The saxophone studio at Illinois State University is comprised of a vibrant and talented group of saxophone students, pursuing a common goal of excellence on their instruments. The following include some of the regular activities of the saxophone studio:
Students meet weekly for individualized applied music lessons to learn technique, musicality, and a wide array of saxophone literature.
Master classes cover a wide range of saxophone performances, special topics, open lessons, and jazz improvisation and are held on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 3 p.m.
Often there are guest performances by prominent national and international saxophone artists.
The following suggestions are representative of acceptable repertoire for undergraduate admission auditions. You are NOT limited to what is listed. Students should not hesitate to use music similar in nature and difficulty.
You are welcome to audition on soprano, alto, tenor, or baritone saxophones. However, the best auditions are based on careful preparation with a private teacher; listen closely to your private teacher’s advice in this matter, and choose the instrument on which you are the most experienced. Always plan to have your instrument checked by a quality repair technician well in advance of your audition. If you become a member of the saxophone studio at Illinois State, you will have the opportunity to perform on each member of the saxophone family, soprano through bass.
Ask your private teacher or band director for advice in choosing a work from this list, or in recommending a work of similar difficulty. If you are interested, we would be happy to hear an example of your jazz playing. You might choose to play a particular jazz tune, or a transcribed solo. If you use a rhythm-section based recording such as a Jamey Aebersold CD, please bring the recording to your audition. However, you should also prepare the other required classical materials listed at the link above. Feel free to e-mail Professor Nolan with questions or concerns regarding audition repertoire.
Memorization is NOT required for the audition, but you may choose to do so. A successfully memorized performance may show a high level of achievement and artistry on your instrument.
Note: All students auditioning for acceptance into the B.M. in Jazz Studies sequence must complete two separate auditions: one classical audition on your instrument (see each studio’s requirements) and also a jazz audition (requirements listed below.)
Sight read a selection provided at the audition.
Note: For numbers 2 and 3 above, students may use a play-along device of their choosing if desired such as “I-Real Pro” or they may choose to play unaccompanied.
Ensemble opportunities include experience on soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and bass saxophone.