2014 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. 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.

NASA 2014 Conference Information

Co-hostsThe North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Biennial National Conference will be held at the University of Illinois March 20-23, 2014 with Co-Hosts Professor Debra Richtmeyer and Dr. J. Michael Holmes. The 2014 conference will open with the 7PM Concerto Concert on Thursday, March 20 and it will end on Sunday, March 23 at 4PM. The entire conference schedule can be found here.

Special featured Artists will include internationally renowned classical saxophone legends Frederick Hemke and Eugene Rousseau and internationally renowned jazz saxophone stars Jeff Coffin, Brad Leali and Chip McNeill.

Featured Artists
Featured Artists

All evening concerts will be held in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (KCPA) Foellinger Great Hall. Daytime events will be held throughout the School of Music and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

The 2014 NASA Conference events will include soloists with the UI Wind Symphony, UI Symphony Orchestra and Concert Jazz Band, as well as numerous classical and jazz chamber music concerts, master classes and lectures. A new “NASA Nightcap” Jazz Series will be held each evening after the KCPA Great Hall concert at Stage 5 in the Krannert lobby.

In addition to the conference activities, five different college and high school age classical and jazz saxophone competitions will be held before and during the conference (NASA Collaborative Pianists are available for a fee).

2014 Dates/Times

  • Thursday, March 20, 2014:
  • Friday, March 21, 2014:
    • 8AM-5:30PM – Performances, Masterclasses, Lectures, & Exhibits
    • 7PM – Evening Jazz Concert
    • 9PM – NASA Nightcap Jazz Series
  • Saturday, March 22, 2014:
  • Sunday, March 23, 2014:
    • 8AM-4PM – Performances, Masterclasses, Lectures, & Exhibits
    • 9AM – general membership meeting
    • 4PM – conference ends

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NASA History

The origins of the North American Saxophone Alliance date from the First World Saxophone Congress, held in Chicago in December of 1969. Following the lead of our colleagues in France, who created the Association of French Saxophonists in 1971, the North American Saxophone Alliance was established in 1976 under the leadership of Frederick Hemke. Since then, NASA has offered state, regional, and international conferences attracting many important saxophonists to present performances, lectures and master classes. NASA is the largest organization in the western hemisphere dedicated to the establishment of the saxophone as a medium of serious musical expression.

Past NASA Biennial Conferences