New Zealand Classical Saxophone Summer School

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  • New Zealand Classical Saxophone Summer School

    30th March - 2nd April 2018 Taranaki


The NZ Classical Saxophone Summer (Easter this year) School is a unique opportunity to develop your saxophone skills. Hosted by some of New Zealand’s leading saxophonists, and bringing exciting international guest tutors, the Summer School weekend offers participants masterclasses/workshops, individual and ensemble coaching, and participation in a full saxophone ensemble. The host-venue for the Summer School is the stunning Puritawa Estate, close to New Plymouth (20 minutes) in Northern Taranaki, and easily accessible from New Plymouth Airport (within an easy 15-minute drive).


Mark Hobson

Mark Hobson

Mark Hobson

Mark Hobson is currently saxophonist with the RNZN Band. Prior to this he built one of the most dynamic and successful saxophone scenes in Christchurch. He has performed with many orchestras, including the Auckland Philharmonia and internationally at the World Saxophone Congress in both Slovenia and Thailand, often presenting new works he has championed for the saxophone.


Joseph Lallo

Joseph Lallo

A native of Melbourne, Australian saxophonist and conductor Joseph Lallo returned to his hometown in 2016 after six years in France, and is currently teaching saxophone at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne. Joseph is a graduate of The University of Melbourne (Barry Cockroft & Ian Godfrey), the Bordeaux Conservatoire de Musique (Marie-Bernadette Charrier), and the Strasbourg Haute École des Arts du Rhin (Philippe Geiss). He has performed in masterclasses with Claude Delangle, Kenneth Tse, Vincent David, Jean-Denis Michat, Guy Lacour, and Neils Bijl, amongst others.

Joseph has performed alongside some of the top performers and pedagogues around the world, and was the programming assistant for SaxOpen, the 2015 World Saxophone Congress and Festival. He has performed with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, and is a member of the ensemble Duo Dela with soprano Claire Trouilloud. An advocate of new music and combination ensembles, he has performed World Premiers by Jean-François Zygel, Tómas Gubitsch, Ivan Solano, Javier Muñoz -Bravo, Franck Tortiller and Mark Phillips, the French premier of Roger Boutry’s Concerto for Alto and Soprano Saxophone, and the Australian premiers of works by Robert Lemay, François Rossé, Gilbert Amy, Pierre Jodlowski, Mauricio Sotelo and Philippe Geiss. He was featured artist on Australian composer Katy Abbot’s 2010 CD, Sunburnt Aftertones. Joseph has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the 2013 Strasbourg HEAR New Talent Scholarship, the 2012 Australian Arts Council Skills and Development Grant, the 2009 Catherine Grace McWilliam Bequest for achieving the highest result in his Bachelor of Music, the 2009 Donovan-Johnston Memorial Travel Scholarship, and the 20 08 Rogowski Saxophone Scholarship. Joseph has taught at The Australian Saxophone Retreat, The Melbourne Saxophone Workshop, and The Strasbourg Conservatorium of Music.


Michael Jamieson

Michael Jamieson

Michael studied at Victoria University/NZSM, at the Messiaen Academy in The Netherlands and the Conservatoire National de Région de Strasbourg in France.  He was a recipient of a Massey University Blues award, the Patricia Pratt Scholarship and a Creative NZ study grant, enabling postgraduate study abroad.
Since completing his Masters in 2007, he has been in demand as a teacher and orchestral and chamber musician. He is the saxophone teacher at the University of Auckland and is a clarinet and saxophone tutor for APO’s Connecting programme.
Michael works with such groups as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Radio Chamber Orchestra (NL), Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rata Trio and Hanumi Saxophone Quartet and is lead saxophonist of the Royal New Zealand Navy Band.

Michael is a D’Addario Reeds and Selmer-Paris Saxophones performing artist.


Simon Brew

Simon Brew

Simon Brew was appointed the Director of Music for the RNZAF Band in April 2013. Simon graduated from the ArtEZ Conservatorium, Netherlands, with a Masters of Music in Classical Saxophone and Conducting. He is a contract player for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra as well as appearing with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands National Orchestra, and Netherlands Blazers Ensemble. He has given solo and chamber recitals throughout NZ, as well as Austria, France, England, Germany, Australia, The United States and Scotland where he appeared in recital with the great saxophone soloist, Arno Bornkamp. He has appeared as saxophonist or conductor at numerous international festivals including the BBC Proms, Brandenburg Festival, Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, NZ International Festival of the Arts and the Taranaki Arts Festival.


Reuben Chin

Reuben Chin

Reuben holds a Bachelor of Music, Postgraduate Diploma in Music with distinction and a Master of Musical Arts with distinction from the TeKōkī New Zealand School of Music, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University. During his undergraduate music study Reuben won the NZSM Concerto Competition, Woodwind Audition Competition and the Woodwind Player of the Year Competition. He was also a member of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, a finalist in the Pettman/Royal Over-Seas League Chamber Music Competition, runner-up in the New Zealand Woodwind Competition, and a double prize winner and semi-finalist in the Gisborne International Music Competition. Reuben holds ATCL, LTCL, and FTCL diplomas and has featured as a soloist with the Nelson Symphony Orchestra, Kapiti Concert Orchestra, NZSM Orchestra and Royal New Zealand Air Force Band. He has toured for Chamber Music New Zealand with the ensemble Saxcess, and has been a contract player for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Reuben was also a semi-finalist in the 2014 Singapore Woodwind Festival Saxophone Competition and a semi-finalist in the 2016 National Concerto Competition. 


Jay Byrnes

Jay Byrnes

Jay Byrnes is a charismatic face in the Australian saxophone scene. Active as a performer, arranger and educator. Acclaimed for his dynamic stage presence and rigorous attention to stylistic detail Jay is a leader in the interpretation of Latin American music for the saxophone. Having performed throughout Europe, South America and Australasia as both a soloist and chamber musician Jay has developed a reputation for being a versatile and charismatic performer.
As an educator Jay has held teaching positions in the United Kingdom, Venezuela and Australia. He has also given masterclasses at the Conservatorio Superior de Musica Astor Piazzolla – Argentina, the Queensland Conservatorium; and was guest tutor for 2 years at the Conservatorio de Musica Simon Bolivar, Caracas, Venezuela whilst completing his Masters degree in Portugal.
Jay is an artist for D’Addario and EGR ligatures. He has been a Yangaisawa Saxophones Australian Artist since 2008 and Yanagisawa International Artist since 2015.


This year’s programme will be over the Easter Weekend and will kick off at 2pm on Friday 30th of March (Good Friday) with a quick orientation/briefing followed by a warm-up session and saxophone ensemble. Small ensemble sessions will continue the schedule and after dinner there will time to settle in, some more ensemble time and a quiz event in the evening.

Saturday will start with warm-ups and saxophone orchestra rehearsal, followed by a presentation/workshop on reeds and related equipment. Solo sessions will bring us through to lunch and after that will be presentations from some our sponsors and a chance to test out some beautiful equipment/gear. There will be group coaching sessions of small ensembles, more solo sessions bringing us through to dinner and an evening concert from some of our tutors in the Puritawa Concert Hall.

Sunday’s programme will begin with warm-ups and saxophone orchestra, and following morning tea will be solo sessions until lunch. After lunch will be small ensemble sessions and a public concert of the small ensembles at Puritawa in the afternoon. Dinner will be at a location to be decided, followed by some free time and solo coaching sessions ending the day.

Monday will again warm up with saxophone orchestra and after morning tea, there will be some concert prep time before participants head to the city for a short public lunchtime concert. The weekend’s programme will conclude at 12.45pm in the city.

To see some pictures from the previous Summer Schools, please visit our Facebook page!


2018 Concerts

Saturday 31st March – 7.30PM – Tutors – ASAXQ

Puritawa Estate, Lepperton – $20


Sunday 1st April – 3PM – Participants concert (feat. saxophone quartets and small ensembles)

Puritawa Estate, Lepperton – Entry by koha


Monday 2nd April – 12PM – Full Saxophone Orchestra (NZ’s biggest saxophone orchestra!!)

Venue TBC, New Plymouth – Entry by koha




Venue - Puritawa Estate


277 Wortley Road, Lepperton, RD3, New Plymouth 4373

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