Congratulations to this year's winners (and their teachers) of the MTNA solo competition!
1st place Nathan Boggart - University of Iowa - Kenneth Tse
2nd place Matt Evans - Eastman School of Music - Chien Kwan-Lin
3rd place Jonathan Wintringham - Arizona State University - Tim McAllister
Many of you have already heard about a new event I'm starting this October. It's called ISSAC (International Saxophone Symposium And Competition) and it will take place at Columbus State University's Schwob School of Music in Columbus, GA, October 25-28, 2012.
ISSAC's competition involves:
• A recorded Screening Round + 3 live rounds
• An age limit requiring that competitors must not have reached the age of 30
• An entry fee of $50 for Screening Round + $150 in additional fees for advancing to live round(s)
Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 NASA Jazz Artist Competition, held during the NASA Biennial Conference in Tempe, AZ from March 15th-18th.
1st Place -- Brian Clancy, Univeristy of North Texas
2nd Place -- Remy Le Boeuf, Manhattan School of Music
3rd Place -- Micahel Shults, Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
by Thomas Liley
It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Himie Voxman, who died Tuesday morning, November 22, at the age of 99. Born in Centerville, Iowa, he came to the University of Iowa in 1929 as a chemical engineering major, teaching clarinet to high school students to pay for his college expenses. Voxman taught the students in an unused room in the basement of the old music building until he was discovered by a janitor. He was reported to Dr. Phillip Clapp, the Director of the School of Music, who took an interest in the talented and enterprising student. According to Voxman, “Dr. Clapp claimed that he kept me from being kicked out of the university.”
The Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) is recognized internationally as the premiere summer training program for aspiring high school-age musicians and is the only program of its kind associated with one of the world’s great symphony orchestras. Under the guidance of distinguished professionals and in the presence of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), young people devote themselves to an artistic experience without parallel. The high artistic standards, rich culture of learning, and diverse programs make BUTI a unique opportunity for young artists, a starting point on the path to a future in classical music.
by Debra Richtmeyer
The Third Jean-Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition was held July 4-16, 2011 at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. Jean-Marie Londeix wrote in the competition’s program book that, “This competition, which is dedicated particularly to contemporary art music and to the advanced techniques that are required to perform such music, is aimed at discovering the world’s best young performers, those who wish to faithfully express the most idiomatic music for saxophone, today’s music of saxophone”.
by John Hallberg
On July 9, 2011, saxophonists from around the world gathered in Hong Kong for the Second Hong Kong International Saxophone Symposium (HKISS). During this weeklong intensive symposium, active participants and auditors took part in daily private and group lessons and master classes with world-renowned saxophonists. Along with the academic schedule, a number of concerts, rehearsals, and lectures also took place.
Composer Robert Muczynski passed away on 25 May 2010. On the anniversary of his passing, we would like to share the obituary by Andrew Patner which was published on his blog "The View from Here." [used by permission]
ROBERT MUCZYNSKI | 1929-2010: Also taught, made his Carnegie Hall piano debut at 29
May 28, 2010
By ANDREW PATNER
Robert Muczynski, a former Chicago composer who worked in traditional and American styles, with rhythmic influences from jazz, died Tuesday [May 25, 2010] in Tucson, Ariz., according to a longtime friend and colleague, Chicago musician Richard Wyszynski.
by Ryan Smith
This year's Region III conference was held the weekend of March 25-27 at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, and hosted by Dr. Dave Camwell. Student saxophonists and professionals from more than fifteen states and as far away as Australia attended the conference, with over seventy performers and speakers presenting master classes, lectures, and concerts.
by Myles Boothroyd
On March 27, 2011, Central Michigan University hosted its biennial Saxophone Day. Created by Professor John Nichol, Saxophone Day was conceived in the 1990s as a way to gather, inspire, teach, and facilitate interaction among the many saxophonists from the state and region. The event has traditionally featured master classes with prominent guest artists while providing an opportunity for musicians to play in a large saxophone ensemble.