Southeastern Louisiana University hosts a dedicated and progressive saxophone studio, teaching diverse repertoire and developing young professionals.
Today’s saxophonists need skills in a variety of contexts. Southeastern provides these to all our saxophonists whether performing as lead tenor in a big band, baritone saxophone in a saxophone quartet, soprano saxophone with an exposed solo in an orchestra, or premiering a new work for alto saxophone.
Southeastern trains students to teach at the elementary, middle or high school level, and even to double in the pit orchestra of a Broadway show.
Under the tutelage of Richard A. Schwartz, the Southeastern Louisiana University saxophone studio prepares the aspiring saxophonist for such professional skills through a multitude of performance opportunities and courses of study.
Southeastern offers private instruction on the most challenging of standard repertoire and encourages students to enroll in the music education program, to discover jazz improvisation, history and arranging, to investigate transcriptions from other repertoire and to study other woodwind instruments. Students are also encouraged to study Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Our students are active in the community, and our proximity to New Orleans provides numerous freelance opportunities.
Members of the saxophone studio enjoy performing on the studio recital. Students also collaborate for a chamber music recital each semester in our Pottle Music Building Auditorium.
Saxophone quartets provide an appealing learning atmosphere. Unlike larger ensembles, each member of the saxophone quartet provides a solo line. Southeastern has hosted as many as four saxophone quartets in a given semester. Rehearsing two to three times a week, each quartet has the opportunity to perform on the saxophone studio recital and perform for area events and functions. Southeastern saxophone students wanting to participate in a saxophone quartet must sign-up for sign-up for MUS-145-445 / 545, section 10.
Richard A. Schwartz, instructor of saxophone and jazz at Southeastern Louisiana University, accomplished his solo debut in Los Angeles with a performance of Jacques Ibert’s Concertino da Camera for alto saxophone and orchestra. Mr. Schwartz, a native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, authored the recognized intonation tool The Tuning C.D.  and instructional guide Circular Breathe Now  and has been awarded United States patents. Schwartz has worked as a freelance musician throughout the United States and Italy, performing solos with such musical legends as Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin. He has played back-up for recording artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Byron Stripling, The Temptations, and Patti Austin and performed in orchestras, most notably the Boston Pops. As a woodwind doubler, Mr. Schwartz performed in pit orchestras, including the national tours of Kiss Me, Kate and The Producers.
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