hope to see you soon!

Jonathan Hulting-Cohen & Felipe Salles




 and the UMass Arts Council   

  1. Felipe Salles
  2. Related image Adam Larson
  3. Otis and Haruko Murphy
  4.  Jonathan

9:30am: Greetings and Performances by Felipe Salles, Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, and the Community Saxophone Ensemble

10am: Master class with Felipe Salles on Jazz Transcriptions

10:30am: Master class with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen

11am: Pedagogy Panel with Otis Murphy, Adam Larson, Jonathan Hulting-Cohen & Felipe Salles

12pm-12:30pm: Lunch Break

12:30pm: Equipment Hour

1:30pm: Master class with Adam Larson

2:30pm: Master class with Otis Murphy, presented by Yamaha

3:30pm-5pm: *Dinner Break*

5pm: Music Teacher Meet & Greet with Jonathan Hulting-Cohen & Felipe Salles

6pm: Saxophone Competition Final Round and Awards Presentations, presented by Gerry’s Music Shop

7:00pm: Adam Larson Recital

8:00pm: Otis Murphy Recital