Milwaukee Saxophone Festival

saxophone festival

February 23–24, 2019

Location: Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts

The Milwaukee Saxophone Festival will encompass two full days of lectures, performances, informational sessions and master classes with two of the world’s most celebrated saxophonists and teachers: Daniel Kientzy, and Dr. Frederick Hemke, Professor Emeritus from Northwestern University. Professor Hemke is also a UWM alum and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from UWM.

Also featured will be a recital by Bill Street of the University of Alberta, Canada, performing new music for saxophone and piano. There will be performances by the Kaleidoscope Quartet (local), and UW college and university faculty and students. The 2nd day will conclude with a masterclass and recital by the award-winning Fuego Quartet. There will additionally be an opportunity for any and all participants to perform in a saxophone choir reading session on the final day.

The festival is being hosted by Nicki Roman, Visiting Professor of Saxophone at UW-Milwaukee, and Larry M. Sheets, a local saxophonist and teacher. Dr. Roman is a recent graduate of Eastman School of Music, where she received her DMA degree in saxophone performance. The festival is intended to address all levels of interest and performing abilities, from high school through high level professionals and teachers.

Event Schedule

Saturday, February 23
9–10am Registration Zelazo, Box Office
10am Welcome Address Music, Recital Hall
10:30–11:30am Daniel Kienty Lecture/Demonstration Music, Recital Hall
11:30am–12pm Performance by Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet
Music, Recital Hall
12–1pm Lunch Break
1–3pm Fred Hemke Masterclass Music, Recital Hall
3–3:30pm Milwaukee Saxophone Showcase Music, Recital Hall
4–5pm Fred Hemke Lecture/Q&A Music, Recital Hall
5pm Jazz Concert with David Hastings Zelazo, 250
6pm Dinner Break
7:30pm Bill Street Recital Zelazo, Bader Hall

*Vendors will be open from 12-2pm in Music Building room 150

Sunday, February 24
9–10am Check-in Music, Lobby
10am–12pm Daniel Kientzy Masterclass Music, Recital Hall
12–1pm Lunch Break
1–2pm -Fuego Quartet Masterclass
-Vandoren Reed Showcase
-Music, Recital Hall
-Music, 150
2–3pm -Improvisation Clinic
-Musician Wellness
-Music, 150
-Zelazo, 171
3–4pm Baritone Saxophone Recital Music, Recital Hall
4–5pm Fuego Quartet Recital Music, Recital Hall
5–6pm Saxophone Ensemble Reading Session Zelazo, Bader Hall



Deadline for masterclass registration FEB. 1

Individual $27
Solo Masterclass $52 (incl. individual registration)
Quartet Masterclass $152 (incl. registration for all members)
Festival Community Pass $17

(A $2 box office handling fee is included in the price. Website purchases have an additional $4 fee. Day-of registration please add an additional $10 per registrant). 

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The Plaza Hotel Milwaukee
Rate: $89/night (one queen), $190/night (two queens)
Availability: 2/22, 2/23, 2/24
Phone: (414) 276-2101
Address: 1007 N Cass Street Milwaukee WI 53202
Distance: 3 miles
Additional Info: Paid parking lot, café in hotel
*Call for UWM Music Festival Rate 
*Book by 1/23/19

Holiday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront
Rate: $119/night
Availability: 2/22, 2/23, 2/24
Phone: (414) 962-6040
Address: 4700 N Port Washington Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53212
Distance: 4 miles
Additional Info: Free parking lot, restaurant in hotel
*Call for UWM Music Festival Rate 

La Quinta Inn & Suites Milwaukee Bayshore
Rate: $71.10/night
Availability: 2/22, 2/23, 2/24
Phone: (414) 964-8484
Address: 5110 North Port Washington Rd Glendale, WI 53217
Distance: 4.2 miles
Additional Info: Free parking lot, free breakfast
*Call for UWM Music Festival Rate 
*Book by 2/1/19