All very respectable saxophone programs. I wish you the best of luck, and I will expect to hear from you in the years ahead! Did you see any of these postings:
The North American Saxophone Alliance is pleased to announce the 2005 NASA Region 3 Conference to be held on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa on April 8-10, 2005. Proposals are welcome for performances, papers, panels, lecture-recitals, master classes, and other presentations that relate to saxophone performance, pedagogy, research, or other areas of concern to saxophonists. Special consideration will be given to student proposals. Every effort will be made to assemble a balanced program of performances.
On Friday, April 8, the Drake University Wind Symphony, conducted by Robert Meunier, will provide an evening of saxophone concerti. Debra Richtmeyer, Professor of Saxophone at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will perform John Cheetham’s Concerto Agrariana, and Dr. James Romain, Professor of Saxophone at Drake University, will perform Dana Wilson’s Time Cries, Hoping Otherwise. The first half of Friday’s concert will also feature soloists and chamber music. Saturday evening, April 9 will feature Drake University’s Jazz Ensemble I with guest alto saxophonist Dick Oatts. Evening concerts will occur in the Performing Arts Hall in the Harmon Fine Arts Building.
Proposals will be accepted from student and professional members of the North American Saxophone Alliance. You may renew your membership in the Alliance if your membership is not current (professional—US$35.00, student/senior citizen—US$25.00) when you submit your proposal. Membership applications are available on the NASA web page (www.saxalliance.org/membership.html
It is through your participation and attendance that this event will be a tremendous success!
Any questions about performance space, resources, performers, or any other considerations may be directed to James Romain, conference host, at: email@example.com or 515-255-3100.
Send completed application packets to the address below to be postmarked no later than February 1, 2005.
Dr. James Romain
Host-2005 NASA Region 3 conference
Dept. of Music
Des Moines, IA 50311-4505
Would be a great place for a young player like yourself to make an appearance -- playing, or just listening and meeting people. Talk to Peterson about it.....
Nice site, Mike! The NASA Region 3 conference went very well, and Mike did a nice job on Fuzzy Bird--I transferred the DAT recording to CD yesterday, Mike, and will send ASAP. For anyone who's interested, you can check out a clip of my playing--Denisov Sonata Mvt. III with pianist Kevin Class--on my Drake faculty page:
Also, if you're a NASA member, check out my recent Symposium article on Mark Engebretson's Energy Drink I--great solo piece, and kept me busy playing, thinking, and writing about it for some time. Let me know what you think! I'll try to post a recording of the piece to my faculty page so that those who are reading the analysis can hear the work.
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Thanks, Merlin, I also consider myself a player who can do more than just play! I learn a great deal from my students, in that explaining concepts to them helps me to clarify them for myself, and the successes of my students as they pursue their goals are highly gratifying.
I really enjoyed your Denisov clip. Certainly better than several of the commercially-available recordings! And thanks for resurrecting this thread.Do you know when that issue was published? I haven't received a copy of the Symposium in a heck of a long time. I even sent an e-mail to the person in charge a while back, and was told that there were delays, but I haven't received a copy since then.Originally Posted by drakesaxprofif you're a NASA member, check out my recent Symposium article on Mark Engebretson's Energy Drink I
I wish I could post a link to what I'm going to describe to you, but I'm not quite computer literate enough. It makes me laugh every time I listen to it.
I was fortunate enough to be in Dr. Eugene Rousseau's final graduating class at Indiana University. Since IU had planned nothing to commemorate his final year before retiring from the University (before moving to Minnesota), all of his students planned a surprise tribute recital. It ended up being a wonderful show, for a wonderful teacher.
While trying to put together the program, I remembered something that ER (as he was called casually) had mentioned offhandedly in a lesson my sophmore year. He said that before he retired, he wanted to see the first movement of the Ibert performed in unison on 12 baritone saxophones. As a Baritone specialist, I thought that would be crazy. Well, we could not get 12 of them together, but with all of the horns that IU had, plus the ones that were personaly owned, we had nine, and that would have to do. We got two very talented pianists to play the piano part in unison. We had to have two to balance out all of that metal at the front of the stage.
Believe me, it was a a sight to behold: nine baris lined up on the front of the stage. And, musically, it came off really well. Not perfect, but it was still really fun. If I can manage to get it up here, I will.
Prodigal: I have Mr. Bedard's contact info if you wish. He's a very nice guy, and is quite kind to those interested in his music. Drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I just moved, but I'll dig it out of the packed chaos for you.
Bari Sax Giant,
Hey! Im in Rousseaus Studio now at U of Minnesota, and he has mentioned that Ibert performance on more than one occasion. Theres even a recording floating around.. It is very neat, I have to say.
mr rousseau even mentioned that bari-event in a masterclass in switzerland. i keep telling the story to every saxophone player around, it's so cool!
I now have available a recording of Jules Demersseman's Fantasie sur un theme original from a recital I played in (April 7, 2005 Public Recital LVC). I finally was able to transfer it from my parents video recorder to my PXR4 and now onto the computer as an MP2. If anyone would like to hear it please e-mail. Sorry I don't have it posted anywhere online.
Here's a link to some clips from my upcoming CD, American Voices. Enjoy!
I haven't listened to all the clips yet, a few, but I just wanted to write real quick and tell you how good they sound. You should post here on the forum when your CD is out, I'll definitely pick up a copy.
PS-Sounds like the Festival was a lot of fun and you at least got some 'good' comments from the audience, good work.
I had to chime in to tell you it was a real pleasure to listen to your clips. You're certainly a very musical player. Bravo!
The album will receive it's finishing touches this week. Then it's up to the record company to see how long until it's released. Will certainly announce the release. Thanks for the comments.
I was just sitting at the computer downloading stuff into my new Hi-MD player so I've got something to listen to on my upcoming trips.
I found some more tracks I recorded last year, and thought it might be time to post another.
I'm heading to the Cardinal Saxophone Workshop again this year, and I'll be taking my recording gear with me to capture all of the concerts. I'm hoping to have a recording of a new piece that was adapted by the composer after hearing me perform the Bedard "Fantaisie" at a salon last spring.
For now, here's the opening of the Frackenpohl Sonata on tenor.
You can check out my growing list of clips at my site. Just go to the "Pics & Clips" page