New England Saxophone Symposium
May 18, 2019
2500 North River Road Manchester, NH
The New England Saxophone Symposium, presented by The Saxyderms in collaboration with Southern New Hampshire University, aims to bring together saxophonists of all ages and skill levels for a day of saxophone learning, exploration, and performance. Special thanks to SNHU for hosting this event!
Registration table opens
10 - 10:15
10:15 - 11:15
11:30 - 12:15
11:30 - 12:15
12:15 - 1
1 - 1:45
1 - 1:45
2 - 3
2 - 3
2 - 3
3:15 - 4:30
The event will be in SNHU’s dining center, with best available parking in lots 12-CV and 26-CV.
10:15 - 11:15 Coltrane
All saxophonists are welcome to come play as part of a large reading ensemble. We’ll play some jazz and classical pieces arranged for all saxes. It doesn’t matter whether you came with a group or by yourself -- come read saxophone ensemble music with us!
11:30 - 12:15 Coltrane
Does your improvisation seem stale? Looking for new ways to express yourself? This workshop will highlight several different approaches to jazz improvisation that will add to your bag of tricks.
11:30 - 12:15 Rousseau 1:00 - 1:45 Coltrane
If you’re coming with an ensemble, sign up for one of our coaching sessions! Prepare 1-2 pieces, perform them, and get feedback and direction from one of our master coaches. Audience members/those who prefer to listen and learn are welcome. Sign up using our registration form.
1:00 - 1:45 Rousseau
Nothing is more important for a classical saxophonist than their sound. This clinic will focus on techniques for developing a beautiful and stylistically appropriate sound. In addition to exercises for tone quality, vibrato, and tonguing, we will focus on voicing, which is an essential tool for manipulation of tone and playing in the altissimo range.
2:00 - 3:00 First floor
Are you a saxophonist who believes that low Bb/A just isn’t low enough? Want to honk even lower? Come make your own low G cone! We’ll supply the materials and the tuner; you supply your own horn. Come for the cone, but stay for the science with the Saxyderms’ own professional acoustic engineer.
2:00 - 3:00 Rousseau
Working with adults presents different opportunities and challenges than working with grade school, or even college students. Bringing his decade of experience directing the Saxyderms, Tom Beraldi will offer tips, ideas, and proven strategies for managing and directing a saxophone community ensemble. Come hear about finding a practice space, to “due” or not to “dues”, organization and programming, and promoting your ensemble.
2:00 - 3:00 Coltrane
If you've ever wanted to play in a big band or in a theater pit orchestra, you'll need to be able to play saxophone as well as clarinet and flute at a high level. This clinic will focus on techniques for practicing and maintaining skills on multiple instruments.
3:15 - 4:30 Coltrane
Selected saxophone groups will put on a concert! Sign up to perform using our registration form, or plan on sticking around to listen.
12:15 - 1:00 First floor
Food will be available for purchase in SNHU’s dining center, or bring your own bag lunch.
Tom Beraldi has served as executive and musical director of The Saxyderms, one of New England’s largest saxophone ensembles, since 2006. Though his primary training is in orchestral percussion, Tom doubled on saxophone throughout high school and college. He was the group’s soprano saxophonist from 2006 to 2008. Tom earned his undergraduate degrees at Florida State University where he was active in the university’s concert band and steel drum ensemble. He earned his master’s degree at Tufts University where he founded the Tufts Percussion Ensemble and was the principal percussionist for both the Tufts Wind Ensemble and the student-run musical theatre group Torn Ticket II. Tom has also performed as a section percussionist with the Middlesex (MA) Concert Band and the Metropolitan Wind Symphony.
Tom is a prolific saxophone ensemble arranger, focusing mostly on orchestral and wind band reductions. His arranging and transcription credits include Sinfonia Nobilissima (Jager), Aegean Festival Overture (Makris), Harry Potter Symphonic Suite (Williams), Lincolnshire Posy (Grainger), O Magnum Mysterium (Lauritsen), Suite of Old American Dances (Bennett) and October (Whitacre).
Tom currently works in the president’s office at Southern New Hampshire University where he previously taught percussion techniques and pedagogy courses in the university’s music education program, directed the SNHU Percussion Ensemble, and occasionally coaches the SNHU Saxophone Studio. He resides in Arlington, Massachusetts with his wife Emmy and son Calvin.
When it came time to choose an instrument in elementary school, Ethan could not decide which one was for him. Fortunately, his mother took care of things and signed him up for the saxophone at the tender age of 9. Notable early accolades include sitting first chair baritone sax in the Vermont All-State and All-New England wind ensembles as well as the Vermont All-State jazz band. In college, Ethan played alto sax for a number of local funk/groove bands around the University of Maine campus and in the UMaine jazz ensemble under the direction of Karl Lidral.
Except for a two-year sabbatical to attend graduate school at Purdue University, Ethan has been playing baritone saxophone with The Saxyderms since 2006, making him one of the longest serving members. With bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and a love for all kinds of sound, he works at Acentech, an engineering acoustics and vibrations consulting firm in Cambridge, MA. Ethan's other interests include bicycling, skiing, and basketball.
Jess is the chair of the New England Saxophone Symposium. She earned a bachelor's degree in jazz saxophone performance at the University of Rhode Island where she was the recipient of the Presser Scholar Award, given to an outstanding musician in their senior year, and the Presidential Award, earned by the graduating senior with the highest GPA in his/her field. She completed her master's degree in music theory at Tufts University studying with Janet Schmalfeldt.
Jess is the assistant conductor of The Saxyderms, and is one of the primary arrangers of the group. She has been with The Saxyderms since 2013, but has also performed with The Ticonderogas, Tournament Arc, Full Combo, and Smoochyface. Additionally, she does freelance video game music recording work in the Boston area. When she's not playing awesome music with The Saxyderms, Jess teaches middle school general music and band at Innovation Academy Charter School in Tyngsboro, MA, and transcribes and edits video game music with her husband Mark.
A native of Newburyport Massachusetts, Jared Holaday holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a Masters Degree in Music from the Longy School of Music. Jared is an accomplished saxophonist, flautist and clarinetist, sharing his passion and skill between them. An avid performer and multi-instrumentalist, he has been on stage with various musical groups throughout New England including Lux, Groove Alliance, Introduction: The Chicago Experience, 10,000 Maniacs, and the Boston Civic Symphony.
He also makes frequent appearances playing in local theater pit orchestras where his ability to play multiple instruments in any style keeps him in demand. Trained in classical, jazz, and contemporary music, Jared truly embodies the phrase "jack of all trades". Jared is a member of the music faculty at University of Massachusetts Lowell as well as the Governor’s Academy in Byfield, MA.
Andy Wilds is a saxophonist and music educator based in Boston, Massachusetts. He has performed with such acclaimed groups as the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the Round Top Festival Orchestra, and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble. He has also performed professionally with a variety of chamber ensembles, including saxophone quartet, reed quintet, and saxophone ensemble. He is currently the alto saxophonist for the Jamaica Plain Saxophone Quartet. Wilds can be heard on several recordings, including the most recent TexSax album, Over the Rainbow and Bach Again, the debut album from the Austin Saxophone Ensemble, Plunge, as well as the 2016 release from the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Wine-Dark Sea.
Andy earned his Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. He earned a Master’s Degree in Music Performance also from the University of Texas where he studied with Professor Harvey Pittel, serving as Teaching Assistant for the saxophone studio. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the New England Conservatory, where he studies saxophone with Ken Radnofsky.