Adolphe Sax Bicentennial Festival (Florida- UNITED STATES)

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DATE: 6th to 8th November 2014

PLACE: Florida University




Adolphe Sax Bicentennial Festival

Mark your calendars for the Adolphe Sax Bicentennial Festival taking place November 6-8, 2014 on the campus of the University of Florida. This three-day event will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Adolphe Sax, inventor of the saxophone. The event will include Performances, Master Classes, Lectures, Exhibits, and a high school saxophone competition. We also plan to feature sessions on music business, saxophone repair, and career strategies for musicians.

The Call for Participation can be found. here:

Preliminary information on the High School Saxophone Competition has also been posted here.

Travel information will be posted this summer.

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We look forward to welcoming you to sunny Florida in November!


Jonathan Helton, Festival Host
(352) 273-3179

Schedule of Events

Special Guest: Dr. Frederick L, Hemke
Professor Emeritus, Northwestern University

Thursday, November 6, 2014
7:30 pm, University Auditorium – University of Florida Wind Symphony Concert
David Waybright, conductor
Jonathan Helton, saxophone soloist
Friday, November 7, 2014
All Day, Music Building – Exhibits, Performances, Lectures
Saturday, November 8, 2014
All Day, Music Building – Exhibits, Performances, Workshops, Lectures, High School Saxophone Performance Competition 

Event details will be added to this schedule as they are arranged. 


Call for Participation

Participation in the Adolphe Sax Bicentennial Festival and Conference is open to all performers and scholars interested in presenting research or a performance which demonstrates the inventive genius of Adolphe Sax and the capabilities of his creations.

Proposals for participation will be accepted in four categories: Performance, Research, Master Class Presentation, and Panel Discussion. We will also accept nominations for students to perform on the master classes. At this time, proposal length will not be restricted, however, please be ready to propose a shortened program if demand for participation is high. The conference program will be structured with few concurrent events and reasonable presentation lengths in order to allow for a good experience for both presenters and attendees. As a result, participation will be limited.

Proposals will be accepted via an online form. If you plan to propose more than one work, please submit a separate proposal for each one; they will be considered together as a single submission. If you need more fields than are present on the form (more movements, more performers, etc.) please contact Jonathan Helton (


Access the Performance Proposal form here:
Recordings may be requested at a later date if deemed necessary by the selection committee.

Access the Research Proposal form here:
Recommended reading: “Successful Session Abstracts”

Access the Master Class Presenter form here: 

Access the Master Class Performer nomination form here: 

If you would like to propose a Panel Discussion, please contact Jonathan Helton via email after June 1. Recommended reading on panel discussions:


Please submit your proposals as soon as possible. The final deadline for proposal submission is July 15, 2014

Thank you for your interest in participating in this event.



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