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NASA 2018 Biennial Conference Proposals Overview

Mark your calendars now to join us March 8-11, 2018 for the NASA 2018 Biennial Conference at University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio.
James Bunte — Host
— Conference Program Committee Chair
— NASA Director of Marketing

#NASA2018

Saxophone Player

Call for Proposals for the NASA 2018 Biennial Conference!

The North American Saxophone Alliance is pleased to announce the NASA 2018 Biennial Conference to be held at University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio from March 8-11, 2018, hosted by James Bunte. The Biennial begins with the Thursday, March 10, 8pm Opening Concerto Concert featuring soloists with the University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music Symphony Orchestra and the University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music Wind Ensemble and ends with the Sunday, March 13, 3pm Closing Gala Concert and 5pm closing reception. The program committee welcomes proposals for performances, panel discussions, lectures, papers, master classes and other presentations.

The Biennial Conference aims to provide a forum where the NASA membership presents its most important current work, showcasing the wide variety of today's trends in saxophone performance, pedagogy and scholarship. This may include commissioned works, new scholarship and/or interpretation of familiar repertoire, both new and established pedagogical approaches, and other proposals representative of the energy and enthusiasm of the NASA membership.

Please limit applications to your most important current work that you feel strongly about presenting to the saxophone community at the Biennial. Our aim is to showcase the rich, vital work of our vibrant community of saxophonists.

Proposals will be accepted in the following categories.

  • Symphony Orchestra Concerto
  • Jazz Soloist with Jazz Ensemble
  • Classical Solo Performance
  • Classical Chamber Music Performance
  • Jazz Performance
  • Master Classes
  • Non-Performance Proposals: Lectures, Papers, and Panel Discussions

Timeline of Deadlines

  • August 24, 2017: Applications Open
  • Concerto Proposals
    • October 4, 2017: Concerto Applications due for Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble
    • November 1, 2017: Concerto Soloists notified for Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble
  • Non-Concerto Proposals
    • November 1, 2017: Conference applications due for all non-concerto proposals
    • January 15, 2018: Applicants notified for conference proposals
  • January 2018: Schedule of Events published
  • March 8-11, 2018 : NASA 2018 Biennial Conference

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Contact with any questions about conference proposals, with questions about the conference, or with questions about your membership.

General Application Guidelines

  1. The program committee only accepts proposals from Student and Professional members of the North American Saxophone Alliance. You may join NASA or renew your membership if your membership is not current (Professional — US $35, Student/Senior Citizen — US $25) before submitting your proposal.
  2. Questions concerning membership status should be directed to .
  3. A Saxophone Quartet with at least two Professional members may apply as a Professional chamber ensemble.
  4. Due to space limitations, saxophonists will be allowed a maximum of three performances, only one of which may be a solo performance. Performance proposals may be made for 10-18 minutes of music. Each NASA member is limited to three applications (not including a concerto). Applications must list the names of all collaborating saxophonists. If a member's name appears in a proposal, it will be considered one of their three proposals, regardless of who submits the application.
  5. University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music will be able to provide large equipment only (bass drums, timpani, and keyboard instruments — marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, chimes). Smaller instruments and equipment such as snare drums, drum sets, cymbals, tom-toms, bells, tambourines, etc. can not be provided.
  6. Chamber ensembles may apply to play one performance, only.
  7. For mixed chamber ensembles, only the saxophonist is required to be a member of NASA.
  8. Please make every effort to ensure your application is complete before you submit it. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All Performance Applications Must Include

  1. An accurate duration for each proposed work, to aid the programming committee in scheduling sufficient time for each performance. 10-18 minutes of music may be proposed.
  2. Complete title of proposed piece(s), including movement titles, if applicable, as well as date of composition, name of composer and composer dates. Your application will serve as the source of information for the printed conference program book, so please be sure submitted information is complete and accurate.
  3. A recent recording of the applicant performing the proposed work, or a work similar in scope.
  4. Biographical information for all performers, maximum 150 words, for the printed program.
  5. Biographical information for the composer, maximum 100 words (for program committee review only, not for inclusion in the conference program book).
  6. Chamber groups may also submit an ensemble biography, maximum 200 words.
  7. The names of all musicians involved in the proposed performance.
  8. A short justification for presentation at this conference.

All Non-Performance Applications Must Include

  1. An abstract of 250 words outlining the presentation.
  2. Biographical information for the presenters, maximum 150 words, for the printed program.
  3. A short justification for presentation at this conference.

Symphony Orchestra Concerto Proposals

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  1. You must be a Professional NASA Member residing in North America to submit a proposal in this category.
  2. Concerto proposals must not exceed 20 minutes.
  3. Proposals will be evaluated by members of the program committee. Recommended proposals will then be forwarded to the Symphony Orchestra directors. The Orchestra directors will have final approval for accepted proposals.
  4. A PDF of the full score must accompany the application. Hard copy of score will be requested if the work is chosen.
  5. A recording of the proposed concerto is required, for the use of the program committee and the conductor in evaluating the proposed work. The recording may be an electronic realization or a performance by a saxophonist other than the applicant. If the proposed concerto is not yet complete, include a recording of a portion of the proposed work, if possible. If that is not possible, include a recording of a representative work by the proposed composer.
  6. If the recording in item 5. is a recent performance by the applicant, no other recording is required. Otherwise, include a recording of your recent performance of music of comparable difficulty and quality of your proposed concerto on the same instrument used in the proposed piece.
  7. Concertos that are incomplete at the time of application may be submitted for consideration. These proposals, however, are at a disadvantage.
  8. Saxophonists who performed a concerto in the previous Biennial Conference are not eligible for a concerto at this conference.
  9. Concerto proposals must be submitted by October 4, 2017. Soloists will receive notification by November 1, 2017. Applicants who are not accepted are encouraged to submit a non-concerto proposal for the conference, due November 1, 2017.
  10. A photo of the performer.

Jazz Soloist with Jazz Ensemble Proposals

Selected soloists will perform in the Saturday evening concert.

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  1. You must be a Professional NASA Member residing in North America to submit a proposal in this category.
  2. Original compositions and arrangements of standards are welcome. Soloists are allowed to perform two compositions/arrangements or one multi-movement composition, with a 20-minute time limit.
  3. A PDF of the full score must accompany the application. A hard copy of the score and parts will be requested if the work is chosen.
  4. If you are proposing the premiere of a work not yet completed, include a recording of your recent performance of music of comparable difficulty and quality on the same instrument used in the proposed piece, and include a recording of a representative work by the proposed composer/arranger.
  5. Soloist proposals must be submitted by October 4, 2017. Soloists will receive notification by November 1, 2017. Applicants who are not accepted are encouraged to submit a non-soloist proposal for the conference, due November 1, 2017.
  6. A photo of the performer.

Professional Classical Solo and Chamber Music Performance Proposals

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  1. 10-18 minutes of music
  2. Works with electronics will have a scheduled rehearsal time in the hall.
  3. NASA Collaborative Pianists are available for a fee. List is forthcoming.
  4. Proposals must be submitted by November 1, 2017.
  5. For proposals that require percussion instruments: University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music will be able to provide large equipment only (keyboard instruments (marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, chimes), bass drums, and timpani.) Smaller instruments and equipment such as snare drums, drum sets, cymbals, tom-toms, bells, tambourines, etc. can not be provided.
  6. Proposals with electronics require a complete list of equipment needed with a detailed diagram of the tech setup.
  7. Proposals for Saxophone Ensembles may be submitted by the ensemble teacher or ensemble leader in the Professional Classical Chamber Music category.

Student Classical Proposals

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  1. For soloists, students must be studying at the Masters level or above.
  2. For student quartets, at least half of the ensemble must consist of graduate students. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. In these instances, a letter of support from the major professor is required.
  3. For master class participation, students of all levels, including high school, will be given consideration, with preference towards undergraduate performers.
  4. Saxophone ensembles (with performers of all ages) are welcome to apply.
  5. Proposals for Saxophone Ensembles may be submitted by the ensemble teacher or ensemble leader in the Professional Classical Chamber Music category.

Professional Jazz Performance Proposals

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  1. Groups must be self-contained and bring their own rhythm sections.
  2. Groups may not be larger than a sextet. Standard and non-standard instrumentation is welcome.
  3. Saxophone solo, duo, trio, quartet, saxophone section, and large saxophone ensembles are encouraged to apply.
  4. 30-minute time limit including set-up and tear down.

Student Jazz Proposals

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  1. For performance proposals, students must be enrolled at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  2. Groups must be self-contained and bring their own rhythm sections.
  3. Combos may not be larger than a sextet (2-3 horns and 3-4 rhythm).
  4. Saxophone solo, duo, trio, quartet, saxophone section, and large saxophone ensembles are encouraged to apply.
  5. 30-minute time limit including set-up and tear down.
  6. For master class participation, students of all levels will be given consideration, including high school.
  7. For master class presentations, students must be at the university senior or graduate level.

Professional Non-Performance Proposals — Jazz and Classical Lectures, Master Classes, Panel Discussions

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  1. Include an abstract of no more than 250 words outlining the presentation. The abstract should accurately reflect the entire content of the presentation (thesis, methods, conclusions).
  2. Lecture proposals should articulate a clear emphasis on scholarly and/or pedagogical topics. Proposals that are primarily performance based, or designed to promote products will not be considered.
  3. For jazz presentations, proposals must be self-contained and bring their own rhythm sections if needed.
  4. All presenters will be required to use their own personal computer and appropriate adaptors and cables. Rooms will come equipped with projection screens and speakers.
  5. Presentations and/or Panel Discussions must not exceed 50 minutes.
  6. Proposals must be submitted by November 1, 2017.

Master Class Participants

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  1. High School, Undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral Student members of NASA are eligible to apply to play on a master class.
  2. Proposals must include 1-2 pieces the applicant would like to perform on a master class. The Program Committee will make the final selection of repertoire.
  3. Applicants must submit a recent live recording of their performance of repertoire at the same level of difficulty as their proposed pieces.

Additional Information

  1. NASA Collaborative Pianists are available for a fee. List is forthcoming.
  2. Questions regarding programming should be directed to .
  3. Questions regarding performance space, resources, performers, or any other site considerations may be directed to .

Eligibility Overview

Professional Student
High School
Student
Undergrad
Student
Masters
Student
Doctoral
Senior
Symphony Orchestra Concerto 1 X X
Jazz Soloist with Jazz Ensemble 1 X X
Professional Classical Solo Performance X X
Professional Classical Chamber Music Performance 2 X X
Student Classical Solo Performance X X
Student Classical Chamber Music Performance 3 X X X
Professional Jazz Performance X X
Student Jazz Performance X X X
Non-Performance: Master Class X X
Non-Performance: Jazz Lecture X X X
Non-Performance: Classical Lecture 4 X X X
Non-Performance: Panel Discussion 5 X X
Master Class Participants X X X X

1 You must be a Professional or Senior member, and reside in North America, for this submission to be considered.

2 Quartets with 2 or more Professionals can apply in this category. One performance per ensemble max.

3 Quartets must have at least half Masters level or higher.

4 Lectures must be lead by a Professional or Doctoral Student.

5 Panel must be lead by a Professional member. A graduate student may, if invited by the leader, be a member of the panel.