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Department of Music
Phone: (509) 963-1216
Fax: (509) 963-1239
music@cwu.edu

Black and white image of student playing a bass saxophone.Saxophone at CWU

In order to study Saxophone at CWU, you must first audition for the music faculty. Visit our Saxophone Audition Requirements page for specific information on the audition process. Transfer students should be sure to visit our Transfer Student Information for Music Majors page for very important transfer student considerations.

The saxophone studio at Central Washington University is dedicated to advancing each student's unique voice and artistry with the saxophone across a multitude of genres. Students will enter a competitive, collegial, and welcoming environment where they will challenge one another, foster artistic growth, and develop the necessary skills to achieve success in the musical world and beyond. When you choose to study saxophone at Central Washington University, you have committed to pursuing excellence in this field. You will receive well-rounded exposure and experience in many performance settings as well as intensive training for careers in teaching, performance, and research. Regardless of your degree track it is essential that you become the best musician possible. Participation in solo performances as well as in chamber ensembles, saxophone ensemble, and the numerous CWU Large Ensembles, will be supplemented with innovative approaches of incorporating music into the fabric of everyday life.

A relaxed and fluid technique is considered a necessary preliminary to expressive musicianship: students are expected to maintain a rigorous practice ethic, working to develop technical mastery of their instrument. They are guided in the search to find their own musical voice and are afforded numerous opportunities to become comfortable expressing themselves in performance situations.

It is highly encouraged that CWU saxophone students perform both on and off campus in a wide range of venues. Examples of off campus performances include local professional orchestras, international and national conferences, and competitions such as the World Saxophone Congress, the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial and Region Conferences, the International Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and the Music Teacher’s National Association Solo and Chamber Music Competitions. Community engagement concerts may include libraries, museums, places of business, arts organizations, retirement communities, nursing homes, and public and private schools. CWU saxophonists will also participate regularly in master classes given by both saxophonists and non-saxophonists.

Many current students, and alumni, have been successful within the field. Their teaching and performance careers vary from military band musicians, elementary, middle, and high school music educators, freelance musicians, members of professional Symphony Orchestras, and private studio teachers.

Degrees at Central Washington University

Undergraduate

  • Bachelor of Music – Performance
  • Bachelor of Music – Composition
  • Music Education Program
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Jazz Studies Certificate

Graduate

  • Master of Music Education
  • Master of Music Education for Band Directors
  • Master of Music
  • Post-Baccalaureate Degree

*Visit our Degree Programs page for more detailed information on each degree.

Performance Opportunities for Saxophonists at Central Washington University

  • Wind Ensemble
  • Symphonic Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensembles
  • Chamber and Early Music Ensembles
  • Marching Band
  • Basketball Band

Contact: Dr. Kendra Wheeler
Assistant Professor of Saxophone
509-963-1312
Kendra.Wheeler@cwu.edu