Wildy Zumwalt, Associate Professor
About the Area:
Established in 1946, Fredonia’s saxophone program was one of the first of its kind
in the United States. The program has a maintained a tradition of excellence in pedagogy
and performance for over 60 years, and many of today’s most successful saxophone
teachers and performers got their start at Fredonia.
The course of study in saxophone includes emphasis on the development of a focused
and flexible tone quality that is adaptable to suit different musical styles. There
is also extensive study of etudes in various styles to address issues of both technique
and musicianship, as well as the study of scales, arpeggios and intervals aimed to
develop physical mastery of the instrument. Solo and chamber music studies cover a
broad spectrum of musical styles for the development of a complete musician. Additionally,
Fredonia has one of the few active saxophone orchestras in the nation with a consort
of instruments ranging from soprano to contra-bass saxophone.
Instruction in the saxophone studio is designed to promote intelligent and sensitive
musicianship, with a teaching style that fosters independent and critical thinking
while maintaining the highest artistic standards.
With the recent addition of the Sigurd M. Raschèr Archives to Reed Library, Fredonia
is becoming recognized as one of the most important research centers for classical
saxophone in the world. This collection consists of materials that once belonged to
pioneering concert saxophonist, Sigurd Raschèr and includes artifacts, artwork, audio
materials, books, correspondence, scores, original manuscripts, musical instruments,
newspaper clippings, concert programs, press materials and photographs. These materials
are available to Fredonia students for study and research.
The saxophone program at Fredonia provides talented young students with a challenging
and nurturing learning environment. If you are serious about the saxophone and interested
in developing your musicianship to its fullest potential please consider auditioning
at SUNY Fredonia.
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