High School Saxophone Institute

The Saxophone Institute, directed by Dr. Timothy McAllister, provides an opportunity for advanced high school saxophonists to spend a week of intensive study with a distinguished faculty of performers and teachers. Students participate in daily master classes and seminars focusing on technique, solo repertoire, quartet literature, audition preparation, history and contemporary techniques. Guest Artist Faculty include members of the PRISM Quartet: Taimur Sullivan, Zachary Shemon, and Matthew Levy.

Program length: 1 week
Program dates:
June 14, 2014 to June 20, 2014
Tuition: $1,075
Age range: Grades 9-12

Summer 2014 programs have concluded, but we'd love to have you join us next year! Join our mailing list, and you'll be among the first to know about summer 2015 programs.

  • Daily master classes focus on artistry, technical skills, conditioning, and musicianship
  • Warm-up and practice strategies workshops
  • Contemporary/Extended Techniques
  • Saxophone Quartets and Large Saxophone Ensemble
  • Solo Literature Masterclasses
  • Clinics for all four saxophones* (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone)—applicants on all four major types encouraged
  • Clinics on college preparation, competitions, and professional development
  • Student and faculty performances

*Saxophones other than alto will be available for check-out during the Institute. Reeds will not be provided, however.

Audition Requirements

Audio or video file #1: Aria by Eugene Bozza (alto, with piano accompaniment)

Audio or video file #2: Any one of the following pieces, with piano accompaniment when indicated:

  • Creston - Sonata
  • Bozza – Improvisation et Caprice (any saxophone)
  • Glazunov – Concerto
  • Heiden – Sonata
  • Milhaud – Scaramouche
  • Noda – Improvisation I (soprano or alto)
  • Ibert – Concertino da Camera
  • Villa-Lobos – Fantasia (soprano or tenor)
  • J.S.Bach/Kynaston – Cello Suite No. 1 (any movement) (baritone)

Audio or video file #3: Etude of your choice (Ferling, Berbiguier, Voxman, etc.)

Audio or video file #4: Scales (as written, not Concert pitch)—E Major, Db Major, F# Major; Chromatic Scale—full range, low Bb to High F or F#

Additional Opportunities

Photo Gallery

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Dr. Timothy McAllister

Valade Fellow, Instructor of Saxophone, Interlochen Arts Camp
Faculty, Interlochen Saxophone Institute

Professor of Saxophone, Northwestern University; member of the PRISM Quartet

PRISM Quartet

Faculty, Interlochen Saxophone Institute

International recording artists and one of America's foremost chamber ensembles