• Bob Mintzer
• Lenny Pickett
• Lew Tabackin
• James Houlik
• Chris Vadala
• Christopher Potter
• Gary Smulyan


The saxophone is one of the most versatile wind instruments. How better introduce high school and other young saxophonists to the broad range of studies and performance opportunities open to saxophonists at an institution of higher learning than through an intensive workshop covering the instrument’s diverse styles and techniques, led by the school’s faculty in collaboration with world-renowned performers and teachers?

Saxophone Saturday is presented by the New Century Saxophone Quartet, one of the world’s leading classical saxophone ensembles, with the goal of helping college and university music programs bolster general interest in the saxophone, enhance recruitment, and provide a forum for community outreach.

Saxophone Saturday was first presented at the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1997, and is now an annual event at NCSA. The New Century Saxophone Quartet, along with a roster of outstanding classical, jazz, and popular music saxophonists, can design a Saxophone Saturday program to suit every music program’s needs and take advantage of its special resources and faculty.


8:00 AM

9:00 AM Classical Master Class/Clinic.
Leader: Guest classical saxophonist or host school’s saxophone teacher.
Topics: Styles, tone conception, technical studies, vibrato, altissimo, warm-up and practice techniques, etc.
(May include performance by the student participants, for which an accompanist should be available).

10:30 AM Big Band Saxophone Section.
Leader: Guest jazz saxophonist or school’s jazz band director.
Topics: With a rhythm section in place, saxophone participants will be rotated in and out of a traditional 5-piece Big Band saxophone section and be taught the correct sound, styles, rhythms and articulations, etc.
(Rhythm section: piano, bass, drums; can be a student group from the host school’s jazz band.)

12:00 PM
Break for Lunch

1:30 PM Chamber Music Master Class.
Leader: New Century Saxophone Quartet.
Topics: NCSQ will work with pre-selected saxophone groups (no more than 4) on pitch concept, balance, rehearsal techniques, leadership roles in chamber music, etc.

3:00 PM Jazz Workshop.
Leader: Guest jazz saxophonist or host school’s saxophone teacher.
Topics: Jazz improvisation, styles of jazz, different jazz oriented techniques, etc.
(May include student performances, for which the jazz rhythm section should be available.)

4:30 PM Large Saxophone Ensemble.
Leader: Host school’s saxophone teacher, guest classical saxophonist, or Stephen Pollock of the New Century Saxophone Quartet.
An ensemble of all the participants who brought a saxophone.
The group will learn a couple of pieces to perform to open the Saxophone Saturday Concert.

5:30 PM Break for Dinner

7:30 PM Saxophone Saturday Concert (open to the public).
Performances by:
• Large Saxophone Ensemble
• Guest Classical Saxophonist
• New Century Saxophone Quartet
• Guest Jazz Saxophonist with Big Band, Jazz Quartet, or other ensemble/guests