High School Saxophone Institute (one week)

The saxophone institute is your opportunity to spend a week of intensive study with a distinguished faculty of performers and teachers. You'll participate in daily master classes and seminars, studying alongside other advanced student saxophonists from all over the world.

Below are examples of past instructors; new faculty will be announced in spring.

Program length: 1 week
Program dates:
June 18, 2016 to June 24, 2016
Tuition: $1,150
Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12

Dr. Timothy McAllister, Professor of Saxophone at University of Michigan, will be joined by his fellow PRISM Quartet members Taimur Sullivan, Zachary Shemon, and Matthew Levy. These accomplished artists will take you through a week of rigorous instruction and inspiring performances.

You will participate in daily master classes, focusing on artistry, technical skills, conditioning, and musicianship. We'll cover warm-ups and strategies to help you get the most out of your practice time. Students on all four major types* of saxophone are encouraged to attend, and we'll have specific clinics for soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone players.

Clinics on college preparation, competitions, and professional development will help you work toward your playing career goals. Additional topics include audition preparation, saxophone history, and contemporary techniques.

You will rehearse with quartets and the large saxophone ensemble, and participate in solo literature master classes. The saxophone institute also includes student and faculty performances.

*Saxophones other than alto will be available for check-out during the institute (reeds are not provided).

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.)

Additional Opportunities

Photo Gallery

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Dr. Matthew Schlomer

Director, Arts Academy Band, Interlochen Arts Academy
Instructor of Classical Saxophone, Interlochen Arts Academy
Instructor of Saxophone, Interlochen Arts Camp
Faculty, Interlochen Saxophone Institute