University of Washington
Saxophone Studio Home Page
Broctave Key and Frankensax
For information about the Broctave key and the Frankensax, go to: http://www.michaelbrockman.com
Auditions into the Saxophone Studio
In addition to auditions for Wind Ensemble, Jazz Combos, and Big Bands, you may be interested in auditioning for 1) entrance into a degree program in the School of Music, or 2) entrance into saxophone lessons. All these auditions are held at the regularly scheduled entrance auditions listed at the School of Music Advising Office web site: http://www.music.washington.edu/admissions/
Please see the Saxophone Flyer for full information about audition requirements, and please take note especially that available space for students seeking private saxophone lessons are at a premium, and are frequently reserved for students who are pursuing a music degree with saxophone as their primary instrument.
UW Saxophone Flyer
Click here to view complete information about studying saxophone at the UW, including information about auditions and admission.
UW Saxophones Tuning Drones
Click here to view a list of downloadable mp3 files that you can use to train yourself to play the saxophone in tune. Choose the drone that fits the key of a piece you are learning. The drone can be on the root or (as I prefer) the 5th of the key. Listen carefully for the difference tones that are created between the drone and any note that you play. For a fun challenge, use the "G concert" drone to accompany you when playing the 1st portion of Duke Ellington' s "Prelude to a Kiss" (which is written in the key of C major) and use the "B concert" drone when playing the bridge.
Frequently Asked Questions
Click here to view a list of common question and answers about saxophone study at the UW, and gaining admission into the saxophone program.
Your Saxophone Grandparents
As a UW saxophone student, you are taught methods that were passed to me at key times in my own playing career by these marvelous mentors:
Joe Allard – New England Conservatory and Juilliard Hadley Caliman Don Lanphere
Tips on Studying Jazz Music
Click here to read some answers to common question about learning to play jazz.
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A Few UW Sax Studio Alumni
· Ivan Arteaga (BM 2010 Jazz Studies, now enrolled at UW in M.M. composition, a founder of Tables & Chairs label, and of IMP/improvised music project & festival)
· Mark Taylor (BM, jazz studies, MM
Manhattan School, awarded 2009 NW Best Instrumentalist by Earshot Jazz, leading
soloist playing in NUMEROUS Seattle bands including SRJO, Marc Seales Group, Matt Jorgensen+451) www.marktaylorjazz.com
· Travis Ranney
(jazz studies, now plays in NUMEROUS Seattle bands including SRJO)
· Andrew Swanson (BM 2009, jazz studies) Active performer in
Seattle, playing everywhere and making recordings in award-winning ensemble,
SPEAK (you need to check them out!)
· Neil Welch (BM 2007 jazz studies,
now active pro in Seattle groups--awarded 2009 NW Emerging Artist by earshot Jazz ). Leader of two excellent ensembles in Seattle, making
recordings, playing everywhere www.neilwelch.com
· Scott Macpherson
(BM 2010, jazz studies)
(here is Scott's favorite photo--with Kenny Garrett)
· Nicole Barnes (graduated BM
Saxophone at UW 2005, then MM New England Conservatory, now faculty at Western
· Bryan Smith (MM 2009, saxophone perf) Active professional player in Seattle jazz groups and
in contemporary sax quartets.
· Tobi Stone (BM jazz studies) plays
in Reptet, the Tippets, and Seattle Repertory Jazz
· Miriam Champer
(BM 2011, clarinet performance) Now medical school at U of O
· Seth Alexander (BM 2007, jazz
studies - now playing in professional Seattle bands ,
including MUCHO GUSTO, and teaching in public education, Seattle area)
· Howard Mostrom
(BM jazz studies, now the Lead Recording Engineer at Triad Recording Studios in
· Gwen Bayly (BM, jazz studies, played
in the Seattle funk band Kissing Potion, now living and performing in Italy)
· Jon Armstrong (graduate 2006, jazz
studies, now at Caltech)
· Art Brown (graduated 2006, jazz
studies) plays everywhere and records with HardCoreTet,
Pocket Change and other groups www.myspace.com/pocketchangefunk
· Jay Easton (DMA 2006, classical
performance, specialist in ALL sizes and vintages of saxophone, from soprillo to contrabass) www.jayeaston.com
· Barbara Larson (graduated 2006,
classical performance, MM 2008 from Eastman)
· Rob Davis (BM, jazz studies, now
active pro in Portland)
· Tina Richerson
(MM, Saxophone Perf.
plays in The Tipptons,
and projects with composer Amy Denio New York City)
· Ryan Marsh (BM 2007, classical
performance, now at NEC for MM)
· Aaron Jenkins (BM 2005 jazz studies,
now active pro in Seattle, plays with Seattle jazz groups and rock/fusion bands
(including Sly Lothario www.myspace.com/slylothario)
· Andrea Rahn
Peterson (BM, Music Ed & Saxophone, now teaching in Granite Falls School
2007 NATIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR. Find out more about Andrea's award,
including her presentation in the White House Rose Garden at:
· Dan Wickham (BM, Saxophone Perf., teaching in the Highline District, and plays
professionally with The Type A! Funk Band and with the SRJO).
· Fred Winkler (post grad UW studies,
now on the faculty at UPS in Tacoma)
· Mark Noguchi (BM, jazz studies, now
active professional studio writer and player in LA)
· Aaron Birrell
(BM, jazz studies, now active pro in Seattle)
· Greg Sharp (BM, Saxophone Perf., now an MD and on staff at the UW Medical
· Dieter Rice (BM, Music Ed, now
teaching in Northshore School District, and entering
a Masters program at Western Oregon in 2007)
· Megumi Azekawa (BM 2008, classical
performance - now MM student at Colorado State Univ. )
· Nick Torretta (BM 2008, jazz studies)
· Kevin Williams (BM 2010, music ed)
· Matt Wenman (BM 2009, Music Ed) Now teaching in Issaquah Schools.
· Cory Foster (currently pre-med)
· T.J Pierce (BM , classical performance, saxophone & viola)
· many more to be added going back to 1988...
Beginning of School Year News
· Auditions for the UW Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz combos will be in the first week of classes.
Ensemble audition music is available (beginning in summer) on line from:
professor Tim Salzman <email@example.com>
Big Band (which has non-standard instrumentation) audition music is sight-read
at the time of the audition, plus improvising on some contemporary pieces. For
professor Cuong Vu firstname.lastname@example.org
Studio Jazz Ensemble (standard big band instrumentation)
audition music is sight-read at the time of the audition, plus improvising. For information contact:
professor Fred Radke.
Combo auditions material is based on standard jazz repertoire announced at the
audition. For information contact:
professor Marc Seales <email@example.com>
Past Photos and Movies from the UW Sax Studio
Click here to view pictures of the UW Saxophone Quartet's road trip to Vancouver, B.C. for the Eugene Rousseau master classes June 25-27, 2004. Good times!
Click here to view a slide show of Nicole Barnes' Junior Recital (filmed/produced by Mark Noguchi).
More UW Saxophone Studio images on the way!
Click Here To View Brockman's 2007 UW Wind Ensemble Japan Tour Photos