Full Recitals: $2,500 - $3,000 (travel distance considered)
Master Classes/Clinics: $800-$1,000 (see our website for educational programs)
Concerto Performances with Band/Orchestra/Chorus: $1,000-$1,500
Fees are negotiable based on travel and lodging.
Throughout the year.
Concerts by the Washington Saxophone Quartet are suitable for all ages. And, since the saxophone is often the most popular instrument in schools, student players who attend our concerts relate to the music very well.
Four chairs. Good lighting. Announcing microphone for larger audiences.
Washington Saxophone Quartet (WSaxQ), performing since 1976, is the most widely heard saxophone quartet in the United States. Since 1997, recorded arrangements by the Washington Saxophone Quartet have aired daily throughout the United States on NPR's broadcasts of "All Things Considered." When touring, the Quartet's concert audiences enjoy their connection to WSaxQ when they discover they've been listening to the group's music during afternoon "drive-time." And it often comes as a surprise that they've been hearing four saxophones! Your audience will hear the refined sounds of a string quartet, the rich harmonies of an organ prelude, and the excitement of a jazz sax section. A unique experience. Virtually every concert audiences members tell us, “I had no idea the saxophone could sound like that!”
The saxophone is a relatively new instrument, invented in 1840 by Adolphe Sax, who envisioned a family of instruments, from highest to lowest, much like a choir of voices. The Washington Saxophone Quartet – Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone – takes full advantage of that by performing music in virtually all periods of music, from the renaissance to contemporary, programming examples: Johann Sebastian Bach or Arcangelo Corelli; an original work for saxophone quartet, perhaps from the United States, France or Belgium; an arrangement of a work by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel or Aaron Copland; the quartet also frequently performs works composed for them. The possibilities for repertoire are almost limitless.
In concert, the quartet guides the audience along with commentary and insight into the music. It has always been the goal of the Washington Saxophone Quartet to enlighten its listeners and entertain with the highest levels of performance. And for those who may not have heard a saxophone quartet, and there are many, our hope is that it will be a delightful surprise and memorable experience.
The Washington Saxophone Quartet offers a wide variety of educational programs. For young audiences – Pre-K through elementary – we present an interactive concert/demonstration highlighting the elements of music: Melody, Harmony, Rhythm and augment that with the Language of Music. (details on our website: http://www.wsaxq.com/educational-program/ )
For Middle School and High School audiences we present programs that highlight various periods in music, including music of today, and composers from around the world. We also work with instrumental music teachers to prepare their students when possible. For band students we offer master classes and clinic demonstrations. At the college level, we have tailored our programs, to include short and long-term residencies to meet the needs of the students and teachers.
From the radio program “Performance Today” , this is particularly special since it’s a signature piece for us that they presented from one of our performances:
The following links are video and audio links for the Washington Saxophone Quartet in concert and available CDs: