The FSU Saxophone Orchestra was selected from a national pool of applicants to perform a program at the 2020 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, the most prestigious and well-attended saxophone-centric event in North America. This year’s conference is at Arizona State University, which significantly increases our cost of travel. We are very fortunate for this incredible opportunity to perform and connect with other musicians in our field! The experience afforded to the students through this performance is invaluable for them, and it is also critical in providing exposure for our studio, the College of Music, and our university as a whole. The exposure will result in FSU attracting the best and brightest saxophonists from around the country, increasing the quality of music-making we already enjoy at FSU. It is expensive to fly all personnel and instruments so we are asking for financial assistance. Any donation would be greatly appreciated!
Directed by Geoffrey Deibel and conducted by Keith Dodson, the FSU Saxophone Orchestra consists of students in the FSU saxophone studio. Playing saxophone voices ranging from soprano to bass, the ensemble performs a diverse repertoire of both transcriptions and original music for the saxophone. Students from the FSU Saxophone Studio have won numerous national and international solo and chamber music competitions - including first place in the 1999 and 2007 MTNA Young Artist Chamber Music Competitions, and first prizes at the 2019 NASA Region VI Conference Competitions. Three former students are currently members of the internationally renowned Raschèr Saxophone Quartet. The group is also active in the commissioning of new works for large ensemble.