Wisconsin Saxophone Clinic (WiSC)

Saturday February 20, 2021 (1–4:30 p.m.)

Location: Virtual Event (via Zoom)
Questions: romann@uwm.edu
Registration: Register Now

The Wisconsin Saxophone Clinic (WiSC) aims to empower and inspire pre-college saxophonists to pursue musical and professional excellence through an accessible and inclusive day of learning.

WiSC was founded on the idea that young saxophonists throughout the state of Wisconsin and beyond should have an opportunity to come together for a day of fellowship and learning. We have made this event FREE to attend because we believe that cost should never be a barrier to pursuing artistic growth. At WiSC, you will learn from professional saxophonists at the forefront of the field, gaining valuable insights on everything from how to practice to how to have a successful audition. If you want to take your saxophone playing to the next level, WiSC is the place to be!

This year, WiSC will take place online via Zoom. If you’ve never used Zoom before, don’t worry! It’s a simple and secure platform that allows us to connect with each other without having to leave our homes. When you only have to travel as far as your computer, tablet, or smartphone, it’s never been easier to improve your saxophone skills.

All it takes to register for WiSC is filling out the form below — no fees and no hassle. We can’t wait to meet you and help you unlock new levels of saxophone excellence!

Registration deadline Wednesday, February 17 at 5 p.m.

Register Now!

Schedule of Events

1:00–1:15 p.m. Welcome Address
1:15–2:30 p.m. Group Lessons
2:45–3:30 p.m. Roundtable Discussion
3:30–4:15 p.m. Guest Artist Recital
4:15–4:30 p.m. Prize Draw and Wrap-Up


Can I register if I don’t live in Wisconsin?

Absolutely! WiSC is open to pre-college students anywhere in the world!

Can I register if I am in college?

WiSC is currently open to pre-college saxophonists only.

Can I participate in WiSC if I can only be there for part of the time?

Yes, you can attend as much of WiSC as you like. If you arrive later than the start time, one of our Zoom monitors will let you into the session.

Does WiSC cost money?

No! WiSC is completely free to attend — all you have to do is register.

What exactly will I be doing during WiSC?

First, you will participate in a group lesson with each of the 3 instructors. We recommend that you have your saxophone out and ready to play along during these sessions (you will stay muted when you play) to get the full experience. Next, there will be a panel discussion between the instructors during which you will be able to ask questions either verbally or by using the chat feature. Finally, you will get to watch an exclusive live streamed performance by our Guest Artists Dr. Kenneth Tse and Casey Dierlam Tse. Oh, and you have the opportunity to win some great swag from our partners.

What is Zoom and what safety precautions is WiSC taking?

Zoom is a video conferencing tool that many in the music field have been using to facilitate instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic. WiSC will keep our session secure by using a password and waiting room to prevent any unregistered guests from attending. WiSC will not be recorded.

What technology do I need to participate in WiSC

You will need a device that can access our Zoom session. This could be a computer, tablet, or smartphone that can connect to WiFi.

Do I have to have my camera and/or microphone on during WiSC Zoom session?

While we would prefer to see your smiling face during WiSC, we understand and recognize that there are many reasons why a student may not want to have their camera turned on and so you are welcome to participate in WiSC in whatever way you feel comfortable. Zoom features a chat function that you can utilize to communicate with the instructors should you prefer.


Kenneth Tse

Hong Kong-born Kenneth Tse is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading classical saxophonists. He burst onto the international music scene in 1996 after winning the New York International Artists Competitions and The Alex Award from the National Alliance for Excellence. The New York Times hailed him as a “young virtuoso.”  Both awards led to his debut performances at New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall. Since then he has performed as a soloist on five continents. He has also been invited as a guest clinician at major music conferences hosted by the California Band Directors’ Association, the Iowa Bandmasters Association and The Midwest Clinic International Band, Orchestra and Music Conference. He is often invited to give masterclasses at major music conservatories around the world including the Conservatoire de Paris, the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia. More recently he served as a jury member at the prestigious 6th Adolphe Sax International Saxophone Competition in Belgium. Kenneth Tse has recorded seven CDs for the Crystal label and appears on twelve other recordings for the RIAX Records, Enharmonic Records, Arizona University Recordings and MSR Classics labels. A strong advocate for new music, he has premiered and recorded over thirty works dedicated to him by many noted American and international composers. His arrangements for the saxophone are published by Reed Music in Australia and he has also contributed many articles for the Saxophone Journal, The Instrumentalist, Fanfare, The Saxophone Symposium, Iowa Bandmasters Association Magazine, Japan’s Piper and the Yamaha Education Suite. Kenneth Tse is currently Professor of Saxophone at The University of Iowa, Past-President of the International Saxophone Committee and North American Saxophone Alliance and founder of the Hong Kong International Saxophone Symposium. His website is kenneth-tse.com.

Casey Dierlam Tse

An avid performer of contemporary music, Casey  Dierlam Tse devotes herself in promoting new music. She has won several prizes in international competitions, including first prize at the Rose Petroff College Piano Competition held in San Antonio, TX, finalist at the St. Louis Artist Presentation Society Competition, alternate for the New Orleans International Piano Competition and Honorable Mention in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition in New York City. Besides her solo career, Casey is also an active collaborative artist.  She has been a coordinator for staff pianists for North American Saxophone Alliance conferences and competitions. She has collaborated with many internationally renowned saxophonists: Claude Delangle, Branford Marsalis, Debra Richtmeyer, Kenneth Tse, McChrystal , Julie Nolan, et. al.. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame and currently serves as a piano instructor and accompanist at Knox College.

Brandon Quarles (Host)

Brandon Quarles is the Associate Lecturer of Classical Saxophone at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and he is the Executive Director and soprano saxophonist of ~Nois. A Chicago-based saxophone quartet founded in 2016, ~Nois (pronounced “noise”) has become one of the premier ensembles in the United States by combining contemporary classical music and improvisation. Described as “invigorating” (The New Yorker), ~Nois has been awarded top prizes at prestigious chamber music competitions including the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the M-Prize International Arts Competition. Since its founding, ~Nois has given over 70 performances in 20 states with appearances at festivals such as Big Ears and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and over 30 academic institutions. The quartet recently released its debut album, Is This ~Nois, featuring the music of composers with strong ties to its home of Chicago.

Brandon has also performed with chamber groups such as Eighth Blackbird, Ensemble Dal Niente, and the Zafa Collective, and orchestras such as the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra. Since 2014, Brandon has given the world premiere of over 50 works for the saxophone and continues to bring new music to the world through his own improvisational practice. In addition to performing on and teaching the saxophone, Brandon recently designed and taught an undergraduate course on the music and history of the Beatles at Northwestern University. Since his teenage years, Brandon has been making music in the pop/rock idiom as a performer on saxophone, vocals, guitars, and keyboards in addition to songwriting and arranging.

Brandon is a Candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a cognate in music theory at Northwestern University and holds degrees from Northwestern University (MM) and the University of Georgia (BM). His teachers have been Clint Schmitt, Connie Frigo, and Taimur Sullivan.

Nicki Roman (Host)

Nicki Roman is the Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts. As a multi-award winning saxophonist, she has been a prize-winner at prestigious competitions such as the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Solo Competition, Music Teacher’s National Association Young Artist Solo Competition, William C. Byrd International Competition, and is the first saxophonist to be the recipient of the International Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship. Her research on the music of Bruno Mantovani has been presented at national and international conferences, including the most recent World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia. She has been a featured concerto soloist with the Eastman Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Wind Ensemble, UW-Milwaukee Wind Ensemble, Illinois Wind Symphony, University of North Florida Orchestra, and the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. Nicki is a member of the Fuego Quartet, who just released their debut album Migration under Parma Recordings. They have been successful in numerous competitions, including winning the 2017 Fischoff Gold Medal and prizes in the 2017 Plowman Chamber Music Competition and the MTNA National Chamber Music Competition. A strong advocate for female musicians, she is a member of the Committee on the Status of Women in NASA. At UWM, Nicki teaches applied saxophone, coaches chamber music, is the director of the UWM Saxophone Ensemble, and recently designed a new course on careers in music. During her summers, she serves on faculty at the Great Plains Saxophone Workshop and Institute. She has also taught at the Eastman Summer Saxophone Institute (ESSI), the Illinois Summer Youth Music Camps (ISYM) and the Young Saxophonist’s Institute (YSI). She recently earned her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the Eastman School of Music where she was the first female Assistant Director of the Eastman Saxophone Project. Nicki is a Conn-Selmer and Vandoren Performing Artist.