2018 Solo Saxophone Commissioning Consortium
New music saxophone friends! Looking for some brand new dynamic repertoire for your instrument? Check out this exciting new consortium project to commission new works for the solo saxophone!
February 2019 Update: Premiere Performance
Each piece from the consortium will be premiered during a lecture recital program at the North American Saxophone Alliance 2019 Region 10 Conference at Western University in London, Canada. The conference runs February 22nd-24th, with this program happening at 4pm, February 23rd in Von Kuster Hall. Recordings from the premiere to follow!
Co-organized by lead commissioner/emerging saxophonist Samantha Etchegary (Toronto/NL, Canada) and composer Andrew Noseworthy (London/NL, Canada), this consortium will result in the creation of 5 new and unique works for the contemporary classical saxophone repertoire. Five commissioned composers representing a wide array of backgrounds and styles will each write a new 4-8 minute solo work (either with electronic/piano accompaniment or unaccompanied) that you can co-commission as a consortium member.
The five composers involved in the project include composer/saxophonists Shelley Washington (NYC), Andrew Koss (NYC) and Anna Meadors (Princeton), as well as James Lowrie (Toronto/London, Canada) and Andrew Noseworthy (London/NL, Canada). Each piece will be composed throughout the duration of the consortium process, with final scores and other materials to be sent out at its conclusion on November 30th, 2018. See below to hear/see samples of recent work by each composer:
Nearly half of these pieces will be for the soprano/tenor sax, while the remaining works will be for the alto/baritone; either by having different versions of the same piece for the two corresponding types chosen or by having the piece open to using either one at the choice of the performer. These possibilities mean that no matter which sax you regularly perform on, at least 2-3 of these works will be for your specific horn of choice.
As a consortium participant, each player will receive:
-digital and hard copy scores+materials of all 5 pieces
-acknowledgement in each score as a co-commissioner
-updates throughout the composing process
-performance exclusivity rights of each piece from March 2019-2020, following the initial premieres by Samantha Etchegary in the Winter 2018/2019.