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NASA 2022 Biennial Conference Proposals Overview

Mark your calendars now to join us Thursday-Sunday, March 10-13, 2022 for the NASA 2022 Biennial Conference at Oklahoma State University, Greenwood School of Music in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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Saxophone Player

Call for Proposals for the NASA 2022 Biennial Conference!
Better Together
Celebrating Community, Collaboration, & Diversity

The North American Saxophone Alliance is pleased to announce the NASA 2022 Biennial Conference to be held at Oklahoma State University, Greenwood School of Music in Stillwater, Oklahoma from Thursday-Sunday, March 10-13, 2022, hosted by Drs. Johnny Salinas and Tommy Poole. The Biennial will open with a Better Together concert on Thursday, March 10, featuring proposals across all categories and genres that engage with the vision of the conference. The evening concert on Friday, March 11 will feature jazz soloists with the OSU Jazz Orchestra. Wind Ensemble Soloists will be featured with the OSU Wind Bands on Saturday, March 12. NASA members will perform as part of the Large Saxophone Ensemble on Sunday, March 13 to conclude the conference.

The Biennial Conference is a time to come together and celebrate the work of NASA members and their contributions to the field. The curatorial focus of this year's conference is Better Together: Celebrating Community, Collaboration, and Diversity. This theme will guide every programming decision. There are two categories of proposals, Performance and Non-Performance, which are further broken down into specific subcategories below.

In order for a proposal in any category to be fully considered, it must align with the theme of the conference. Proposals that align with the theme of the conference should contain one or more of the following aspects (this list is not exhaustive, but can serve as a guide as you create your proposals). Submissions that celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion will be given special consideration.

Performance Proposals
  • Collaboration with other musicians
  • Collaboration with composer(s)
  • Inclusion of music and / or performers of underrepresented communities and identities
  • Music beyond the Euroclassical tradition
  • Cross-genre collaborations
  • Improvisation of any form
Non-Performance Proposals
  • Professional development
  • Music and / or performers of underrepresented communities and identities
  • Music beyond the Euroclassical tradition
  • Collaboration with other musicians
  • Collaboration with composer(s)
  • Improvisation of any form
  • Education and pedagogy
  • Entrepreneurship

Each proposal will be evaluated on its adherence to the theme of Better Together before any other aspects are considered, so please be sure your proposal resonates with the theme.

Proposals will be accepted in the following categories.

  • Professional
    • Performance
      • Soloist with Wind Ensemble*
      • Soloist with Jazz Ensemble*
      • Classical Saxophone Large Ensemble (8 or more)*
      • Jazz Saxophone Large Ensemble (8 or more)
      • Classical Saxophone (solo or solo with piano)
      • Jazz Saxophone (solo or solo with rhythm section)
      • Classical Saxophone Chamber (up to 7 performers)
      • Jazz Saxophone Chamber (up to 7 performers)
      • Open Category (beyond classical and jazz)
    • Non-Performance
      • Lectures
      • Masterclass Presentations*
      • Workshops
      • Panel Discussions
  • Student
    • Performance
      • Classical Saxophone (solo or solo with piano)
      • Jazz Saxophone (solo or solo with rhythm section)
      • Classical Saxophone Chamber (up to 7 performers)
      • Jazz Saxophone Chamber (up to 7 performers)
      • Open Category (beyond classical and jazz)
      • Masterclass Participant
    • Non-Performance
      • Lightning Presentations
      • Poster Sessions
      • Lectures
      • Workshops

* — These do not count toward your total number of proposal submissions

Timeline of Deadlines

  • Applications Open
    • September 8, 2021
  • Evening Soloist Proposals
    • September 30, 2021, 11:59 PM PST: Applications due for Wind Ensemble Soloist / Jazz Ensemble Soloist
    • October 15, 2021: Soloists for Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble announced
  • Non-Evening Soloist Proposals
    • October 30, 2021, 11:59 PM PST: Conference applications due for all remaining proposals
    • December 15, 2021: Applicants notified of conference proposal outcome
  • Schedule of Events Published
    • January 2022
  • NASA 2022 Biennial Conference
    • Thursday-Sunday, March 10-13, 2022

You must be a NASA member in order to make a submission. Click here to login, or click here to join.

General Application Guidelines

  1. The program committee only accepts proposals from current members of the North American Saxophone Alliance. You may join NASA or renew your membership if your membership is not current (General Membership — US $75, Senior — US $60, Under 30 — US $50) before submitting your proposal.
  2. Saxophonists in the Under 30 membership level will have the option to select student or professional proposals.
  3. Questions concerning membership status should be directed to .
  4. Questions regarding programming should be directed to .
  5. Questions regarding performance space, resources, performers, or any other site considerations may be directed to
  6. A Saxophone Ensemble with at least two General members may apply as a Professional chamber ensemble.
  7. Due to space limitations, saxophonists will be allowed a maximum of three presentations. Each NASA member is limited to three total applications, not including a Concerto, Masterclass Presentation, or Large Saxophone Ensemble proposal, with either of the following options:
    — 2 proposals in any performance categories and 1 proposal in any non-performance category
    OR
    — 1 proposal in any performance category and 2 proposals in any non-performance categories
  8. Not all proposals will be accepted. There is finite space/time available and we cannot guarantee that all proposals submitted will be programmed. Please make sure your proposals are well thought through and follow the conference guidelines to the utmost to be considered fully.
  9. 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.
  10. Small ensembles, up to six performers, may apply to play one performance only.
  11. For mixed chamber ensembles, only the saxophonist is required to be a member of NASA.
  12. Oklahoma State University, Greenwood School of Music will be able to provide some percussion equipment, please look below under Additional Information at the bottom of this page for the list of available equipment.
  13. A limited number of bass amps, guitar amps, pianos and drum sets will be available to request. Your drumset player will be required to bring their own cymbals.
  14. An organ will be available upon request.
  15. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  16. Photo is required for all applications of everyone on the proposal. See details under the next two sections for more clarification.

All Performance Applications Must Include

  1. Justifications for presentation at this conference. See rubric at bottom of page.
  2. An accurate duration for each proposed work, to aid the programming committee in scheduling sufficient time for each performance. Up to 18 minutes (classical) and 30 mins (jazz, includes set up and tear down) of music may be proposed.
  3. 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.
  4. A recent recording of the applicant performing the proposed work, or a work similar in scope.
  5. Biographical information for all performers for the program — 150 word maximum.
  6. Biographical information for the composer for the program — 100 word maximum. For program committee review only.
  7. Small ensembles may also submit an ensemble biography — 150 word maximum.
  8. The names of all musicians involved in the proposed performance.
  9. A photo for the program. For solo performances — headshot, and for ensemble performances — group photo.

All Non-Performance Applications Must Include

  1. Justifications for presentation at this conference. See rubric at bottom of page.
  2. An abstract of 250 words outlining the presentation.
  3. Biographical information for the presenters, maximum 150 words, for the printed program.
  4. A photo for the program. Include headshots of all contributing presenters.

Soloist with Wind Ensemble Proposals

Selected soloists will perform in the Saturday evening Wind Ensemble concert.

You must be a NASA member in order to make a submission. Click here to login, or click here to join.

  1. You must be a Professional saxophonist who is also a current NASA Member.
  2. Soloist with Wind Ensemble proposals must not exceed 20 minutes.
  3. Orchestra concertos will not be programmed for this conference. Please do not submit a proposal that includes orchestra.
  4. Proposals will be evaluated in two rounds. The first round will be scored by members of the program committee based on the proposal's justifications for presentation at this conference. The top scoring 10% of proposals or a minimum of 8 proposals will move to the second round where the program committee will listen to recorded materials. The soloists will be announced on October 15, 2021.
  5. A PDF of the full score must accompany the application. If chosen, the ensemble director will reach out to discuss parts and score.
  6. The Wind Ensemble will be programming "Alpenglow, double concerto for alto saxophone and tuba and wind ensemble" by Stacy Garrop with soloists: Johnny Salinas — alto saxophone, and Ryan Robinson — tuba, and Director of Bands at OSU — Doug Henderson. Please do not submit to perform this piece, your application will not be considered.
  7. A recording of the proposed concerto is required for the use of the program committee 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.
  8. If the recording in item 7 is a recent performance by the applicant, no other recording is required. Otherwise, include a recording that is representative of your current playing.
  9. Concertos that are incomplete at the time of application may be submitted for consideration. If your concerto is incomplete at the time of submission, submit as much of the completed score as possible and provide a date of completion for the piece. Additionally, provide a signed statement from the composer in support of your application.
  10. Saxophonists who performed a concerto with any ensemble in the previous Biennial Conference are not eligible to perform a concerto at this conference.
  11. Concerto proposals must be submitted by September 30, 2021, 11:59 PM PST. Soloists will receive notification by October 15, 2021.
  12. An application in this category does not count towards your 3 total submissions allowed.

Soloist with Jazz Ensemble Proposals

Selected soloists will perform in the Friday evening Jazz Ensemble concert.

You must be a NASA member in order to make a submission. Click here to login, or click here to join.

  1. You must be a Professional saxophonist who is also a current NASA Member.
  2. Original compositions and arrangements of standards are welcome. Soloists are allowed to perform up to two compositions/arrangements totaling 12–15 minutes.
  3. Proposals will be evaluated in two rounds. The first round will be scored by members of the program committee based on the proposal's justifications for presentation at this conference. The top scoring 10% of proposals or a minimum of 8 proposals will move to the second round where the program committee will listen to recorded materials. The soloists will be announced on October 15, 2021.
  4. A PDF of the full score must accompany the application. If chosen, the ensemble director, , will reach out to discuss parts and score.
  5. The jazz ensemble will be programming "After You've Gone" with the jazz host . Please do not submit to perform this piece, your application will not be considered.
  6. A recording of the proposed piece(s) is required for the use of the program committee 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 works are 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.
  7. If the recording in item 6 is a recent performance by the applicant, no other recording is required. Otherwise, include a recording that is representative of your current playing.
  8. Works that are incomplete at the time of application may be submitted for consideration. If your work is incomplete at the time of submission, submit as much of the completed score as possible and provide a date of completion for the piece. Additionally, provide a signed statement from the composer in support of your application.
  9. Saxophonists who were a jazz soloist in the previous Biennial Conference are not eligible to be a jazz soloist at this conference.
  10. Soloist proposals must be submitted by September 30, 2021. Soloists will receive notification by October 15, 2021.
  11. Does not count towards your 3 total submissions.

Large Saxophone Ensemble Performance Proposals

You must be a NASA member in order to make a submission. Click here to login, or click here to join.

  1. Up to 18 minutes of music.
  2. Proposals must be submitted by October 30, 2021.
  3. Proposals for Saxophone Ensembles in this category may be submitted by the ensemble teacher or ensemble leader. They will still be able to submit both in the concerto category and up to two proposals in all other categories.
  4. Does not count towards your 3 total submissions.

Professional Classical Solo, Solo with Piano, and Small Ensemble Performance Proposals

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  1. Up to 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. Fees for hiring a NASA pianist are in the range of $175-$250, depending on the difficulty and length of the proposal and the rehearsal time needed on-site at the conference. Questions regarding hiring a staff pianist may be directed to .
  4. If you need to hire a NASA pianist for your proposal, the payment will be due 3 weeks prior to the conference (February 16, 2022). Payment through Venmo is easiest and preferred, but other arrangements can be made if necessary.
  5. If you need to cancel your performance within the 3 weeks leading up to the conference, you will be refunded your collaborative pianist fee minus $100. This is to compensate the pianist for the time they have spent learning your music.
  6. For a list of available percussion equipment, please see under Additional Information at the bottom of this page.
  7. Proposals with electronics require a complete list of equipment needed. For a list of available equipment, please see under Additional Information at the bottom of this page.
  8. Proposals must be submitted by October 30, 2021.

Professional Jazz Solo, Solo with Rhythm Section, and Small Ensemble Proposals

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  1. A limited number of NASA rhythm sections are available for a fee. Fees for hiring a NASA rhythm section are in the range of $225-450, depending on the difficulty and length of the proposal. You will receive a one-hour rehearsal and 30-minute performance.

    If you need to hire a NASA rhythm section for your proposal, the payment will be due 4 weeks prior to the conference (February 9, 2022). Payment is made through Venmo. If you need to cancel your performance within the 3 weeks leading up to the conference, you will be refunded your rhythm section fee minus $200. This is to compensate the rhythm section for the time they have spent learning your music.

    A single professional jazz pianist can be employed in lieu of an entire jazz rhythm section for the price of $200. Payment will be due (February 9, 2022). Payment is made through Venmo. If you need to cancel your performance within 3 weeks leading up to the conference you will be refunded your professional jazz pianist fee minus $100. This is to compensate the pianist for the time they have spent learning your music.

    We strongly encourage bringing your own rhythm section if possible as there will be a limited number of rhythm sections available to hire. Questions regarding hiring a staff rhythm section or professional jazz pianist may be directed to host .
  2. Saxophone solo, duo, trio, quartet, saxophone section, and large saxophone ensembles are encouraged to apply.
  3. 30-minute time limit including set-up and tear down.
  4. A limited number of bass amps, guitar amps, pianos and drum sets will be available to request. Your drumset player will be required to bring their own cymbals.
  5. Proposals with electronics require a complete list of equipment needed. For a list of available equipment please see under Additional Information at the bottom of this page.
  6. Proposals must be submitted by October 30, 2021.

Professional Open (beyond classical and jazz)

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  1. This category is for performance proposals that do not fit into classical or jazz categories.
  2. For all other information please refer to guidelines under Professional Classical Solo, Solo with Piano, and Small Ensemble Proposals.

Professional Non-Performance Proposals — Lectures, Workshops, and Panel Discussions

You must be a NASA member in order to make a submission. Click here to login, or click here to join.

  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. For a list of available equipment, please see under Additional Information at the bottom of this page.
  5. Presentations and / or Panel Discussions must not exceed 50 minutes (including setup and Q&A.)
  6. Proposals must be submitted by October 30, 2021.

Masterclass Presentations

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  1. We invite masterclasses on all topics: classical, jazz, and beyond.
  2. We encourage masterclasses specific to a certain level of playing and / or include specific parameters. Examples might include: Beginning undergraduate literature, Tunes written by Christian McBride, Music written after 2000, Best practices collaborating with non-saxophonists, etc. We will tailor the students in your masterclass to your specific topic should you be chosen to present.
  3. Does not count towards your 3 total submissions.
  4. Proposals must be submitted by October 30, 2021.

Student Classical Solo, Solo with Piano, and Small Ensemble Proposals

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  1. 5-15 minutes of music.
  2. For soloists, students must be studying at the Masters level or above.
  3. For student quartets, at least half of the ensemble must consist of graduate students.
  4. Saxophone ensembles (with performers of all ages) are welcome to apply.
  5. Proposals with electronics require a complete list of equipment needed. For a list of available equipment please see under Additional Information at the bottom of this page.
  6. NASA Collaborative Pianists are available for a fee. Fees for hiring a NASA pianist are in the range of $175-$250, depending on the difficulty and length of the proposal and the rehearsal time needed on site at the conference. Questions regarding hiring a staff pianist may be directed to .

    If you need to hire a NASA pianist for your proposal, the payment will be due 3 weeks prior to the conference (February 16, 2022). Payment through Venmo is easiest and preferred, but other arrangements can be made if necessary.

    If you need to cancel your performance within the 3 weeks leading up to the conference, you will be refunded your proposal fee minus $100. This is to compensate the pianist for the time they have spent learning your music.
  7. Proposals must be submitted by October 30, 2021.

Student Jazz Solo, Solo with Rhythm Section, and Small Ensemble 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. Proposals with electronics require a complete list of equipment needed. For a list of available equipment please see under Additional Information at the bottom of this page.
  6. 30-minute time limit including set-up and teardown.
  7. Proposals must be submitted by October 30, 2021.

Student Open (Beyond classical and jazz)

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  1. This category is for performance proposals that do not fit into classical or jazz categories.
  2. For all other information please refer to guidelines under Student Classical Solo, Solo with Piano, and Small Ensemble Proposals.

Student Non-Performance Proposals — Lightning Presentations, Lectures, and Poster Sessions

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  1. Lightning Presentations — 10 minutes — perfect for younger students or researchers in the early stages of their work.

    Lectures — 50 minutes — Students showcasing substantial original research.

    Poster Sessions — students of all ages to exhibit their research and engage with individuals on a one-to-one basis. A room will be reserved for the poster sessions where students accompany a poster illustrating their methods and outcomes.
  2. High School, Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral Student members of NASA are eligible to apply for Lightning Presentations, Lectures, and Poster Sessions.
  3. 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.
  4. Proposals with electronics require a complete list of equipment needed. For a list of available equipment please see under Additional Information at the bottom of this page.
  5. 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.)
  6. Proposals must be submitted by October 30, 2021.

Student Workshops

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  1. Masters and Doctoral Student members of NASA are eligible to apply to teach high school-level student workshops.
  2. There will be the following workshops to apply for:
    1. Soprano Saxophone
    2. Alto Saxophone
    3. Tenor Saxophone
    4. Baritone Saxophone
    5. Jazz Section Saxophone Solis
  3. 2-3 applicants will be chosen to teach each of these workshops for high school students.
  4. Demonstrated proficiency in the chosen workshop topic is necessary. Include in your application a teaching resume.
  5. You must be able to provide your own saxophone for the workshop you are applying to teach. (For example, if you apply to teach the baritone saxophone workshop, you should have your own baritone to bring with you to play.)
  6. Proposals must be submitted by October 30, 2021.

Masterclass Participants

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  1. High School, Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral Student members of NASA are eligible to apply to participate in a masterclass.
  2. Proposals must include 1-2 pieces the applicant would like to perform in a masterclass. The program committee will make the final selection of repertoire.
  3. Applicants must submit a recent live recording of the pieces proposed or repertoire at the same level of difficulty as their proposed pieces.
  4. Proposals must be submitted by October 30, 2021.

Rubric

The following rubric will be used to evaluate all proposals.

CONTENT (50 points) NOT ACCEPTABLE (0) WEAK (1-4) ADEQUATE (5-9) STRONG (10-12) EXCEPTIONAL (13-15)
Does the proposal relate to and celebrate the conference theme of collaboration and togetherness? (15 pts.)
NOT ACCEPTABLE (0) WEAK (1-4) ADEQUATE (5-9) STRONG (10-12) EXCEPTIONAL (13-15)
Will the proposed activity contribute to the collective advancement of the saxophone and/or saxophone knowledge? Examples might include, but are not limited to, presentation of new music, music by emerging composers, presentation of original research, recently composed music and/or lesser-known works and tunes in any genre. (15 pts.)
NOT ACCEPTABLE (0) WEAK (1-2) ADEQUATE (3-5) STRONG (6-8) EXCEPTIONAL (9-10)
Does the proposal celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion? Special consideration will be given to events that showcase underrepresented communities. (10 pts.)
NOT ACCEPTABLE (0) WEAK (1-2) ADEQUATE (3-5) STRONG (6-8) EXCEPTIONAL (9-10)
Does the applicant make a compelling artistic or professional argument for the value of the proposed activity? (10 pts.)
TOTAL SCORE
OUTCOME OF SCORING NOT RECOMMENDED RECOMMENDED AS ALTERNATE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

* no penalization for grammar / translations

Additional Information

  1. Questions regarding programming should be directed to .
  2. Questions regarding performance space, resources, performers, or any other site considerations may be directed to
  3. Questions regarding hiring a staff pianist may be directed to the .
  4. Percussion equipment you may request to use on-site at the conference: We will do our best to honor these requests but there is no guarantee.
    marimba
    vibraphone
    xylophone
    chimes
    bass drum
    bongos
    congas
    woodblocks
    guiro
    suspended cymbal
    splash cymbal
    floor tom
    kick drum
    glockenspiel
    crotales
    china symbol
    tam-tam
    drumset
    snare
    piccolo snare
    auxiliary table
  5. Electronic equipment you may request to use on-site at the conference:
    Performance
    Stereo PA System (speaker specifics and setup will be posted at a later date)
    Mixer (1/4", XLR, and AUX (1/8") inputs)
    Microphones
    Microphone Stands
    XLR Cables
    1/4" Cables
    1/8" Cables
    Projector
    Projection Screen

    Non-Performance
    1 Speaking Microphone
    Projector
    Projection Screen
    A lectern or something with A/V hookups (HDMI and AUX)
    A White Board

    Specifics about speaker types/setup, and connections will be posted soon.