Arkansas Saxophone Workshop

The University of Arkansas Saxophone Workshop gives area saxophonists an opportunity to participate in workshops, masterclasses, performances, and a high school solo scholarship competition. Performances will be given by U of A saxophone professor Dr. Eric Troiano, U of A students, the Workshop Ensemble, and guest artist Dr. Stephen Page.

Event Details

Audience

Open to saxophone enthusiasts of all ages, especially high school, junior high and middle school saxophonists and students from other colleges looking to further their knowledge of the saxophone. The solo scholarship competition is open to current high school juniors and seniors who wish to major in music at the University of Arkansas.

Date

Stay Tuned for our 2020/2021 Season!

Times

8:30 am – 8:30 pm  (see schedule below for details)

Location

Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, U of A Campus, Fayetteville

Click here for map and directions.

Fee

$25 for registration by Jan 27, 2020       $40 after Jan 27, 2020 or at the door

 

Registration

High School Solo Competition

See bottom of page for details.

Meet the Instructors

Dr. Stephen Page

Associate Professor of Saxophone, University of Texas at Austin

Biography

Described by noted American composer Libby Larsen as “fearless on stage,” saxophonist Stephen Page has garnered international prominence as one of the leading saxophonist’s of today’s younger generation

Dr. Page has appeared across four continents, in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, Australia, and across the United States. He has performed under such notable conductors as Fredrick Fennell, Ray Cramer, Craig Kirchhoff, Alan McMurray, Gary Hill, Toshiyuki Shimada, Gary Green, Richard Heidel and Akira Mori.

Well known for his interpretations of the great original works for saxophone, Stephen has also gained acclaim for his innovative arrangements and performances of the violin repertoire, including Sonatas by Faure, Grieg, Franck, Prokofiev, and Bach. He has also furthered the saxophone repertoire through the commissioning of new works from composers such as John Mackey, David Maslanka, David Rakowski, Ida Gotkovsky, David Canfield, Mark Lewis, Greg Wanamaker, and Mark Mellits, among others.

Stephen has won no fewer than ten international and national competitions, including 1st Prizes at the North American Saxophone Alliance Solo Competition, Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Competition, AUREC Saxophone Competition and the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition. Additionally he has been awarded 2nd Prize in the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition (2008 and 2010), the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition, and a Silver Medal at the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

As the Alto Saxophone chair of the critically acclaimed Zzyzx Quartet, Stephen has appeared internationally in venues both public and academic. Zzyzx performed a featured concerto on the opening Gala Concert of the NASA Biennial Conference in Tempe, Arizona and was featured on concerts at meetings of the World Saxophone Congress in St. Andrews, Scotland and in Strasbourg, France.  Most recently, Zzyzx gave their New York City debut concert at Symphony Space in conjunction with the release of their newest CD.  Additionally, Zzyzx was selected to serve on the panel for the Barlow Endowment Prize in 2014 as one of three internationally recognized quartets.  They will be premiering the winning composer’s new composition in 2016.

Dr. Page has been an active recording artist since producing his first CD at the age of 21. Since that time, he has produced eight additional recordings as a soloist and chamber musician, which can be heard on the Enharmonic, Teal Creek, Crystal Music, and AUR Labels.

Currently residing in Texas and teaching at the Butler School of Music within the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Page has earned degrees from the University of Minnesota, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the University of Iowa, having studied under Eugene Rousseau, Otis Murphy and Kenneth Tse, respectively. When not found with a saxophone in hand, Stephen enjoys spending time with his wife Jess and their moustached cat, The Baron, collecting and restoring Heywood Wakefield furniture, and various outdoor and water based activities.

Stephen Page is a Yamaha Performing Artist, as well as a Rico/D’Addario Artist.

Stephen Page plays Yamaha Custom EX instruments, Eugene Rousseau Mouthpieces, and Rico Reserve Reeds.

Dr. Eric Troiano

Teaching Assistant Professor of Saxophone, University of Arkansas

Biography

Eric Troiano is the Instructor of Saxophone at the University of Arkansas. He maintains an active teaching and performing career as a soloist and chamber musician. He has been a guest artist at numerous places including Ithaca College, Central Michigan University, Oakland University, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and many other high schools around Arkansas, Michigan, and New York. As a chamber musician, he performs regularly with the Viridian Saxophone Quartet across the country. He has won prizes at the Coleman, Fischoff, MTNA, and NASA Chamber Music Competitions. An advocate for new music, Dr. Troiano has premiered and commissioned many new pieces for the saxophone and saxophone quartet, including pieces by composers Alexis Bacon, Bill Cunliffe, Andrew Francis, Peter Golub, Justin Rito, Curtis Smith, Joel Thompson, among others. Eric has his MM and DMA degrees from Michigan State University, where he studied with Joseph Lulloff, and undergraduate degrees in Saxophone Performance and Music Education from Ithaca College, where he studied with Steven Mauk.

(Tentative) Schedule

8:30 – 9:00 am

Program Check-in

SBSCH

9:00 – 10:00 am

Welcome & Opening Concert

10:00 – 11:00 am

Saxophone Ensemble Rehearsal

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Eric Troiano Masterclass

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Lunch & Vendor Fair

Brough Commons & SBSCH Lobby

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Dr. Stephen Page Masterclass

SBSCH

2:30 – 3:30 pm

High School Scholarship Competition

3:30 – 4:30 pm

Presentation by Dr. Stephen Page

4:45 – 5:30 pm

Saxophone Ensemble Rehearsal & Sound Check

6:00 – 6:45 pm

Saxophone Workshop Recital featuring the Workshop Saxophone Ensemble

7:30 – 8:30 pm

Guest Artist Recital featuring Dr. Stephen Page

Competition

 

Open to current high school juniors and seniors who wish to major in music at the University of Arkansas

  • Finalist scholarship awards are as follows:
    • 1st place: $6,000/yr
    • 2nd place: $5,000/yr
    • 3rd place: $4,000/yr
    • For out-of-state finalists, scholarships include a minimum 70% out-of-state tuition waiver
    • Awards contingent upon:
      • Acceptance into the U of A
      • Maintained university GPA of 2.75
      • Faculty approval
      • Subject to Fayetteville Policies and Procedures 516.0
  • Repertoire
    • Alto Saxophone
      • Sonata Op. 19 by Paul Creston – Mvt. 1 & 2
    • Tenor Saxophone
      • Adagio and Allegro by G.F. Handel
  • Submission Requirements:
    • Live piano accompaniment is suggested, but not required for submissions.
    • Submissions must be in MP3 format and less than 10MB
    • Email submissions to Dr. Eric Troiano on or before January 27, 2020.

For More Information About This Event      Eric Troiano, Teaching Assistant Professor of Saxophone – etroiano@uark.edu

For More Information About Registration     Nastassja Riley, 479-575-6491 or cms@uark.edu