Summer Saxophone Camp

Summer Saxophone Course participants
This program has been canceled for the 2021 summer semester. Please check back for information on the 2022 Summer Saxophone Camp.

The Summer Saxophone Camp is an intensive program of chamber music, master classes, and lessons. All styles are welcome as the course will focus on intermediate and advanced fundamentals of saxophone performance. There will be concerts every evening from faculty and internationally renowned guest artists. The final concert will feature student chamber groups and selected student solo performances.  

Schedule Overview

Tuesday 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Registration 
7:30 pm, Opening Concert 
Wednesday Classes begin at 9:00 am
Thursday Classes continue
Friday Classes continue
Saturday  10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Twin Cities Saxophone Day at Schmitt Music in Brooklyn Center (Transportation Provided)
Clinic with Leo P
Saxophone Choir, Quartet, and Solo performances. 
Depart at 5:00 pm 

Previous Faculty and Guest Artists

  • Dr. Preston Duncan, Director, and U of M School of Music Saxophone Faculty
  • Dr. Stephen Page – Saxophone Professor at the University at Austin
  • Dr. Julia Nolan – Saxophone Professor at the University of British Columbia
  • Dr. Ben Cold - Saxophone Professor at Bemidji State University
  • Special Guest, Leo P for Saturday at Schmitt Music

About the Director

For this class, Dr. Duncan is joined by Dr. Stephen Page, saxophone professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and Julia Nolan, saxophone professor at the University of British Columbia. Together, they will be conducting daily performance masterclasses and giving private lessons throughout the week. 
This course is designed for all level students in 9th grade and above. There will be quite a few college-level students and adults as well. There will be breakout sessions for different levels and age-appropriate chamber groups. Come one, come all, it’s time to get better at the saxophone! There will be a pianist for the performance masterclasses, so please bring your scores.

Sample Daily Schedule

9:00 am – 12:00 pm  Performance and Techniques Class (Breakout sessions)
12:00 – 1:00 pm  Lunch
1:00 – 3:00 pm  Saxophone Ensemble Choir and Chamber Music 
3:30 – 6:00 pm  Private Lessons and Practice 

Application & Cost

Tuition: $450 + housing (below).
Open to only 20 performers. 

To apply for admission, please complete our application form (coming in Sprintg 2022), then mail your tuition to:

Saxophone Summer Camp
University of Minnesota School of Music
100 Ferguson Hall
2106 4th Street South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Please make your check payable to the University of Minnesota with the participant name in the memo line.


  • Single room: $51 per night 
  • Double room: $38 per night
  • Rooms available for the nights of August 18–21 (Camp finishes on August 22)

If the participant is under 18 years of age, there is a $50 chaperone fee. 


There is no meal plan for the week. There are several excellent restaurants and cafés within walking distance of the School of Music. See restaurant guide for more information