Northeast Texas Saxophone Symposium
February 26-27, 2010
On behalf of the Department of Music and the saxophone studio at Texas A&M University-Commerce, I cordially invite you to attend the Northeast Texas Saxophone Symposium. This first annual event is free and open to saxophonists of all ages and ability levels, band directors, and the general public. Topics explored in the lectures will include approaches to developing intonation, warm-up routines, and a lecture for middle school students and directors on how to strengthen saxophone fundamentals. There will also be master classes where university and high school level students will be performing for and receiving instruction from Yamaha artist/clinician Curtis Johnson. If you are interested in performing for one of the master classes, participation is free but performance spots will be limited, so please contact me as far in advance as possible. (This would also be a great opportunity for high school students who are advancing to state level in the UIL Solo & Ensemble Competition.) As with the other aspects of the 2010 Symposium participation is free thanks to the generosity of sponsors and volunteers.
This year's Symposium will take place on Friday evening and all-day Saturday, February 26 & 27th. It will include recital and concert performances, including a program of soloists and quartets from the Texas A&M University-Commerce Saxophone Studio, a saxophone recital by our featured guest, Yamaha artist/clinician Curtis E. Johnson, an evening concert by A&M-Commerce's jazz ensembles featuring Mr. Johnson and Mr. Brian Rhodes, and my own faculty solo recital. An exhibit hall will be open during the day on Saturday for students to try and/or purchase instruments, mouthpieces and accessories.
While pre-registration in the Symposium is optional, we encourage you to take a moment to fill out the brief online form to help us plan for adequate seating for each event. Also, please contact me directly at your earliest convenience if you are interested in performing for Mr. Curtis Johnson for his college (Friday evening) or high school (Saturday) master classes.
Thank you, and I will look forward to seeing you at the end of February.
Dr. Todd Goranson
Asst. Professor of Saxophone, Texas A&M University-Commerce