• August, 2015
  • Professional Development Session with Ian Morgan
    2 Aug 2015 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Who should go: Clarinet and saxophone teachers

    Presenter: Ian Morgan

    Venue: Balwyn Library meeting room

    An opportunity to discuss any or all areas of clarinet and saxophone teaching with colleagues, led by CLASAX Patron Ian Morgan (former MSO associate principal clarinet, AMEB Chair of Woodwind Examining Panel, experienced teacher). We know that instrumental teaching can be a bit lonely, with little opportunity to brainstorm with others – this is your chance to see how others are teaching, as well as to ask any burning questions you may have.

    Registration is NOW OPEN for this event! Click here


    Saxophone Play-In
    2 Aug 2015 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Saxophone Ensemble directed by Ross Chapman.

    Clarinet Play-In
    16 Aug 2015 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Clarinet Ensemble, directed by JoAnn Griffiths.

    Super Sax Sunday
    23 Aug 2015 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

    Venue: Fintona Girls School

    Who should go: Saxophonists of all ages and abilities.

    Clinician: James Nightingale

    CLASAX have been running Super Sax Sunday annually since 2012, with renowned clinicians such as  Ian Godfrey, Martin Hemingway, Jessica Voigt and Dr Stephen Page. In 2015, we are excited to welcome saxophonist James Nightingale from New South Wales.

    The day will include ensemble playing, masterclasses, recitals and seminars on a variety of different saxophone topics – something for everybody! Bring your saxophones.

    About James Nightingale:

    James Nightingale (BMus, MMus, PhD) is the alto saxophonist with Australia’s premier saxophone quartet, Continuum Sax. He is highly sought-after as a soloist and ensemble player both in Australia and internationally, and has released a solo CD (Drive) and three albums with Continuum Sax, all featuring predominantly Australian works.

    James has extensive experience as a saxophone teacher and examiner, including fourteen years as a member of the part-time casual staff at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (1996-2009). He was engaged by the Australian Music Examinations Board to be the consultant editor for the AMEB Saxophone Series 2 grade books (released in 2008). He currently teaches saxophone at Sydney Grammar School.

    Registration for this event is NOW OPEN! Click here


    HD Duo Melbourne Concert
    29 Aug 2015 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

    Sydney based chamber musicians “HD Duo” (Michael Duke, saxophones and David Howie, piano) are pleased to announce their return to Melbourne as a part of their “2015 Mexican Connection” concert series tour. Through the awarding of a prestigious Department of Foreign Affairs and Trading grant, HD Duo has been able to commission and work with some of Australia’s and Mexico’s most dynamic and exciting composers on this cultural exchange project. In April of this year, the duo travelled to Mexico City performing, presenting live radio broadcasts, work-shopping with composers and presenting master classes of new music. Now, they are taking this concert to Australian audiences around the country in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Darwin.

    Who: HD Duo (Michael Duke, saxophones and David Howie, piano)

    When: Saturday 29th August 7pm

    Where: St John’s Church Southgate,

    20 City Rd, Southbank Melbourne

    Tickets: Free, but please reserve a ticket through http://www.eventbrite.com/e/hd-duo-mexican-connection-tickets-16590274959 (also a link is available from www.michael-duke.com )

    Come and hear vibrant new works by Australian (Paul Sarcich, Miriama Young, Catherine Likhuta) and Mexican (Enrico Chapela, Lilia Vasquez Keuntz, Arturo Marquez) composers written especially for HD Duo

    Monash Clarinet Mega Day
    30 Aug 2015 08:30 AM - 08:00 PM

             Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music

    Monash University Clarinet Mega Day Sunday August 30, 2015


    Monash University School of Music invites all clarinet players to the Clarinet Mega Day III. Come along for a day of all of things clarinet. Featuring masterclasses with leading professionals, orchestral excerpt class, warm up session, vendor exhibits, panel discussions, VCE masterclasses and join in with a performance of the Monash Clarinet Mega Day Clarinet Choir.




    Paul Champion – Principal Clarinet, Orchestra Victoria

    Philip Arkinstal – Associate Principal Clarinet, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

    David Griffiths – Ensemble Liaison, Senior Lecturer in Clarinet, Monash University

    Philip Green – Associate Principal Clarinet, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Former Principal Clarinet, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

     Registration now open for this even. For more information and registration see: Monash-Clarinet-Mega-Day-2015

  • September, 2015
  • Saxophone Play-In
    13 Sep 2015 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Saxophone ensemble, directed by Ross Chapman.

    Clarinet Play-In
    20 Sep 2015 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Clarinet Ensemble, directed by JoAnn Griffiths.

    Junior CLASAX Day
    25 Sep 2015 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM

    Friday September 25th between 9:00am-4:30pm, Highvale Primary School (Glen Waverley) with Ben Snowdon and Daniel Nealon

    This day is for all clarinet and saxophone students who range from beginners to AMEB Grade 4 standard . Students will spend the day as part of an ensemble, led by educators and single reed players Ben Snowdon and Daniel Nealon. Activities will include:

    ♫ Workshops on breathing, tonguing and other techniques, and a session with D’Addario reeds

    ♫ Playing great music in small and large ensembles

    ♫ Making new friends who play clarinet and saxophone

    ♫ Showcasing the day’s activities in an open session for family and friends at the end of the day

    Please note that students will need to bring their own lunch, snacks and music stand to the day

     Registration is now open! Click here


  • October, 2015
  • Saxophone Play-In
    4 Oct 2015 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Saxophone ensemble directed by Ross Chapman.

    Clarinet Play-In
    18 Oct 2015 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Clarinet Ensemble, directed by JoAnn Griffiths.

  • November, 2015
  • Saxophone Play-In
    8 Nov 2015 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Saxophone ensemble directed by Ross Chapman.

    Clarinet Play-In
    15 Nov 2015 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

    Clarinet Ensemble, directed by JoAnn Griffiths.

    End-of-year Concert
    22 Nov 2015 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

    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 2015.