Saxophone Solo Scholarship Competition 2019


Open to 11th and 12th grade students who plan to major in music at the University of Arkansas.


Saturday, February 9, 2019


9:00 am – 1:00 pm


Billingsley Music Building (MUSC) and Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall (FNAR), U of A Campus, Fayetteville.

Click here for maps and directions.

Scholarship Awards

  • 1st prize – $6000 per year
  • 2nd prize – $5000 per year
  • 3rd prize – $4000 per year

For out-of-state finalists, scholarships include a minimum 70% out-of-state tuition waiver.

Award Criteria

  • Acceptance into the University of Arkansas
  • Maintained university GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Faculty approval


Alto Sax Repertoire:  Sonata by Paul Creston – Movements 1 & 2

Tenor Sax Repertoire:   Adagio and Allegro by G. F. Handel

Entry Submission Requirements

  • Applicant must submit a recording of repertoire chosen from competition selections.
  • Recording must be in MP3 format, no larger than 10MB.
  • DEADLINE EXTENDED! Scholarship application and recording must be submitted by February 2, 2019 to be considered.
  • Click HERE to apply.


9:00 A.M.


Music Building Bridge

(2nd floor)

9:00 – 9:30 A.M.

Individual Practice

Assigned practice rooms

9:30 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Individual Practice & Rehearsals

Practice rooms & Concert hall

12:00 – 1:00 P.M.


Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall

For more Information Contact      Professor Eric Troiano – 479-575-4190, 

Meet the Director

Eric Troiano



Eric Troiano joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas in the fall of 2016. 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, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and many other high schools around Michigan and New York. As a member of the Viridian Saxophone Quartet, he performs regularly across the country. The Viridian Quartet has won top prizes in North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, Coleman Chamber Music Competition, and the MTNA Chamber Music Competition.

An advocate for new music, Eric Troiano has premiered and commissioned many new pieces for the saxophone and saxophone quartet, including pieces by composers Andrew Francis, Peter Golub, Justin Rito, Curtis Smith, among others. As an accomplished baritone saxophonist, Troiano has pioneered many solo and chamber works for the instrument. He is in the process of creating a pedagogical method for the baritone saxophone that utilizes the work of J.S. Bach to teach techniques of playing the instrument.

A native of Connecticut, Dr. Troiano received a bachelor of music in music education and saxophone performance from Ithaca College, a master of music and DMA in saxophone performance from Michigan State University. His primary teachers include Joseph Lulloff and Steven Mauk. Dr. Troiano is a Selmer endorsing artist.