Upcoming events of interest to clarinet and sax players

  • April, 2014
  • Mixed Woodwind Ensemble
    21 Apr 2014 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Mixed Woodwind Ensemble. Contact JoAnn Griffiths for more information, or click here to read more about the ensemble


    Clarinet Play-In
    27 Apr 2014 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Clarinet Play-In with tutor JoAnn Griffiths. Contact us for more details or visit here to find out more about the ensemble.


  • May, 2014
  • Backun afternoon
    3 May 2014 02:30 PM - 05:30 PM

    An opportunity for CLASAX members to try out Backun clarinets and equipment at The Music Place, South Melbourne. More information coming soon! 


    Saxophone Play-In
    4 May 2014 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Saxophone Play-In with tutor Ross Chapman. Contact us for more details or click  here to read more about the ensemble.


    Mixed Woodwind Ensemble
    5 May 2014 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

    Mixed Woodwind Ensemble. Contact JoAnn Griffiths for more information, or click here to read more about the ensemble


    Clarinet Play-In
    18 May 2014 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Clarinet Play-In with tutor JoAnn Griffiths. Contact us for more details or visit here to find out more about the ensemble.


    Mixed Woodwind Ensemble
    19 May 2014 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

    Mixed Woodwind Ensemble. Contact JoAnn Griffiths for more information, or click here to read more about the ensemble


    Mixed Woodwind Ensemble
    19 May 2014 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

    Mixed Woodwind Ensemble. Contact JoAnn Griffiths for more information, or click here to read more about the ensemble


    Mark Walton Weekend
    31 May 2014 09:00 PM - 04:30 PM

    Date: Saturday May 31st and Sunday June 1st.
    Venue: TBA
    Who should go:
    Saturday: Clarinet and Saxophone players of all ages
    Sunday: Clarinet and Saxophone teachers
    Presenter: Mark Walton
    CLASAX are thrilled to be welcoming renowned educator and reed player Mark Walton to Melbourne for two workshops in May/June. Many of you will have learnt from or taught with his popular Notecruncher and 66 Great Tunes series, and his flexibly scored ensemble pieces are standard with many woodwind groups.
    The Saturday workshop will have an ensemble focus– bring your instruments! The Sunday workshop will be a professional development session for woodwind teachers (PD certificates will be available for VIT requirements).
    About Mark Walton:
    Mark Walton is a highly respected and popular figure in the Australian and New Zealand musical scene and widely acknowledged as a virtuoso clarinet and saxophone performer, inspiring teacher and charismatic musician.
    Mark has held senior positions and been the guest artist in many of the leading International Musical Institutions from London to Kabul. For many years Mark held the position of Chair of Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
    Mark has recorded numerous solo albums, written and compiled over 200 hundred music publications and performed in many parts of the world. He is also regarded as a leading authority and pioneer in Distance Instrumental Music Education and currently he teaches students in several different countries.
    Mark was awarded the Order of Australia medal in 2005 for his contribution to Music Education in Australia.
    Mark has written three books, How Did It Happen?, Teacher Talk and Notes of Discovery all of which are available online as eBooks. The proceeds from these books go to the Christchurch School of Music Support Trust.


  • June, 2014
  • Saxophone Play-In
    1 Jun 2014 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Saxophone Play-In with tutor Ross Chapman. Contact us for more details or click  here to read more about the ensemble.


    Mixed Woodwind Ensemble
    2 Jun 2014 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

    Mixed Woodwind Ensemble. Contact JoAnn Griffiths for more information, or click here to read more about the ensemble


    CLASAX Performance Competition
    13 Jun 2014 09:00 PM - 04:30 PM

    Registration for this event is now open! Click here

    Date: Friday June 13th (evening) and Saturday June 14th (day) 2014
    Venue: Fintona Girls School, Balwyn
    Who should go: clarinet and saxophone students who wish to perform solo or in like instrument groups.
    Adjudicators: TBA
    A highlight of the CLASAX calendar for many years has been the Performance Competition. This is an excellent opportunity for students to “air” pieces being prepared for exams, get feedback from our adjudicators on their performances, and perform in front of a supportive and friendly audience. Solo sections will be run from 10 years and under up to Open (no age limit), and Ensembles will be from Primary School up to 18 years and under. Prizes will be awarded in each section, and all participants will receive a written critique on their performance.


    Clarinet Play-In
    15 Jun 2014 10:39 PM - 11:39 PM

    Clarinet Play-In with tutor JoAnn Griffiths. Contact us for more details or visit here to find out more about the ensemble.


    Mixed Woodwind Ensemble
    16 Jun 2014 07:30 PM - 09:09 PM

    Mixed Woodwind Ensemble. Contact JoAnn Griffiths for more information, or click here to read more about the ensemble


    CLASAX Mid-Year Concert
    20 Jun 2014 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM

    Date: Friday June 20th
    Venue: Fintona Girls School, Balwyn (June)
    Who should go: all audience members with an interest in clarinet and saxophone music, and members who wish to perform to such an audience
    The CLASAX Mid-year and End of Year Concerts are always a great evening for audience and performers alike. Both concerts feature the CLASAX Play-In ensembles, and are joined in June by prizewinners from the Performance Competition and in November by other interested performers. Each concert concludes with a delicious afternoon tea and a chat!


  • July, 2014
  • Super Sax Sunday
    20 Jul 2014 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Date: Sunday 20th July, 2014
    Venue: TBA
    Who should go: Saxophonists of all ages and abilities.
    Clinicians: Dr Stephen Page and Jessica Voigt.
    CLASAX have been running Super Sax Sunday annually since 2012, with the most recent event attracting approximately 30 participants to work with clinicians Ian Godfrey and Martin Hemingway. In 2014, we are excited to welcome saxophonists Jessica Voigt and Dr Stephen Page from the USA.
    The day will include ensemble playing, masterclasses, recitals and seminars on a variety of different saxophone topics– something for everybody! Bring your saxophones.
    About Jessica and Stephen:
    Jessica Voigt is an Australian saxophonist currently residing in the United States. She graduated from the University of Iowa in 2013 with a Master of Arts in Music Performance where she studied with Dr. Kenneth Tse, and completed a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts (2009), with an Honours degree from Monash University (2010), under the direction of Dr. Michael Lichnovsky. Jessica has performed, presented and competed across both Australia and the United States as a soloist and chamber musician, and is currently working as a freelance musician and music teacher in the United States. In 2014, Jessica will be featured as a guest artist at the Colorado Mesa University Single Reed Day and hopes to begin working on her first solo CD.

    Described by noted American composer Libby Larsen as “fearless on stage,” saxophonist Stephen Page has garnered international prominence as one of the leading saxophonist’s of today’s younger generation
    Dr. Page has appeared across three continents, in Belgium, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, and across the United States. He has performed under such notable conductors as Fredrick Fennell, Ray Cramer, Craig Kirchhoff, Alan McMurray, Gary Hill, Toshiyuki Shimada, Gary Green, Richard Heidel and Akira Mori.
    Well known for his interpretations of the great original works for saxophone, Stephen has also gained acclaim for his innovative arrangements and performances of the violin repertoire, including Sonatas by Faure, Grieg, Franck and Prokofiev, and the famous Chaconne from Bach’s second Partita. He has also furthered the saxophone repertoire through the commissioning of new works from composers such as John Mackey, David Maslanka, David Rakowski, Ida Gotkovsky, David Canfield, and Mark Lewis, and Mark Mellits, among others.
    Stephen has won no fewer than ten international and national competitions, including 1st Prizes at the North American Saxophone Alliance Solo Competition, Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Competition, AUREC Saxophone Competition and the Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition. Additionally he has been awarded 2nd Prize in the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition (2008 and 2010), the Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition, and a Silver Medal at the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
    As the Alto Saxophone chair of the critically acclaimed Zzyzx Quartet, Stephen has appeared internationally in venues both public and academic. Most recently, Zzyzx was the headlining guest at the Morehead State University Single Reed Day, and was also featured as at the North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference, performing a Concerto with the Arizona State University Wind Ensemble. In the summer of 2013, Zzyzx will present a headline concert at one of New York City’s most notable performance venues, Symphony Space, coinciding with the release of their second CD, “Intersections”.
    Dr. Page has been an active recording artist since producing his first CD at the age of 23. Since that time, he has produced eight other recordings as a soloist and chamber musician, which can be heard on the Enharmonic, Teal Creek, Crystal Music, and AUR Labels.
    Currently residing in Colorado and serving as Assistant Professor at Colorado Mesa University, Dr. Page has earned degree from the University of Minnesota, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and the University of Iowa, having studied under Eugene Rousseau, Otis Murphy and Kenneth Tse, respectively.
    Stephen Page is a Yamaha Performing Artist, as well as a Rico/D’Addario Artist.
    Stephen Page plays Yamaha Custom EX instruments, Eugene Rousseau Mouthpieces, and Rico Reserve Reeds.


  • August, 2014
  • Monash Mega Clarinet Day
    3 Aug 2014 08:42 PM - 09:42 PM

    Date: August (date TBA)
    Venue: Monash University School of Music
    Who should go: Clarinet players of all ages
    For the third year, David Griffiths at Monash University is running the Mega Clarinet Day. Clarinet players of all ages and abilities are welcomed to this day, which features master-classes, seminars on technique and an all-in clarinet choir. The day concludes with an exciting concert featuring the guest artists for the day as well as the clarinet choir involving all participants. Not to be missed!


    Professional Development Day
    9 Aug 2014 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM

    Date: Saturday 9th August, 2014
    Venue: TBA
    Who should go: Clarinet and saxophone teachers
    Presenter: Neville Shade
    The second of our professional development sessions for 2014, this day focuses on the unique problems encountered in different areas of teaching the clarinet and saxophone. In previous years, participants have found that networking with other reed teachers has been helpful, as well as open discussions on different topics in addition to a variety of different sessions to attend. Topics for sessions will be published closer to the date.
    About Neville Shade:
    Neville graduated from Melbourne State College with a B.Ed. He is an AMEB Examiner, VCAA Assessor, Deputy Director of Music at Methodist Ladies College, and a professional woodwind doubler and teacher. He has been involved with the recent AMEB syllabus reviews and new syllabus development. Neville also takes a keen interest in the development and improvement of the teaching of woodwind instruments.
    He is well known for presentations to students and staff on areas of exam preparation


  • November, 2014
  • CLASAX End of Year Concert
    23 Nov 2014 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Date: November 23rd, 2014.
    Venue:  High Street Uniting Church, Mount Waverley
    Who should go: all audience members with an interest in clarinet and saxophone music, and members who wish to perform to such an audience
    The CLASAX Mid-year and End of Year Concerts are always a great evening for audience and performers alike. Both concerts feature the CLASAX Play-In ensembles, and are joined in June by prizewinners from the Performance Competition and in November by other interested performers. Each concert concludes with a delicious afternoon tea and a chat!
    A call for performers for the end of year concert appear in the August issue of the CLASAX magazine, but it’s never too early to start thinking about your performances for 2014!