Proposals

Call for Proposals

The North American Saxophone Alliance is pleased to announce the 2014 NASA Biennial Conference to be held at the School of Music and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Illinois, from March 20-23, 2014. The program committee welcomes proposals for performances, panels, lecture-recitals, papers, master classes, and other presentations. Special consideration will be given to presentations that assist the conference in showcasing the versatility and progression of the saxophone in performance, pedagogy and industry from its invention to present day.

2014 NASA Conference Theme

NASA honors the 200th birthday of Adolphe Sax and the 20th anniversary of the first NASA biennial conference: A Historical and Present Day Celebration of Saxophone Performance, Pedagogy and Industry.

Timeline of Deadlines

  • Sept. 1, 2013: Concerto applications due for Wind Symphony and Concert Jazz Band
  • Oct. 1, 2013: Concerto soloists notified for Wind Symphony and Concert Jazz Band
  • Oct. 15, 2013: Conference applications due for all non-concerto proposals
  • December 2013: Applicants notified for conference proposals
  • January  2014: Schedule of Events published (after MTNA National Finalists are announced as to avoid possible schedule conflicts)
  • March 20-23, 2014 : 2014 NASA Biennial Conference, opens with evening concerto concert at 7:30pm on Thursday, March 20, 2014

All Performance Applications Must Include

  1. A recent recording of the applicant performing the proposed work, or a work similar in scope, in MP3 format.
  2. Biographical information for all performers, maximum 150 words, for the printed program.
  3. Biographical information for the composer, 100 words (for program committee review only).
  4. Experienced chamber groups may also submit an ensemble biography, maximum 150 words.
  5. A photo of the performer in .JPG format.
  6. 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 photo of the presenter in .JPG format.
  4. A short justification for presentation at this conference.

Wind Symphony Concerto Proposals for Opening Concert
Thursday, March 20 at 7:00pm

Submit your Wind Symphony Concerto Proposal here (you must a current NASA member and logged into your account)

  1. A joint concert featuring the UI Wind Symphony and the UI Symphony Orchestra opens the conference. Guest soloists with the orchestra are Donald Sinta and Eugene Rousseau.
  2. The Wind Symphony will accept 2-3 soloists (work may be for wind ensemble or chamber winds). Ensemble director will have final approval for accepted proposals.
  3. Concerto proposals must not exceed 20 minutes.
  4. A .PDF of the full score must accompany the application. Hard copy of score will be requested if the work is chosen.
  5. If you are proposing a premiere performance, 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 (this sample can be for any instrumentation).
  6. Concerto proposals must be submitted by September 1. Soloists will receive notification by October 1. Applicants who are not accepted are encouraged to submit a non-concerto proposal for the conference, due October 15.

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Jazz Soloist Proposals with UI Concert Jazz Band
Friday, March 21 at 7:00pm

Submit your Jazz Soloist Proposal here (you must a current NASA member and logged into your account)

  1. The UI Concert Jazz Band will accept 2 soloists. Brad Leali and Chip McNeill are also featured soloists.
  2. Original compositions and arrangements of standards are welcome.
  3. Soloists are allowed to perform two compositions/arrangements or one multi-movement composition, with a 20-minute time limit.
  4. 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.
  5. If you are proposing a premiere performance, 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.
  6. Soloist proposals must be submitted by September 1. Soloists will receive notification by October 1. Applicants who are not accepted are encouraged to submit a non-soloist proposal for the conference, due October 15.

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Chamber Ensemble Program for Evening Concert
Saturday, March 22 at 7:00pm

Submit your Chamber Ensemble Proposal here (you must a current NASA member and logged into your account). Please note: All Chamber Ensemble Proposals will automatically be considered for the Evening Concert on Saturday, March 22 at 7:00PM.

  1. Branford Marsalis and bassist Eric Revis, and Debra Richtmeyer and J. Michael Holmes, are featured performers.
  2. The Program Committee will choose an additional 50-60 minutes of repertoire from the chamber music performance proposals for this featured evening concert.
  3. Proposals must be submitted by October 15.

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Professional Classical Solo and Chamber Music Performance Proposals

SOLO: Submit your Professional Classical Solo Proposal here (you must a current NASA member and logged into your account)

CHAMBER: Submit your Professional Chamber Music Proposal here (you must a current NASA member and logged into your account).  Please note: All Chamber Ensemble Proposals will automatically be considered for the Evening Concert on Saturday, March 22 at 7:00PM.

  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.
  4. Proposals must be submitted by October 15.

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Student Classical Proposals

Submit your Student Classical Proposal here (you must a current NASA member and logged into your account)

  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. Submit your master class participation form here.
  4. Saxophone ensembles (with performers of all ages) are welcome to apply.
  5. Proposals must be submitted by October 15.

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Professional Jazz Performance Proposals

Submit your Jazz Performance Proposal here (you must a current NASA member and logged into your account)

  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.
  5. Proposals must be submitted by October 15.

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Student Jazz Proposals

Submit your Student Jazz Proposal here (you must a current NASA member and logged into your account)

  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. Submit your master class participation form here.
  7. For master class presentations, students must be at the university senior or graduate level.
  8. Proposals must be submitted by October 15.

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

LECTURE: Submit your Lecture Proposal here (you must a current NASA member and logged into your account)

MASTER CLASS: Submit your Master Class Proposal here (you must a current NASA member and logged into your account)

PANEL DISCUSSION: Submit your Panel Discussion Proposal here (you must a current NASA member and logged into your account)

  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. For jazz presentations, proposals must be self-contained and bring their own rhythm sections if needed.
  3. 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.
  4. Presentations and/or Panel Discussions must not exceed 50 minutes.
  5. Proposals must be submitted by October 15.

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Other Information

  • The program committee will only accept proposals from student and professional members of the North American Saxophone Alliance. You may join or renew your membership in the Alliance if your membership is not current (professional-US$35.00, student/senior citizen-US$25.00, youth $10) when you submit your proposal. You may join or renew your membership online at http://www.saxalliance.org/
  • Please make every effort to ensure your application is complete before you submit it. Incomplete applications will not be considered. You may amend your application after it is submitted up to the deadline.
  • NASA Collaborative Pianists are available for a fee.
  • Questions regarding programming should be directed to Connie Frigo, Chair of the Program Committee, at: conniefrigo@gmail.com
  • Questions regarding performance space, resources, performers, or any other site considerations may be directed to J. Michael Holmes, Conference Co-Host, at: holmes2@illinois.edu.