The saxophone program at Kutztown University offers numerous opportunities for students to explore specific areas of interest.
The KU Saxophone Ensemble is open to the entire university population, regardless of major. This ensemble ranges in size from three to fifteen players, and performs both transcriptions and original works. All saxophonists also have the opportunity to perform in a Saxophone Quartet. The saxophone quartet literature includes a vast array of master works, and is the classical saxophonist's definitive chamber music experience. Each year, the KU Jazz Saxophone Quintet, consisting of the members from the Jazz Ensemble I, perform and record original works as well as those of the "Supersax" variety.
Other ensemble activities open to saxophonists at Kutztown University include Jazz Ensembles and Combos, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Marching Band, and Orchestra. All students in the single reed studio are encouraged to study the various woodwind instruments. The goal of the KU performance ensembles is to develop the highest level of performance, musicianship, and pedagogical concepts that will help each student achieve excellence in their chosen careers.
Contact with visiting clinicians is integral to reaching this goal. Recent saxophone clinicians have included Dr. Dan Goble, Joe Lovano, Bob Mintzer, Dr. Joseph Murphy, Dick Oats, Dr. Todd Oxford, Rich Perry, Al Regni, Dr. James Umble, Dr. Thomas Walsh, Steve Wilson, as well as the entire saxophone sections from the Air Force Rhythm and Blues Jazz Ensemble, the Count Basie Orchestra, and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.
The constructive environment, personal attention by faculty, and range of musical offerings in the saxophone program is characteristic of the entire Department of Music at Kutztown University. Saxophone students are further encouraged to take advantage of the professional accompanist on faculty to prepare major works for performance in bi-weekly recital hours.
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Jeremy Justeson